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After a bit of research I'll probably stay with a Fitbit....due to the fact that it seems many trackers won't measure deep sleep that well.  I don't expect perfect accuracy from a tracker...but I do expect consistancy.

 

I typically lose ~1 hour of sleep per night (as measured) due to restlessness.  Some might wonder about my fixation on deep sleep.  In my opinion it is essentially the most significant measure of sound sleep and I'm guessing it indicates a lack of movement.  I think it is during these periods when the brain clears out toxins...or it might be during periods of restlessness.

 

Restlessness or "bad dreams" are probably a sign of "working through issues" and in my experience are not that productive...but we take the bad with the good.

 

Poor sleep is associated with cognitive decline...so an interest in getting better sleep should be obvious.  Some people might not be getting into deeper levels of sleep due to fears of dealing with "issues"...real sleep is probably when you wake up and wonder where the hey you are...you've been on a journey.

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I do but I don't see how it can be useful.  If I can't stay asleep, or if I can't fall asleep, how will the tracking results help me?  It's just a source of stress because the information does not do anything useful.  Staring at it only creates more stress, if a tracker were meant to be helpful, it's not.

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I do it the old fashiopned way----keep a pencil and legal pad on the night stand

 

track when I finally prepare myself mentally for sleep

 

record how many times I wake during the night

 

record if I awake and stay that way for 30 minutes or more

 

record any meication I end up taking (if any) in the middle of the night ot put myelf back to sleep 

 

have a New Year's resolution to reduce my dependency on aimbiien this year (2020) by at least 50%----so far I am tracking a 78% reduction

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I use a Garmin vivosport, that's currently being replaced under warranty, yet has proved very reliable for Deep sleep, REM sleep, and light sleep. Also has a tracking device for tracing step route, a GPS, and for tracking step totals on software program, Garmin Express. Bought it refurbished.

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Yes, I've been using a Garmin for about a year now.  It seemed more accurate in the beginning, now I'm noticing inconsistencies so I'm planning to move up to an Oura Ring because it's heavily focused on sleep.  I also track my steps, workouts and heart rate throughout the day, which the Garmin seems to be good with, so I might end up wearing both during the day. 

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I use a Fitbit Charge 2 mainly to track sleep.  I can notice a definite improvement in how I feel when I get a reasonable amount of deep sleep and fewer wake periods.  The feedback from the Fitbit helps to inform me when I'm not getting enough or the right kind of sleep.  The feedback can make you aware of certain attitudes that can keep you from sleeping well.

 

I typically tend to wake around 3 AM...sometimes I don't.  More recently I've been using a timed-release magnesium which seems to help.  My goal is 6-7 hours each night...but I won't hesitate to take a nap to make up for a shortfall.

 

I also stop coffee in late afternoon...use some melatonin and herbs.

 

Not happy about Googles purchase of Fitbit...may be looking elsewhere.

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I have 10 yrs experience using Cpap and comparing readings first with Withings, then Garmin, and Fitbits.  I am a professional researcher so did my own trials.   I changed due to frustration with the watch device inaccuracies. Essentially the only accurate reading is the Cpap.  My sleep specialist agrees and only goes by that data.  The watches are ok for general lay feedback but need more specificity / reliability for apnea management 

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I use The Pillow app on my iPhone and iWatch. It tracks my sleep, my heart rate(mine tends to drop in my sleep) and it alerts me if it drops under 50. It also tracks my REM, light sleep and deep sleep. I don't have much REM, or deep sleep patterns. But I really love the app. Worth $4.99 a month to track my sleep. 

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I use a Garmin smart watch, I download it every morning.

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