Bad news for those of you out there who swear by sleep trackers to get some shut-eye: A new study shows you might not be sleeping as well as you think. In fact, it’s possible your trusty sleep tracker is actually bad for your health.
She and her colleagues call this obsession orthosomnia or “correct sleep,” as it’s similar to orthorexia (an extreme obsession with wellness). Glazer Baron also pointed out that while the trackers can provide some helpful information, most aren’t medical-grade, so accuracy varies from brand to brand.One thing’s certain though: Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 50 to 70 million American adults have some kind of sleep disorder. If you’re one of them, there are a few simple lifestyle adjustments you can make that will have you drifting off to dreamland in no time. First, check the thermostat — studies show that keeping your bedroom cool at night promotes more restful sleep. Try setting yours between 60 to 67 degrees for optimal sleep. Second, stop scrolling through Twitter in bed. (I know, I know, but the blue light emitted from your phone, iPad, or laptop interferes with your melatonin production.) Lastly, quit drinking caffeine at least six hours before you plan on going to bed, as it can linger in your system, making you restless and disrupting your sleep.
Source: Study: Your Sleep Tracker May Harm Your Sleep