Sleep Tracking using the Nike Fuelband

This months Runnersworld had a good article in it about sleep and how important it is for your training, recovery, health, happiness and well being.

If you’re a regular reader if my blog you’ll know that I sometime struggle with sleep… Read Ping 2:36am! For more on what I mean about that… https://lornpearsontrains.co.uk/2013/10/04/ping-236am/. After reading the Runnersworld article, I thought it would be a good test to see how much sleep I tend to need and see if I can track it, a bit like you do with exercise.

The article mentioned the Nike a Fuelband as a good tool to track your sleep. What you do is before you go to sleep, start a session (manually). Then when you wake up, stop the session and tag it as Sleep. It works, but as I read somewhere, you could just as easy write it down each time you went to bed and woke up.

Nevertheless I’ve been doing it for the last 5 days or so and I’m generally getting about 7:30 hours sleep before I wake up (the long one was a long lie in on Sunday morning, which I think will come up as a pattern).

Along with the Sleep category, I’ve also made up an unable to sleep category, which is where I’ve been tossing and turning (tonight and the last two nights), unable to get to sleep. You can add comments to your sessions, so I think this will all help.

When I’m unable to sleep, I reset my session, then try to relax, stop thinking about stuff and get to sleep. And it’s been working well.

So I’m off to restart my sleep session and get done well earned sleep. 🙂

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