There’s a growing awareness of sleep as a health concern, as it becomes apparent that people are missing out on getting the rest they need to feel rejuvenated and rested, ready to take on the day ahead. To tackle this, in the last few years, more of us have been tracking our sleep than ever before. With brands including Fitbit capturing over 3 billion hours of sleep alone; sleep technology is helping troubled sleepers all around the world understand the mysteries of sleep, and how they could be improving their rest at night to achieve an overall healthier lifestyle during the day.
However, with the sharp rise in popularity, and with so many options available to you it can be hard to know which product is best for your personal goals and how you can use this technology . To help you win the battle for a good night’s sleep read our guide to the most popular sleep technology available and how you can use it to achieve a better night’s sleep.
How Do Personal Sleep Trackers Work?
Depending on the kind of sleep tracker you have, whether it’s in your smartwatch, fitness tracker or built into your smart phone, it is most likely that the device will use an accelerator to track your movements through the night, to help you gain insight into the quality of sleep you are getting.
Previously, tracking sleep was not an effective measurement of the quality of sleep you were getting, as they would assume all movement meant your body was awake. Over the years, however, the technology they use has been improved to recognise that not all movements during the night mean you are awake. For a lot of people, although they are in a deep sleep, their body will still involuntarily move during the night.
Sleep trackers within fitness and smartwatches can pose an issue for people who do not feel comfortable with something on their wrist through the night. If this is you, and you want to track your sleep, do not worry as there are other options available on the market. Companies including Beddit and Emfit have created sleep trackers that simply slide under your mattress, which use the same kind of technology as a wrist based tracker, but may not integrate with your phone and health apps.
What questions could my sleep tracker answer?
Sleep trackers offer insight into important data about how you sleep each night. Providing an opportunity for you to potentially change a few lifestyle habits to provide a better night’s sleep when you go to bed.
These are just a few of the questions your sleep tracker could answer to help you gain a better understanding of how you sleep:
1. How many hours do I sleep each night?
2. How long does it take for me to fall asleep?
3. Am I getting enough deep/REM sleep?
4. What time should I be waking up?
The answers to these questions will help to provide you with enough information about your sleep to let you determine what habits you could change to further improve your night’s sleep, to ensure you are becoming more active and productive the following day.
Logging this information in a sleep diary is one of the best ways you can continuously learn what works for you. Sleep technology will help to quantify the data behind changes you’re making each day to impact the night’s sleep you are getting, this combination is perfect for helping you find the secret to a perfect night’s sleep in future.
Choosing The Right Sleep Tracker For You
With so much choice available, it can be tricky to know which sleep tracker is best for you. Whilst personal sleep trackers aren’t as accurate as undergoing a professional study in a laboratory, they could give you so much more than just sleep tracking data - which could be useful to remain healthy in overall ife.
Personal wrist-based sleep trackers are often housed inside fitness trackers and smartwatches, a few of the top brands on the market include FitBit and Garmin, which offer a practical yet stylish approach to fitness tracking, helping you to reach personal goals whilst providing essential data about how you are sleeping each night.
Whereas smart watches including Apple Watch and Samsung to name a few, provide continuous communication, seamlessly integrated with your phone and apps.
As mentioned earlier, if you’re a light sleeper and cannot sleep with something on your wrist, there are other options available; however, these solutions do not offer any additions. Therefore unless you are completely committed to tracking your sleep ongoing, it might be considered quite an expense as sleep trackers that are housed within a smartwatch will benefit your overall life, as well as helping you understand your sleeping habits.
Beds Are Uzzz and Millbrook
Millbrook Beds have recently partnered with Garmin to help deliver a great night’s sleep to improve performance the next day, working closely with England Women’s Hockey team and sporting professionals as well as gathering data from everyday people to determine how important sleep is to aiding recovery and increasing overall health and wellbeing.
Discover their Perfect Collection from Beds Are Uzzz today, and find out more about how you could be improving your sleep with the introduction of sleep technology into your routine.