Hitting the Hay: The APP Way

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Sleep apps or trackers have become a popular craze when it comes hitting the hay.

However, a new study finds they may not be beneficial for all.

Their accuracy may be skewed when tracking your overall sleep; laying around or sitting with it on can throw off the results.

Additionally, professionals in the east told 9 On Your Side that individuals can become too focused on the band and not so much on the quality of sleep.

Dr. John Gibbs, Medical Director of the Vidant Medical Sleep Center shared the story of a recent patient, “This particular person, they were becoming fixated on the band, instead of getting fixated on a proper amount of sleep. And really, when we think about sleep, and the best way to get a good night sleep, is to do what we did before we had all these devices.”

He added that ‘sleep hygiene’ can play a part in your quality of sleep.

Sleep hygiene is a term describing what people do in their beds besides sleeping, which includes activities like reading, watching TV, or browsing the internet.

Gibbs said you should only use the bed for sleeping.

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