Many fitness trackers now include sleep tracking software that can be quite useful, allowing you to evaluate the effects of different strategies.
For example, did that afternoon coffee disrupt your sleep? Did morning exercise make it better but evening exercise made it worse? How long does it take you to actually fall asleep, and how much earlier must you go to bed to get a full eight hours of sleep?1Sleep — Why You Need It and 50 Ways to Improve It
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Sleep Trackers Mentioned in Video
Whoop Sleep – Accurately track your sleep with in-depth sleep performance monitoring and track how much sleep you need with our in-app sleep coach feature.
Oura Ring – The most accurate sleep and activity tracker is all about you: it measures the physiological signals of your body, understands your lifestyle, and guides you to make your own optimal daily choices. The ring features scientifically validated sleep tracking and personalized guidance.
Apple Watch – With the Sleep app on Apple Watch, you can create bedtime schedules to help you meet your sleep goals. Wear your watch to bed, and Apple Watch can estimate the time you spent in each sleep stage—REM, Core, and Deep—as well as when you might have woken up. When you wake up, open the Sleep app to learn how much sleep you got and see your sleep trends over the past 14 days.
Sleep Hacker Comments
I am personally using the Oura Ring to track my sleep. I like it best because for me it is more comfortable and seamless to wear a ring versus a band around my wrist.
Also, through research and testing I’ve found the Oura ring has the lowest EMF output and I consider electromagnetic field exposure from electronic devices to be a subtle disruptor of high quality sleep and optimal health in general. Here’s some dialogue about EMF exposure on the Whoop. Apple Watches also produce a high EMF output and I would personally not recommend sleeping with one.
This video provides more information about EMF levels and the Oura Ring:
Share Your Thoughts
Do you track your sleep? If so, how? Do you use one of the sleep tracking devices above, or possibly a different one? Or do you track your sleep subjectively using your own internal sleep quality compass? Please share your thoughts and feedback on the information in this post along with your own insights into sleep tracking below.