Fitness trackers, like Fitbits, are everywhere lately. You see them on your coworkers, friends, and people at the gym, all for good reason. They are designed to do a number of things, including track your fitness activity, calories burned, and even sleep habits. One really impressive feature of many of these fitness trackers is its ability to track your sleep by the sleep stages, based on your movements or heart rate.
Feeling groggy after 7 hours of sleep? Many fitness trackers can gather and measure data that tells you useful information about your sleeping habits. Sleep issues such as restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, background noise, and so on can all create major sleep problems that can be identified using a fitness tracker.
That groggy feeling in the morning could also be due to which stage of sleep you are in when you wake up. REM—or “deep sleep”—is very hard to wake up from. Many fitness trackers take advantage of optimal times in the morning to wake you up based on your sleep stage —letting you feel more energized and ready to take on the day.
Many users of these sleep trackers have also found that the amount of time they spend in bed trying to sleep does not always correlate to the amount of time they stay asleep. For example, the average user may spend 7 hours in bed thinking it translates to 7 hours of sleep, but they may only be getting 5 hours of sleep.
These fitness tracking devices are important because they not only give you accurate data to understand why you’re always tired, but they also help you get better quality sleep.
If you have any questions on how you can improve your quality of sleep, we’d be happy to answer them. Starting with the right mattress for your body is the first step!