Wake Up to the Importance of Sleep: Celebrating World Sleep Day!

According to a recent survey, a shocking 59% of the population go to bed way past midnight, directly affecting their health – and they are blaming social media and digital devices for their distractions. Lack of sleep has become more of a trend rather than something to worry about amongst the new generation today. 

The brighter side to the story, however, is that the very same technology, which is most often than not blamed for the ceaseless distractions people succumb to can also be leveraged to curate our lifestyles to be more healthy, robust and active. You guessed it write. We are absolutely talking about the most popular and sought-after wearable technologies like sleep trackers, Fitbit, etc,. 

Wearable technology has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a growing number of devices designed to track our daily activities and health metrics. One of the most useful applications of this technology is in tracking our sleep patterns. In this blog, we will explore the importance of sleep, the benefits of tracking it with wearable technology, and how this technology can be used to improve our sleep quality. Additionally, we will discuss World Sleep Day and its significance in promoting healthy sleep habits.

The Importance of Sleep: 

Sleep is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, and it is critical for both our physical and mental well-being. During sleep, our bodies are repairing and regenerating cells, and our brains are consolidating memories and processing information. Without sufficient sleep, we can experience a range of negative effects, including impaired cognitive function, decreased productivity, increased stress levels, and a higher risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. 

The Benefits of Tracking Sleep with Wearable Technology: 

Wearable technology, such as fitness trackers and smartwatches, can help us monitor and improve our sleep quality. By tracking our sleep patterns, we can gain insights into the amount and quality of our sleep and identify any issues that may be impacting our sleep quality. For example, if we notice that we are waking up frequently during the night, we can adjust our sleep environment or bedtime routine to promote better sleep. 

Additionally, many wearable devices offer features such as sleep tracking, which can provide us with data on our sleep quality, including the duration of our sleep, the amount of time spent in each sleep stage, and the number of times we wake up during the night. This data can help us identify patterns in our sleep behavior and make adjustments to our habits to improve our sleep quality. 

How Do These devices Help Us Track Our Sleep? 

  • Data Analytics 
    Using applications such as Accelerometers, large amounts of data related to body movements, breathing, and circadian rhythms are collected over a large period of time. These data are collected from multiple sources to create a large database.
  • Cloud Services
    The collected data is now cleaned and stored in clouds. These data are then compared with other similar data to help identify healthy/harmful patterns. This is done to get an idea of what people of similar age groups, occupation types, and other related metrics are doing.
  • Machine and Deep Learning Algorithms 
    After the data is collected and sorted, it is compared with other similar data and utilized to create algorithms that help track and suggest the right bedtime and other relevant information for a wholesome lifestyle. 

World Sleep Day: 

World Sleep Day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of healthy sleep habits and to promote the benefits of good sleep. This year, World Sleep Day the theme is “Regular Sleep, Healthy Future.” It’s time for us humans as the most sophisticated, socially evolved beings on this planet to be more aware of the needs of our body and cater to the same. 

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