There are sleep monitors available today that are about the size of a sports watch that you can wear to monitor your sleep. They are used to measure your sleep patterns in order to determine how well you are sleeping, both in the amount and quality of your sleep.
Most people are not able to accurately measure the amount of sleep they are getting or the quality of their sleep. The device will record how long it takes you to fall asleep, the number of times you woke up during the night (regardless of whether you remember the awakening or not) and the amount of time you spent in bed sleeping (your sleep efficiency).
The sleep monitors detects wrist movements to determine your sleep/wake periods. They then can wirelessly transmit the data to your computer to produce a personalized report.
Once you are aware of your sleep patterns you can make adjustments to maximize the quality of your sleep.
Some monitors attach to your wrist and some come with a head band. There are models that come with a vibration alarm that can wake you at the optimal time at the end of a sleep cycle so you don’t wake up groggy by being awakened in the middle of a deep sleep.
Some models can also measure your pulse rate and your blood oxygen levels. They can be useful for indicating if you are possibly suffering from sleep apnea.
Most of the sleep monitors can be purchased for $150 to $180, with others in the $250 range.
If you don’t want to purchase your own sleep monitor, the pharmacy at London Drugs has a program called Fatigue Science’s Readiband technology and they will provide you with a wrist band monitor that you will wear around the clock for seven days.
You then bring the monitor back, your data is downloaded into a computer and a multi-page report is prepared for you. The pharmacist then goes over the report with you.
You can check with the drug stores in your area to see if they offer this or a similar service.
The sleep monitors are useful in helping people become aware of their sleep patterns and can help those with minor sleep difficulties. For others the sleep monitors can provide insight into a more serious sleep problem that would require a visit to a sleep lab.
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