Fit Bit One Sleep Tracker

Track My Sleep on Fitbit

There was an interesting article in the New Yorker last month that covered the field of sleep research. The takeaway was that it remains a mystery. The writer at one point underwent sleep testing where he was wired up for a night sleep and all his patterns were analyzed. Reading it, I thought to myself that I would love to spend a night in one of those facilities.

Thanks to my new exercise toy I don’t have to leave the house to get a reading on how I sleep. Wearing the Fitbit One Sleep Tracker on your wrist and turning it on right before bed will produce a graph like the one in the picture on the left. That was my first night sleep and it scared the bejesus out of me.

According to the graph I slept precious little. In bed for 6 hours and 19 minutes, I only slept for 3 hours and 53 minutes. That can’t be good. It took me 21 minutes to fall asleep and if I remember the article correctly the writer fell asleep in 2 minutes. I woke up seven times but it is crazy for me to look at the chart and see that I was basically awake from 2:45-3:50 with five minutes of sleep in between.

Maybe I am being dramatic but I find these results to be intense.  It isn’t that I walk through the day like a zombie—I tend to have pretty good energy, but less than four hours of sleep a night can’t be good.

There is one caveat that I am hoping will save me. I am just finishing the first week of a month long cleanse and I am hoping that maybe the detoxification is messing with my sleep. I am very curious to find out over the next couple of weeks.

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