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Is anyone using an app or device to monitor their sleep?


We are doing research into existing phone applications and devices for measuring sleep and would love to hear from you about which app or device you use; what do you like about it? What doesn't work for you? And any other thoughts you have on this.

Thank you in advance!

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I have been using a Fitbit charge 2. Not convinced about its accuracy but I wake frequently after vivid dreams and it correctly picks that up. Main advantage is I am reasssured i get enough sleep and don't worry when I wake - i.e. its an effective CBT device!

I am using a Xiaomi Mi Band fitness tracker which gives an indication of Deep and Light sleep and also awake times. It gives a fairly accurate indication of times but will not register any nap I take during the day. It also has a habit of not reminding me when the battery needs charging but for a device under twenty pounds it is very good.

I'm using an amazfit bip watch for it and depending on some nights not sure if it registers correctly all the time. Cause my sleep sucks.

using a mobile phone or computer beside your bed will disturb your sleep. not a good idea. Mobile phones give off microwaves which fry the cells in your brain. A scaler energy device will give off waves to guard you against any EMFs and also give you a good nights sleep. I have one of these from Ken Rohla. Tesla was a genius who got no credit but again the corporate interests stole his research to be buried forever.

I was using SleepBot on my phone when I was diagnosed with rem behavior disorder. I liked it because you could record your entire nights sleep. In the morning you can checkout graphs showing exactly when you were calm or restless, or had a RBD episode and listen too it. Since the problem has decreased i’ve stopped using it.

Fit Bit & Sleep Number IQ device

I like both.

Fitbit Versa. I’ve just had it for 3 nights but it seems comprehensive and gives me data that make sense and will help. I have REM behavior disorder and often have trouble getting more than a few hours of sleep. yesterday I walked my 10,000 steps and slept 6 hrs 28 min! I feel good this morning.

I use a fit bit charge 2 and it’s more accurate than I gave it credit for. It records any naps I take ( especially in the evening if I sit down to watch tv!) . Try to avoid this now by going out ,having friends round,doing something like diy.Before my bicep tendon rupture the pain in my arm was constant and sleep was severely disrupted to the point of sleep deprivation I was getting 2-3 hrs..Since it ruptured, the pain has decreased ,I’m sleeping much better and the fit bit demonstrates this . I’m now getting some R.E.M. and deep sleep , and actually getting 5-6 hrs sleep most nights.It shows I’m still waking during the night but it’s not disturbing me .

I was using a Fit Bit but it would only provide data for 2 hours or more of sleep. I rarely get more than two hours of sleep without getting up to stretch. The information it provided on the quality of sleep was helpful. The heart rate tracking reassured me that even though my heart rate spiked with night terrors, it was not as high as I thought it might be.

Just started using a Garmin vivosmart. It is interesting but not that useful as it records time spend lying awake in bed trying to sleep as 'light sleep'. It has however shown me that alcohol reduces my deep sleep time while melatonin makes no difference.

liberator1947 in reply to Astra7

melatonin will only make a difference if you get to bed before or at 10 O'clock that's when it kicks in strongly, but if you sit up and watch television or read it will interfere with it. Keep mobile phones away from your bed and don't sit on a computer all night.Your body makes its own melatonin at that time.

I have a Garmin vivosmart and really like it. I feel better knowing that I do sleep and it tells

how much heavy and light sleep I get. I check it on my android phone.It also tells me how many steps I take, the weather, my pulse and how many calories besides notifies me if

I have a message . It keeps me from worrying about it!

I'm using an MI wristband. It gives the times of deep sleep, light sleep and awake and heart rate. Would love a bit of background on how to interpret data such as the influence of only getting 40 min of deep sleep

I don’t have a device but do use a cpap machine. My oxygen level was dropping critically low at night and my brain apparently wasn’t telling me to breath. I kept having headaches and my mds dr sent me for sleep study.

Sounds like sleep apnea. I had that, the cause was wheat and grains. As soon as I stopped all grains I slept normally. I was so frightened that I postponed a shoulder surgery. Then the penny dropped and I went through with the operation, no problem.

I like the Fitbit app and got one for my hubby too.

Spend more time worrying that the app is set up ok losing valuable sleep you sleep when you sleep why bother measuring it

Hi Helen, I've recently started wearing a Garmin Vivoactive 3, my first foray into using a wearable activity tracker. The watch syncs to an app on your phone to provide more detail than can be displayed on the watch face. The sleep monitoring function breaks your sleep into three categories, deep, light and REM with a little pie chart breaking down your proportion of each and a digital counter at its centre to give you a total figure. The total figure is the most meaningful to me as I aim for 8 hours, I can then sense check the time I go to bed against my alarm in order to achieve this. The other figures don't mean much to me but as an example last night I am informed that I had no deep sleep, 5h 56min of light sleep and 2h 40min or REM sleep...who knew, a little more research into Zeitgebers is required I think. Your movement is also monitored when you are asleep, I'm sure this is useful data for some! Overall I like it, as I gather more data in the coming months and I discover how best to interpret it, I may be able to gain a greater insight into my sleep patterns and what changes if any I need to make :)

I've been using a Fitbit 2 which not only tells me the time spent in REM, deep and light sleep, plus awake time. but benchmarks it for people of my age and gender.

Go2Sleep by Sleep On looks perfect. Only $129. I just ordered it I will let you know how it works.

Using a Fitbit which seems to be pretty accurate.

I started using Fitbit one month ago. Knowing, instead of guessing, how I sleep has helped me to sleep better.

I have been using the Samsung Health app, connected to a Samsung Gear S3 for about a year. I monitor mainly my sleep pattern, and also correlate that data with steps walked, and weight. Once you master the screen capture feature on your phone, exporting the data is easy.

Fitbit. It's pretty accurate. I also downloaded sleepyhead software for analyzing data from my bipap, which I also purchased a pulse oximeter for.

I use Sleep as Android.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch, I like it because it monitors REM sleep and how much of it I'm getting; as this is restorative sleep, I can relate this fatigue if I'm not getting enough.

Yes. I found out I have low movements in the night. I have a bad shoulder my knee needs an operation I then found out I have high cholestrol so am on levothyroxine. Paracetamol naproxen codeine. Allapurinol pantaprozole prochlorpriaine colecalciferol and atorvastatin. Then for my bowels I have normal plus and magrocol and 4 suppository a day

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