Wearables and Sleep

A new area where entrepreneurship and sleep collide is in wearables.  There are so many devices that you can use to track how you sleep.  So should you get a FitBit, or some other kind of wearable device?

My thoughts are that it is better to focus on getting better sleep overall, than to track constantly your sleep patterns.  If you track your sleep patterns too much, then you are going to get too anxious about them and you will end up losing sleep over them.  The major downside of of wearables and health tracking is how anxious and obsessed people get over them.  I see this being an issue with sleep and think that tracking your sleep activity can end up being counterproductive.

It is good information to know generally to figure out how many full REM cycles you are getting during an average night of sleep.  It’s also good to know how much you toss and turn at night and how often you wake up during the night.  Those indicators are really good pieces of information to know in general.  There is no question about that.  The problem is trying to worry about getting to a solution.

Unless you have problems with insomnia, I don’t think it’s worth tracking your sleep activity with some sort of wearable and sensor device.

Instead, go out there and try to find ways to get better sleep.  Stay away from electronics before bedtime.  Go for walks during the day.  Cut out the alcohol and caffeine.  This is the better way to go about getting better sleep.