You are getting a full eight hours of sleep, if not more, each night. So why are you still feeling tired when you wake up in the morning? That’s because it’s not just how much you sleep that dictates a good night’s rest. The quality of your kip time is just as important.
Essential reading: Ten gadgets for advanced sleep monitoring
Its vital to practice healthy sleep habits, also known as good sleep hygene. For example, make sure you’re comfortable at night by choosing a supportive mattress and comfy pillows. A lumpy, uncomfortable bed will make it much harder to catch some ZZZs.
Another key factor is reducing stress. This is because your body is programmed to stay alert when under pressure. Practice a relaxing bed time routine and avoid over-stimulating activities or drinks before going to sleep.
The recognised test for measuring and analyzing sleep is the polysomnography test. However, there is a growing demand for consumers to access and understand their sleep patterns at home. The good news is, wearable technology is making this increasingly possible.
Tracking your sleep at home provides you with insight into behaviours, which is the first step to assessing the quality of your sleep and improving it.
Improving your sleep quality with data
Detailed information: Each sleep recording provides a wealth of information about sleep patterns. A decent sleep tracking device will dish out info on how long it took you to drift off, how much time you spent moving at night, the amount of time spent in each sleep stage and more. These are all important when it comes to understanding the quality of your sleep. Some even provide an overall sleep score, enabling you to understand at a glance how well you’ve done.
Trends: Wearable devices can build a picture of sleep habits over time. This is much more useful that looking at a single night’s data. Armed with long-term information, you are in a much better position to make healthy adjustments to your routine.
Actionable data: As data collected is a direct record of your nightly rest, you are able to keep track of and identify factors that improve your sleep and remove habits or behaviours that don’t work in your favour.
Personal wake up calls: Sleep tracking devices read your stages of sleep, so can wake you up when you are in your lightest stage of sleep. This allows you to get out of bed feeling energised.
Minimal distractions: With most wearable devices, you don’t need to set up programs, apps or equipment. Simply remember to wear the device when jumping into bed.
Identify larger problems: Unusual readings or discrepancies can be a sign of something more severe, which could have gone undetected had you not started tracking your sleep. Although wearable tech is currently unable to diagnose sleep disorders, it can provide insights and flag up potential problems. But remember to always seek a medical professional for an actual diagnosis.
Peace of mind: With sleep tracking technology, you know you are taking positive steps to improving your kip time. This in itself will help put your mind at ease and promote a better night’s rest.
Wearable devices are leading the way when it comes to sleep tracking. Not only are they multi-functional, they are also discreet and don’t interfere with your nightly routine. These devices can help you develop good sleep hygiene so you wake up each morning ready to face the day’s challenges.
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