Quick Tip: Sleep But Don’t Track

Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well!

As many of you may know, lately certain watch like devices such as the Fitbit and the Apple Watch have become especially popular amongst people who want to track their overall fitness on a daily basis.

Many of these watches track your physical activity (such as how many steps you’ve taken), your vital signs, and the number of calories you’ve burned and even the amount of sleep you get each night.

First of all, I want to point out that I currently do not have any such device myself but I know quite a few people that either already have something like the Fitbit or they really want to buy one in the near future.

Based on the reviews that I have come across many of these devices, especially the higher end ones, are really quite good and they do for the most part, accurately track your physical activity and vital signs, etc.

However, experts recommend that the one area where these devices shouldn’t be used is during our sleep time. The problem is not that these devices may not be very reliable at tracking our sleep, although the reviews are mixed, rather the major problem with tracking our sleep is that this can lead to anxiety.

Tracking sleep can make some people obsess over their results even though these results may not even be accurate. Constantly checking and worrying about the amount of sleep that you get each night can lead to anxiety and this anxiety can end up harming your sleep rather than improving it.

And of course, this is why most experts recommend that people take off these devices at night for a more restful sleep!

With Love,

Yasmin

6 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Sleep But Don’t Track

  1. I’m loving your quick tips posts Yasmin! I agree, it’s great when we can use technology to help us in our lives, but we should only use them as tools and not rely on them. I don’t have a fitbit or smart watch either, but I tend to do the same types of things with my phone. Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I’m so glad that you are liking my quick tip posts!! This is something new for me so i’m so grateful for your feedback and this really motivates me to continue!!! I totally agree with you that tech should be seen as only a tool!!!😊

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  2. Yep. I’ve spent 13 years dealing with insomnia, and though I haven’t beat it, I have learned that the best thing to do is to try not to care about it. I’ve gone days without sleep, been to work on an hour’s sleep, sung at church on zero sleep, and I haven’t died. The more you let all of the “you must have 8 hrs or you’ll be so unhealthy” into your brain, the more anxious you become. Just letting yourself accept that you had a bad night and that if you have another one tonight, you won’t die, is the best way to deal with it.

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    1. I love your mindset! I think you’re absolutely right the more you think about your lack of sleep the less you are likely to get! Thank you. I much for sharing this! 😊

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