Sleep in the Electronic Age

Sleep is a pretty natural occurrence, and computers don’t seem to have a place when you’re resting. Machines take over a lot of our lives, so it may seem like a hard sell to let them interfere with our sleep as well.

Sleep Trackers may not be the most well-known thing on the market even with the explosion in popularity for fitness trackers which keep have your movements down to a science. For people like me who can’t get enough walking, I felt little need for a device like this, but I was more or less the only one. In California, I ran into very few people without a FitBit of some kind, though I did find that the movements weren’t always recorded correctly. Arms that moved quickly without the leg motion would still be recorded as steps.

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Now take that technology and try to apply it to sleep. The sleep tracker records your movements and your heartbeat to determine when you are at rest, and uses that information to determine how well you are sleeping. If you fall asleep on your side and wake up on your back, then you’re obviously moving when you are asleep. It’s not necessarily bad as it keeps your circulation going, but it does interrupt your motions during the night, and indicates that you’re not having the best of REM states.

Some trackers are fancier than others and go under your mattress while playing soothing sounds to lull you to sleep, while others you just wear around your wrist. People have a hard time determining exactly what they’re doing at night. They wake up and forget, or they’re up for an hour and think it was three. Once you’re in a haze, you’re not a reliable person to account what really happened. Short of going to a sleep lab, you can get a better handle on your habits if you use one of these devices.