What are the benefits of tracking your sleep? Do you recommend it?
While it’s great to have a sleep goal and take steps towards sleeping better - e.g. disconnecting from devices an hour before bed; if we aren’t measuring it regularly, we aren’t sure if it’s working or not.
This uncertainty can leave us confused, unmotivated and detached from the goal - thus leaving us vulnerable to reverting back to old habits.
Reflectively, research into goal attainment: it notes we are 70% more likely to achieve our goals if we track the data in real-time.
However, it needs to be reliable - sleep trackers from reputable brands such as Fitbit are my recommendation and provide highly accurate insights into your sleep.
What does a ‘sleep score’ tell you?
Sleep score available in the Fitbit app is an overall measure of how well you slept - taking into account your heart rate, sleep depth and time spent awake in bed. These factors all contribute to a score out of 100, with a higher score indicating a better night sleep!
So, if you wake up and find your sleep score is lower than usual, I’d encourage you to think back on the night before and consider what impacted this. Did you go to bed later than usual, or spend more time on your phone?
The same applies to a higher score than normal. Have a think on what you could incorporate into your routine to have this good of a sleep every night.
What effects (physical and mental) can you expect to see if you improve your sleep score?
Many! As mentioned in question one - sleep is pivotal in mental and physical health, so to improve it (as reflected in a higher sleep score) can translate to improvements in your wellbeing too.
Specifically, it reduces the risk of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as it does for physical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.