I recently came across some blog articles on the “self-tracking” movement. What does that mean? Basically, it’s people using technology to monitor every aspect of their life, in order to make improvements to their life!
One interesting aspect of this movement is self-tracking of sleep. There are a lot of new gadgets coming out that allow a person to monitor many apects of their sleep.
Sound like a sleep study to you? 😉
Here’s an interesting article by a lady who jumped feet-first into the self-tracking movement in order to improve her sleep. Her conclusion?
By the end of my experiment, I’d realized that mere data probably isn’t enough to motivate me either. The stats made it clear that less alcohol and more exercise would improve my sleep. But lazing about the house with my husband, my son, and a glass of wine is my favorite thing to do, and I suspect that no amount of data will make me change my ways. Obsessing over my health data, however, was a much easier habit to kick. After two months of quantifying and analyzing, it felt blissful to unstrap all my monitors, forget about my daily stats, and just fall asleep.
Here’s a direct link to her complete article:
And this article in the New York Times has an interesting discussion on gadgets that can help new parents get some sleep: