Don’t lose sleep over sleep tracking

In the case study on orthosomnia, researchers found that patients had been spending excessive time in bed to try to increase their sleep numbers, which may have made their insomnia worse. And they found it difficult to persuade patients to stop relying on their sleep trackers, even if the numbers had been flawed… More here.

Interesting study. I have tracked my sleep for more than 4 years and in that time I have gone from a bad diet to extreme dieting to a good diet. I have gone from being very overweight to arguably underweight to about the right weight.

When I look back at my stats the average each month has not varied by more than 10 minutes at ‘any’ point and this is with a variety of trackers. I can’t be sure, but I do wonder if we will sleep the amount we need to regardless of external factors. For me this is just over 6 hours a night, including weekends.

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  1. Unfortunately, most of us get woken up by alarm clocks or children or pets rather than when we’ve had enough sleep. I used to get by with 6 to 7 hours but that was because of an alarm clock. Now, it’s about 8 hours. Not sure who decided that you need less sleep when you get older. Maybe I’m making up for lost sleep.

    And then there’s quality of sleep which is arguably more important. Most sleep trackers track the types of sleep but very few, at least in my experience, actually track sleep apnea. That is where one stops breathing for a short time. Snoring is a symptom although not definitive. One can get 8 hours of “sleep” but not get the type of sleep they need.

    The bottom line is basically if you don’t feel tired when you wake up and can function during the day, you’re probably getting enough sleep. At least based on my experience and research since I was diagnosed with sleep apnea.

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