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Are Sleep Trackers Causing Sleepless Nights?

September 05, 2018


Is your sleep tracker causing you undue anxiety?

As the first generation with the widespread ability to measure our own metrics on the go, we are also the first who have to determine if this is a wise choice for everyone. Wearable fitness tech has now developed to the point where it not only measures your steps and heart rate, it can also measure how long and soundly you sleep. While this may seem like a wonderful addition to the already extensive list of smart watch attributes, sleep researchers are finding that it might be doing more harm than good.

Here are a few reasons why sleep tracker feedback may not be conducive to a good night’s sleep:

It’s Not Completely Accurate

Technology is fallible and stats alone don’t support a holistic approach to wellness. The numbers provided by a sleep tracker can be useful when considered in relation to various other factors by a trained sleep specialist, but in the hands of the average person these (often, not completely accurate) statistics can cause undue anxiety instead of promoting a healthier lifestyle.

You Can’t Control Your Sleep Duration & Quality

Yes, there are certain things you can do to promote good sleep, but in the end you can’t force your body in a REM cycle. As such, the feedback from a sleep tracker can actually result in less sleep when wearers try to ‘cheat the system’ by going to bed before they are truly tired, or staying in bed after they are awake.

It Can Override Your Innate Wellness Awareness

Sleep is not the only variable that plays a role in how well you feel or function on a given day. Yet, when it’s boiled down to mere numbers by wearable tech, it can quickly seem that way. Many people are ‘tuning out’ of their natural awareness of the wellness of their bodies by placing all their faith in these devices.

In short - while a sleep tracker can be helpful in certain instances, the best way to ensure that you get sufficient rest at night is to kick it old school. Avoid screens an hour before you go to bed, wind down with a soothing bedtime routine and ensure that your sleeping environment is optimal for sound sleep.

When last did you consider your bed, mattress and bedding? The surface you sleep on plays a vital role in who well you sleep, so it may be time to look at an upgrade. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding our wide selection of comfort-graded sleeping surfaces, or better yet - visit us in store to try our Comfort Solutions Lab in person. It’s the perfect way to find out which mattress is best suited to your targeted pressure-point needs.


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