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Approximately 83 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. This shocking number indicates that we have a serious problem on our hands. Sleep deprivation has serious negative impacts on your health and wellbeing.
Today’s busy lifestyles and our reliance on electronics for work and entertainment all but ensure that most of us will suffer from sleep disturbances.
What if there was a way to keep track of our sleeping patterns to ensure that we’re getting the quality shuteye that we need? With a sleep tracker, that possibility becomes a reality.
Sleep Trackers Compared
|Sleep Tracker||Accuracy||Battery Life||Data Accessibility||Our Review||Buy Now|
|Fitbit Versa 3||Best Available||Excellent||Yes via App - iOS and Android||Read full review||Buy now|
|Withings Sleep Tracking Mat||Good||Battery Not Needed||Yes via App - iOS and Android||Read full review||Check Price|
|Apple Watch Series 6||Good||Excellent||Yes via App - iOS||Learn more||Buy now|
|Amazfit GTS2 Mini||Good||Excellent||Yes via App - Android||Full review coming soon||Buy now|
|Sleepscore Max||Good||Requires power supply||Yes via App - iOS and Android||Read full review|
How do you keep track of your sleep?
If you want to properly track your sleep patterns; you’ll need a device that can keep track of all of your movements and your sleep cycle, which then reports on how much sleep you got and whether or not it was high quality.
When you do this consistently over a long period of time, you’ll have a treasure trove of data that will help you see patterns in your sleep cycle. You’ll know what situations cause you to lose sleep, and under what circumstances you get the best quality shuteye.
How sleep tracking works
Actigraphy is just a fancy way of saying that your device measures your movement. In general, most sleep trackers will measure this by using a device that attaches to your body – most commonly your wrist.
While this isn’t as accurate as the sophisticated methods that doctors use in clinical situations, the cheapness of the technology makes it extremely accessible for most people.
The accelerometer is the part of the device that makes the actigraphy work. A group of miniature sensors – Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS for short) convert the measured mechanical symbols into electrical ones.
These tiny chips are present in a wide variety of common, everyday items. Your smartphone contains several of them, as do many of your household appliances.
Since accelerometers are relatively inexpensive, they are widely used in commercially available sleep trackers. There are newer emerging technologies – such as heart rate monitoring – that can provide a much more accurate picture of your sleep patterns.
Are personal sleep monitors accurate?
Nothing is going to be as accurate as professional sleep monitoring, but commercially available trackers are surprisingly precise.
Older versions of these sleep trackers simply measured your movement and could lead to false readings. For example, if you were lying in bed wide awake the monitor would record that as sleeping time due to the fact that you weren’t moving.
Modern sleep trackers have eliminated that as a problem with their complex suite of sensors that track other aspects of your body – such as your heart rate – rather than relying upon lack of movement as the sole indicator that you’re asleep.
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The Withings Sleep Tracking Mat is a non-wearable sleep tracker that offers sleep cycle analysis, heart rate tracking and snore detection. It is easy to set-up and automatically syncs to the Health Mate app through Wi-Fi. It also features IFTTT integration for scenarios such as the dimming of lights when… Read More »Withings Sleep Tracking Mat Review
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a multi-functional sleep and fitness tracker. Just like the Fitbit, the Vivosmart 4 looks like a fashionable accessory. Garmin is well-known for collecting and analyzing fitness data for professional athletes. They also counsel them on how much rest they need and whether they need anaerobic… Read More »Garmin VivoSmart 4 Review
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Oura ring is one of the smallest trackers out there. It can track your heart rate, breathing rate, temperature, and movement – all while resting on your finger. It comes with an app which shows you important information about your health and your health trends – that is, where you’re… Read More »What to Expect from the Oura Ring in 2021: Full Product Review
Emfit QS (Quantified Sleep) HRV is Emfit’s first product that targets consumer sleep tracking. It is an advance contactless sleep monitoring solution that monitors your sleep patterns and provides sleep analysis. On top of that, the QS also features a highly-detailed sleep analysis that targets athletes and other sports professionals.… Read More »Emfit QS HRV Sleep Monitor Review
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