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Sleep Tracker Test

I am a terrible sleeper. I go to bed plenty early and wake up without an alarm clock around 6:30 a.m. whether I want to or not. But I never feel well rested. I have had this problem for as long as I can remember.

This year I wanted to focus on upping my sleep game. At first, since I owned an Apple Watch I tried to wear it to bed and see what it had to say. I found it too uncomfortable to wear while sleeping. Wearing the contraption on my wrist woke me up during the night. But I tried it for a few nights to see if the stats would be helpful.

Then I got out my old Fitbit and tried that on for comfort. I was more comfortable and smaller, but still hard for me to wear while I slept. I toughed it out a few nights before deciding I could not sleep with that either. But I did check my stats for any valuable information.

I then purchased an Oura ring. This was an investment but had an excellent return policy, so I decided to give it a try. This was the most comfortable of the three trackers, but still not tolerable to sleep with. The stats were not particularly helpful either. I returned it.

I was able to try each option out for a few days before deciding I did not like sleeping with them on and they all said about the same thing. I was awake 1 to 2 hours during the night tossing around. No shit Sherlock. Tell me something I did not already know.

What I want to know is why am I waking up and not resting well. How can I change my habits to get better quality sleep?

One thing that I noticed while using the trackers was that I would look at the stats in the morning and immediate feel angry at my poor sleep score. And, as I would go to be each night, I would start to stress about what my sleep score would be in the morning.

I have come to the conclusion that the trackers not only did not give me any useable information, they added to my stress about sleeping which was not conducive to good sleep.  What should I try next? My mission continues.

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