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The Latest Sleep Trackers That Attach To Your Wrist

You may initially buy these new activity trackers to learn about how many calories you burn in a day, but keep them on at night and you’ll learn lots of information about how you’re sleeping. Wearable activity trackers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And for people who want to learn more about their sleep habits, this is a good thing. That’s because many of the newest activity trackers, like the four below, double as sleep monitors—just wear them on your wrist through the night to get details about the quality and duration of your sleep. Fitbit Charge HR: The latest offering from Fitbit features a heart rate monitor that tracks your pulse through…

How Sleep Trackers Work

Find out how these digital devices spy on you while you snooze. You might think that if you got eight hours of sleep last night, you’re golden. But that’s not necessarily the case. So much more goes into measuring a successful night of zzz’s than just the number of hours that you have your eyes closed. In other words, it’s not just about quantity of sleep—it’s also about quality of sleep. Other important measures that affect how well you sleep, for example, include how often you toss and turn, how many times you wake up during the night, how many cycles of sleep you get, and more. A bunch of new digital devices on the market…

How to Interpret What Your Sleep Tracker is Telling You

Check out what you can learn from devices that help you monitor your sleep patterns. There are so many sleep trackers on the market, but what do they measure, exactly, and what do those results mean? While many experts say that these sleep trackers are a waste of time, any device that makes you think twice about staying up late or teaches you more mindful sleep habits is not all bad. Learn how to make sense out of what many of the popular sleep trackers can tell you. Sleep Habits: These devices record your total hours slept and analyze your patterns over time (often in graph form) so that you can get helpful insight into,…

How Technology is Changing the Way We Sleep

The high-tech world of sleep Technology has already taken over the living room (hello, smart TVs and DVR players) and the kitchen (think: programmable ovens and recipe apps instead of cookbooks), and now it’s set its sights on the bedroom. Probably the most obvious change in our bedtime routines these days is that many people curl up in bed with a smartphone or tablet instead of a book or magazine. In fact, 95 percent of people use some sort of electronic device at least a few nights a week during the hour before bed. This makes it tougher to fall asleep. Reading a work email at 9:30pm can keep you up with stress, the…

The Latest Sleep Trackers

These high-tech gadgets will help you learn more about your sleep than you ever dreamed. It used to be that you didn’t know much about what happens between when you fell asleep and when you woke up in the morning. You’d know if you had a particularly fitful night of sleep or had nightmares, but everything else was a mystery. These days, that’s not the case. Sleep tracking devices have made it possible to get some insight on why you might be so tired all the time. They aren’t super accurate yet, but using one could give you a start on exploring your sleep habits. And a quick note: If none of the…

Are Sleep Trackers Accurate?

Activity monitors may work better for exercise than for sleep Activity trackers, such as FitBit, might help you see your general sleep patterns, but they are limited in their usefulness. Since they may not be as helpful as they promise, interpret what they tell you with a grain of salt—at least for now. Sleep is complicated, and in order for an analysis to be as meaningful as possible, it must be comprehensive, as well as precise. A lab sleep study  is the most thorough type of analysis. It involves a stay in an overnight facility, in which a technologist records multiple biological functions during sleep, such as brain wave activity, eye movement, muscle tone, heart…