Do you often wake up in the middle of the night? Do you have a full night’s rest and still feel tired throughout your day? Are you looking for ways to optimize your mood, memory, concentration, or performance at work? Are you feeling impatient with those closest to you lately? Do you find yourself forgetting things you used to be able to remember easily?
Sleep monitoring may be the solution. Monitoring your sleep can provide the valuable information you need to make positive changes to your sleep and, therefore, your life.
Why Is Sleep Important?
You’ve heard it before, and you’re going to keep hearing it because it’s true. Sleep is a crucial part of your health.
While we sleep our bodies are working away to repair muscles, organs, and other cells. Chemicals that strengthen your immune system flow through your blood while you sleep. Your brain organizes all the new information it received while you were awake, storing the important things for easy recollection, and putting the less critical data away. These things happen while you are having a dream whenever you’re deep asleep. Yes, sometimes mistakes are made (catchy commercial jingles, that one time in grade four you felt really embarrassed, etc) but sleep is what allows us to wake up the next day and continue to function.
A good night’s rest can:
- Reduce your risk of motor vehicle accidents
- Increase the regulation of your appetite
- Enhance your immune system
- Improve your concentration and memory
- Have a positive effect on your relationships
- Reduce the risk of diabetes and heart conditions
- Elevate your mood and creativity
- Boost your athletic performance and libido
- Steady your blood sugar levels
- Encourage the balance of your hormones
While these benefits can really be useful, there are still some challenges to consider. In particular, women beginning the transition into menopause are at a higher risk of sleep deficiency. A lack of high-quality sleep can impact almost every area of your life. Your health, your mood, your relationships, your work performance (and therefore your finances) are all affected by sleep.
How Can Monitoring Your Sleep Help?
We become aware of things that need improvement when we track them, and sleep is no exception. Monitoring your sleep will help you identify if you’re getting enough good quality sleep. It can also help you find the culprit of your ongoing battle with exhaustion.
Several things could be affecting the quality of your sleep including daily habits, environmental noise, obstructive sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, and environmental light.
How To Monitor Your Sleep
There are two major ways to monitor your sleep.
#1 Visit a sleep clinic where doctors will track your vitals and movements throughout the night. If you suspect you have a medical sleep issue, such as sleep apnea, visiting a clinic is likely your first choice.
#2 Invest in a sleep tracking device. If you want more data than a single night’s rest can provide, a sleep tracking device might be the right choice for you. A sleep monitoring device can also help you track whether the lifestyle changes you are making are positively affecting your sleep.
Countless sleep tracking devices are available on the market, but how do you know which ones are of high quality and which are a waste of money? The professionals behind this guide suggest you take some time studying how a sleep tracking device can help you. After you have determined how best it is used, you can effectively get an accurate number of your sleeping hours.
Humans Are More Likely To Change Habits When They Track Them
If you monitor your sleep, you will be able to identify patterns in your lifestyle and their effect on your sleep. You will be able to notice at what time and on what day your sleep is of higher quality. You can use this information to deduce if things you are doing throughout your day are negatively impacting your sleep.
- Comparing your sleep on weekdays and weekends
- Comparing how much actual sleep you get when you go to bed at 10:00 pm versus 1:00 am, even if you stay in bed for the same number of hours in each case
- What time you go to bed and what time you actually fall asleep
- The quality of your sleep when the television is left on, versus when the screens are off
- You may even discover a larger issue, maybe you move around rapidly in your sleep and this is something to bring up to your doctor
So you’re thinking of tracking your sleep, but how do you do it? Given that you’re not conscious, how can you take note of your movements? Your heart rate? Your blood oxygen levels?
Sleep is a crucial part of your overall health. Learning more about yourself and your particular sleep requirements can have a drastic impact on your health, your work-life, and your relationships.