Tracking Your Sleep: How Technology Can Help You Sleep Better
Dr. Craig Hudson, MD | May 31, 2016
In this wonderful age of technology, it only makes sense that we use it to improve our daily lives; this includes the quality of our sleep. Sleep tracking apps and devices can give you a comprehensive understanding of what factors impact your sleep. Check out a few of our favorites below.
By tracking your movements throughout the night, Sleep Time is a smartphone app that can help you establish what your sleeping patterns look like. Simply sleep with your phone in your bed and let the app do the rest. Sleep Time will compile the data into colour-coded graphs and use this data to determine when your lightest phases of sleep occur. This app has a plethora features, but by far the most impressive is its alarm feature that uses the tracked data to wake you up when you’re in your lightest phases of sleep to minimize morning grogginess and drowsiness.
The Up is one of the most talked about pieces of wearable tech around. Jawbone created the Up wristband to be an all-inclusive kind of device. It tracks everything from your daily activity levels to what you eat and how well you sleep. This type of 24-hour tracking gives you a huge pool of data to work with—especially if you’re dealing with sleep issues. Like most sleep trackers, it will tell you how long you sleep for, when you wake up during the night and how frequently your sleep is disturbed. And since it’s tracking your food and activity habits, it can also help you figure out how those things are impacting your quality of sleep.
While wearable devices can be great, some people find sleeping with them uncomfortable. Beddit is a sleep tracker that negates the need for anything to be physically attached to your body. Its paper thin sensor can be placed under your bedsheet, so you won’t feel a thing while it does its work. The sensor communicates with a smartphone app to provide a summary and a score for the previous night’s sleep. Beddit collects data in the following categories: total sleep time, sleep cycles (awake, light, deep sleep), time to fall asleep, sleep efficiency, snoring and respiration.
The Sense is a sleep tracker that consists of a processing unit that compiles and reads the data collected by a small detection unit that clips on to your pillow. Sense monitors your sleep throughout the night tracking your sleep phases and any disturbances that interrupt your slumber, like loud noises. At the end of each night, all of the data it collects is used to put together a “sleep score” judging your sleep experience out of 100. The Sense will analyze a variety factors like humidity, noise level, sleeping times and waking times to give you a surprisingly detailed picture of your sleeping patterns.
…and there you have it – four technological advanced applications/devices that can help get your sleeping back on track! Gotta love technology!