Tracking Your Sleep May Not Be A Good Idea

Health apps are all the craze lately. From counting how many steps we take in a day to determining how much time we spend in REM sleep during the night, learning about our daily rhythms can inform us about our current state of health and identify areas that we may need to work on.

Having said that, this technology does have a downside. A study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that those who used sleep trackers became fixated on getting perfect sleep. This preoccupation is called orthosomnia. The anxiety and worry associated with not getting impeccable sleep caused sleep problems.

Although eight hours is often touted as the magic number, there are those who need more and those who can do with less. Also, the time spent in each sleep stage and the length of a cycle can vary from person to person. Therefore, if you find that tracking your sleep has decreased the quantity or quality of your slumber, it may be time to put the app to rest.


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