The dangers of sleep trackers

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2020

Last week I listened to NPR while driving yesterday and learned about this new type of insomnia for the digital age: orthosomnia.

Step trackers. Calorie trackers. Now sleep gadgets and trackers to help us fall asleep and track the quality and quantity of our sleep. The irony about being fixated on achieving the "perfect" sleep or improving sleep scores is that we're literally losing sleep over it!

I'm by no means an orthosomniac. Admitedly, I've had sleep challenges for many years, since starting grad school: insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea. Sleep hygiene has become an integral part of my self-care practice. Here are my sleep solutions, which I now adhere to nightly:

  • Blue light blocking glasses (I wear while working at my computer or watching TV at night)
  • Wireless charger station - outside my bedroom (on another floor of my house)
  • Apple HomePod - in the bedroom - as my alarm (Siri wakes me up in the morning)
  • Weighted blanket (I love my blanket!)
  • CPAP machine (suffer from chronic brain fog? do you snore? read below)


There is an entire module dedicated to SLEEP in Byte-Size Wellness Academy - my online wellness self-coaching program that's launching in March. I collaborated with a Ph.D. sleep scientist and my sleep doctor to deliver evidence-based information straight to your desktop or mobile device.

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Sleep well,


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