Getting your recommended 7-8 hours of sleep but still feel like you slept in the gutter when you wake up? Then maybe it’s not the quantity but rather the quality of the rest you’re getting that’s the problem.
You have very few options when it comes to measuring how well you sleep, either spend a measly $5000 a night on a polysomnogram at a specially designed medical sleep center or you can spend significantly less on the SleepTracker.
The SleepTracker is a watch that you wear while you’re in the land of slumber that contains precise receptors capable of measuring your breathing and heart rate in order to identify “key waking moments,” that, if you wake up during one, should provide you with that refreshed “ready to fight a bear” feeling. (Note: you probably won’t want to do that.)
It also provides software that hooks up to the SleepTracker that keeps precise logs of all your night’s sleep, and allows you to make notes on factors that could have affected your rest for that night (like that supreme taco with atomic hot sauce you had before bed). As you wear the SleepTracker over time you can monitor the breakdowns in the various stages of sleep that affect different brain functions, and see if anything is interrupting said stages (be it your finicky bladder or a too loud late-night infomercial), and you can then tune them out.
I tried the SleepTracker out over the span of a week. (Although the device is meant to be used for much longer to establish a better statistical baseline.) I found it to be incredibly lightweight and unobtrusive to my sleep. Setting the necessary wake-up and to bed times was incredibly straightforward and found the suggested wake up time would have been a great time to get started, but I can’t quite break my snooze button habit just yet. Although I personally don’t dig the look of athletic watches, I did find the SleepTracker’s simple, clean look stylish enough to be worn as a normal watch and not just under the cover of darkness.