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09-11-2014

Apps for fitness and health tracking, calorie counting and logging the distance walked or run are currently used to good effect increasingly. Sleep Apps are also available in increasing numbers as we recognize the importance of sleep to help body, mind and moods. Good sleep helps concentration, creativity , memory and logical thinking. Rest helps avoid weight gain and improves appearance. Rest also helps communication and coping under stress.

There are a variety of Apps for sleep. There are those assisting with meditation, playing relaxing sounds or music, generating background noise and interpreting dreams, there are even special alarms which are said to align with your sleep cycle and many more.

Sleep Tracker Apps use the motion sensor in smartphones to detect movements when sleeping ( most need the phone close-by or under your pillow) . A report is then generated regarding sleep length and quality. This report is based on sleep movements. There are problems if your share a bed with a partner or pet, and the motion sensors in phones vary in quality . The information concerns movement, not sleep.

Fitness wristbands improve the movement sensing and reduces the chance of interference, but still does not diagnose or solve a sleep disorder. They do allow accountability regarding timing and duration of sleep, which may lead to improved sleep habits.

Good sleep practise continues to recommend reducing the electronics in bedrooms, and smartphones close-by during the night may interrupt sleep, or encourage too much thought and worry about sleep.

For a more accurate sleep analysis, a home sleep test or in-lab sleep study measures breathing, blood oxygen levels and heart rate during sleep. These measures and a clinical examination then require interpreting and diagnosis to plan management for improved sleep.

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