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Fitness Feedback, The Sleep Monitor

June 10, 2015 2 Comments

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sky

The systems now available to measure and monitor health are mind blowing.  This slice of health care/technology is growing more popular each day.  I started using Fitbit last fall to increase my movement.  It is effective motivation to see performance increase over time, complete with graphs.  I recently became most interested in the sleep measuring ability of my little wrist band.

MY SLEEP LOG

MY SLEEP LOG

As you can see I am frequently awakened during the night. My dog needs to go out and I must  walk down a flight of stairs to do the task, so it does disturb my slumber.  I am working this week to push back towards longer deeper sleep by using honey.  Last night on the 3rd trip down with the dog I drank a shot of honey and warm milk, which seemed to work pretty well.  I am also napping after lunch when possible because at that time I zonk out easily.  I do not pay for the advanced membership to Fitbit that provides constant reports and comparisons to your age group in the population.  However, I am taking advantage of the offer to create a one week report for free.  My results will be final on Saturday, and graphed.  I feel very competitive and funny about this challenge.  I want to see an improvement in my sleep in one week.  This may prove to be irrational as a goal, but I am still trying it.  I wonder if I can will myself to be a better sleeper in the long run. Over the last three days I have managed to increase my total time, but without the naps it would not have been the case.  This is one challenge for which gearing up is against my better interests.  How does one become a sleep champion?

Do you use any fitness monitoring devices or apps?  Have you found the feedback helpful in changing your habits?  What kind of sleep secrets have you learned, gentle reader?  I am on a quest for better rest.

Sleep Quality, Honey Hibernation

June 7, 2015 6 Comments

honey

honey

Sleeping has always been easy for me. I fall asleep quickly when I am tired, and normally sleep through noise and disturbances that bother others. For the last few months I am challenged to get a full night of rest because my dog needs to go out several times during the night.  Once I have walked down the stairs and let her out for a few minutes my patterns  have been disturbed.  I have been searching for a remedy that fits this situation.  I don’t want a sleep aid, even melatonin, because I do need to wake up for the chore.  I am doing research into various ways to enhance or deepen sleep.  In the meantime my fitbit reads my sleep efficiency.  It reports the number of times awakened, and the time spent sleeping.  My rate normally ranges between 79% and 85%, but last night I hit 73% sleep efficiency, with 23 times awakened.  I need to take action to save my sanity.

Last week I read about honey hibernation.  I have tried it several times and it seems to work.  Sometimes I neglect to do it before retiring, but take the honey on my first trip downstairs with the dog.  I think it might help me fall back into deep sleep.  I am going to start a real experiment with the honey method to find out if it is making a significant difference.  I have asked for a 7 day sleep report from fitbit and will now be religious about taking my son full of honey at 6 pm daily.  Last night I got 57 minutes less sleep than I need.  I did nap today, which I think is a fine solution to the overall rest situation, but I want a sound restful night  as well.  I have used self hypnosis in the past.  That might be useful for my purpose, but I will see if I need more help, after a week of honey.  Have you tried this method, gentle reader?  It is for weight loss and better liver function, but a side effect is better sleep.  I am up for all of the above, especially if it is all that easy.

 

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