Many people use a sleep tracker in order to gauge how much sleep they are getting. However, these devices may be inaccurate. There is no way for your device to tell whether you are really asleep.
Dr. Jerald Simmons is a neurologist who works for Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Associates. He stated that the devices are often misleading. The devices determine whether or not you are sleep by analyzing your behavior. The apps measure how much a person tosses and turns in bed. The more a person moves, the less sleep they are getting. However, that still does not give the whole picture.
Many people may look at their device and worry that they are not getting enough sleep when they really are. It is also important to note that the sleep trackers do not detect health problems that can cause sleep disturbances. It is estimated that 18 million people in America suffer from sleep apnea. Ninety percent of people do not realize that they have sleep apnea.
The sleep tracker may tell a person that they are getting enough sleep. However, it does not detect the choking and gasping that a person does. As a result of this, a person may not see a doctor to get tested for sleep apnea.
There are a number of signs that suggest one has sleep apnea. This includes daytime fatigue, morning headaches and nighttime drooling. There are better ways that you can keep track of your sleep instead of using a sleep tracker. You will need to record the time that you go to bed and get up. You will also need to keep track of your eating and drinking habits.
Certain foods and beverages can cause changes in your sleeping habits. Furthermore, you will need to exercise to get better sleep. Exercising can help you sleep better. However, you want to do it at least four hours before you go to bed.