How do you sleep? Gain valuable insights from wearable tech
One of the features I like most about wearable tech like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP is their sleep-tracking ability. Wear the wristband in bed and you’ll be treated to rich stats on your average sleep time, the number of times you woke, etc.
This is fascinating info – especially over time. I’ve been treated to previously-unavailable insights that have helped me feel better about the amount – and quality – of my sleep (and to order a new computer-designed mattress, but that’s a blog post for the future).
What learned so far? My core sleeping hours are 3am to 7am, and if I’m lucky, I can enjoy stretches of up to 90/100 minutes of uninterrupted deep sleep. Three or more of those segments of deep sleep and I’m firing on all cylinders the next day; too little sleep time and I’ll struggle to stay focused. Here’s how I’ve been sleeping over the past week, including a luxurious lie-in on Sunday morning!
Both the Fitbit and Jawbone bands require sleep mode to be activated manually; it’s also easy to forget as you yawn, roll over and set the alarm. This is something that Fitbit has obviously noted: I discovered to my delight that after retrospectively adding sleep, the device is able to reconcile this with overnight movements (which had been recorded anyway), so all was not lost. That’s a neat little bit of value-add functionality that Jawbone has yet to come up with: with the Up, it’s possible to add “manual sleep” but that’s it, you don’t get any insights.
That’s still better than the Nike Fuelband, which doesn’t track sleep at all.