Sleep Quality is critical to your health.
If you don’t have enough quality sleep, you cannot perform to your full potential. We’ve all experienced the feeling of trying to operate when under sleep fatigue, but what caused it, and how can you avoid it?
- The simplest way to do this is to sleep for 8hours a night, and hopefully out of the 8hours you’ll get enough quality sleep for the next day.
- The optimal way to do it is to educate yourself, get data, and optimise!
We all need to sleep, we spend up to a third of our lives sleeping! Following the 80/20 rule, knowing how much sleep affects your performance throughout the day, it’s a great starting point to optimise your own health. This is not as difficult as it may sound. The good news is that there are plenty of Self Health apps out there that will help you to gather data on your sleep, ready to go straight away!
The best App I’ve found is SleepAsAndroid, This App does not require any wearable equipment, simply turn it on and you place it on your bed/under your pillow. In the morning you are presented with your sleep duration and %Deep Sleep. You can also add tags to the sleep session for future analysis. You get a 2 week free trial when you download the app, then if you like it, it’s only a $3 one-off payment to continue using it. There are many similar apps available for iPhone, however I have not tested any of these (yet).
If you don’t have a smartphone, then Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband is a great alternative. Fitbit is a great integrative tool that quantifies your overall activity and sleep health. Features Include:
- Tracks steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes
- Monitor how long and well you sleep
- Wakes you (and not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
- LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
- Slim, comfortable and easy to wear (sold with both large and small wristbands included)
- Includes small and large wristbands
All of the tools mentioned on this page will give you a valuable window to view your health. This is a short, targeted list of the tools that I recommend for monitoring your sleep.
The next step is to review the data and make targeted changes to optimise your health.
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