So today’s blog post is a little different…
For the past month or so I’ve been testing out a sleep tracker to try and improve the amount and quality of sleep that I’m getting each night. The S+ tracks every stage of the sleep cycle by monitoring your breathing and eye movement using a sensor.
ResMed kindly sent me this product after reading on my blog that I’ve been struggling to sleep recently. So, using the S+ app on my iPhone, the sleep tracker gives me charts each morning that analyse my sleep cycle from the previous night.
I’m going to be honest. The first night I tried to use the S+ I thought I was using it properly but found out the next morning that I hadn’t even pressed ‘Sleep’ on the app. A rookie mistake, I know.
Finally, after about a week of forgetting to plug it in or accidentally switching it off in the night, I started to get the hang of it.
Before telling the S+ that you want to go to sleep, it asks you to fill in some details about your day, which could explain why you’re not getting enough sleep. Before falling asleep, you can also choose the “Mind Clear” program which helps to relax you so you’re not stressed before you try to sleep. This may reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep.
When you wake up, you will see a graph on the app showing levels of deep sleep, light sleep, eye movement and disruptions. Afterwards, you receive advice on how your night’s sleep could be improved. I usually get told to make my room darker and to drink less caffeine.
As you can see, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. Recently I’ve been waking up a lot and have struggled to fall into a deep sleep as I have a throat infection.
A perfect night’s sleep would give you a score of 100. As you can see, my score is a pretty poor 64. To be fair, it has been around the 30/40 mark a few times so it could be worse. This chart breaks down my night’s sleep: deep sleep, light sleep, rapid eye movement (REM) and the time I spent trying to fall asleep.
Since I’ve been using the S+ I’ve been paying a lot more attention to how much sleep I’m getting and have actually started bothering to care about the quality of my sleep. So, I would say that my sleep has improved since I’ve had the sleep tracker.
If you’re interested in finding out more about what the S+ does then you can read more about it on ResMed’s website or comment any questions you want to ask me about my experience with it.
Please note that the S+ is by no means a medical solution for you not being able to sleep, it quite simply helps you manage your time and make informed lifestyle choices to help you sleep better.
Thank you for reading!
Let me know if you’ve tried a sleep tracker before and what you think of them. If not, tell me one thing that helps you to fall asleep…
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Bye for now,