Is Your Obsessive Sleep Tracking Destroying Your Ability to Rest?

31/07/2019

Tracking your sleep with a device and app can be a good way to make sure that you are getting enough hours of rest every night. Yet, obsessive sleep tracking is not a good thing. In fact, it could end up destroying your ability to rest. Keep reading to see what we mean.

You End Up Staying Awake with Obsessive Sleep Tracking

According to HuffPost, while sleep tracking apps are designed to help you get better sleep, the opposite often occurs for a lot of people. Rather than getting better sleep, their sleep ends up being disrupted because they begin obsessing over the data that their tracker app is collecting. This makes them stressed, and that keeps them awake at night.

Orthosomnia Can Result from Obsessive Sleep Tracking 

Orthosomnia is the fancy name for disrupted sleep that arises from a person’s obsession with getting the perfect amount of rest. More and more people are exhibiting this problem, thanks to the rise in popularity and use of sleep tracking apps. If you are one of those people, it is definitely time to get yourself back into a state of health and balance regarding your sleep.

How Can You Be Sure You’re Getting Good Sleep? 

The great news is that you don’t have to rely on a sleep tracker to determine if you are getting enough sleep, or if you are getting good quality sleep. All you have to do, according to experts, is listen to your body. Really simple, right?

Basically, take a few moments to see how you feel upon waking each morning. Are you super tired? Do you feel tired the rest of the day? Then you are likely not getting enough sleep. On the other hand, if you are getting enough sleep, and you are not waking up a bunch of times throughout the night, you will end up waking up feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to get out of bed to get things done.

As with so many other things about your health and well-being, it is more about being in tune with your body so that you can really listen to it, rather than relying on tech to tell you about your sleep.

Still Having Trouble Sleeping? 

If you have ditched the sleep tracker and let go of obsessive sleep tracking, and you have released the stress associated with hitting a certain score on a sleep tracking app, you should begin to notice that you’re better able to get more uninterrupted sleep. If, however, you are still having problems falling and staying asleep, talk to your doctor to figure out the cause.

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