Think about all those times you had to make yourself crawl out of bed with next to no sleep. You had to get ready for work, and when you got there bleary-eyed and feeling like you’d been out drinking all night (even when you hadn’t), everyone else was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Your annoyance was off the charts!
Of course, the whole issue is that you weren’t getting the proper amount of sleep. Suppose that picture resonates with you, and something similar has happened in your life far too often. In that case, it’s possible that you may have a sleep disorder. To know for sure, you’ve got to track your sleep.
There are a number of ways for you to engage in sleep tracking. There are sleep trackers available on the market in several different forms and shapes. For instance, smartphone apps work tremendously well, and we’ll discuss some of those with you in a moment.
First, though, let’s talk about why you should track your sleep in the first place.
First of all, you know how awful it feels when you don’t get enough sleep. The reason you feel so terrible is that sleep is essential for your body’s ability to function at all. The number of hours that are necessary for your body to function correctly stands anywhere from seven to seven and a half hours. More importantly, the hours you’re asleep need to be quality hours, which means uninterrupted.
Having seven or so hours of uninterrupted sleep helps to keep your thinking clear, your immune system primed, and your mood balanced. Sadly, a massive number of people don’t sleep anywhere near the minimum necessary to maintain their health. Even if they do sleep around seven hours, that sleep is fitful or is interrupted in one way or another regularly.
In addition, the CDC even declared that sleep deprivation is at epidemic proportions in today’s society!
Experts from Johns Hopkins University state that sleep tracking apps are excellent tools to recognize an individual’s sleep habits and patterns. Moreover, sleep trackers can accurately keep track of sleep stages, according to a study by the Sleep Research Society.
Millions of people have been helped by sleep tracking apps. Due to the technology in question, these people sleep better. Today, many app developers have sought to capitalize on the trend of creating apps to wake you up carefully. Because there are so many from which to choose, how do you know which ones are worth checking out?
We’ve gone over a lot and decided to share a few that genuinely appear worth the time to try them out. Each is available for iOS, Android, or both.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Compatibility: iOS, Android
The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is great for the average app user because its settings keep everything simple. On the other hand, it also offers more complex features for those who are comfortable digging into the nuts and bolts of the app to squeeze out every ounce of analytics they can get.
Its name pretty much gives away the main way to use the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. Users think it has the best alarm tone to wake up early.
Simply set the alarm for the latest time you could possibly wake up in the morning, and the alarm will go off at the time it calculates is best for your sleep cycle. (It also does things that are marginally associated with waking up, such as automatically starting your coffee pot, adjusting your thermostat, and turning on your lights.)
For the premium user, there are a host of other features to discover as well. Because it offers something for both types of users, this app has one of the highest ratings out there.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows
Fitbit is a device that looks a bit like a watch, and you wear it on your wrist. A while back, it was nothing more than an activity tracker that helped you to get fit by tracking the number of steps you took when you went walking or jogging. Now, however, certain models like the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Flex, and Fitbit Charge all come with sleep trackers.
A downside to Fitbit is that while the operating system is compatible with the platforms mentioned above, you still have to purchase a Fitbit device to access the sleep tracker. On the plus side, you don’t have to keep your phone next to your bed if you’re using Fitbit because it’s right there on your wrist.
Unlike the app mentioned above, there are no premium features to unlock. Once you buy the Fitbit, all the sleep tracking features are available at no additional cost.
Remember not to put trust in your research abilities alone. Be sure to speak with your health provider. While sleep trackers can help, they’re not a substitute for solid medical advice.
With that said, if your sleep isn’t what you feel it should be and it’s affecting your health, check out the apps mentioned above and maybe a few more while you’re at it. Sleep well!
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