Sleeping Apps

What is a Sleep Diary?

What is a Sleep Diary?

A sleep diary is a daily record of your sleep habits. Often also known as a ‘sleep log’ or a ‘sleep journal’, they are popular among parents hoping to get their children into a routine or adults who feel fatigued.

Over a period of time, a diary is used to evaluate a person’s sleep and identify any recurring bad habits or interruptions, helping to diagnose a sleep disorder.

What should a sleep diary include?

There are many different formats a sleep diary can take. However, most will simply be a notebook where the following details are noted down following each sleep:

  • Bedtime 
  • Wake-up time 
  • How long it took to fall asleep (roughly) or if you have a smart watch this can track your hours
  • Number of sleep interruptions, and the period if prolonged 
  • Number of daytime naps (if any) 
  • Medication, exercise and any caffeine taken

Are There Sleep Diary Apps?

If you think you may forget to fill out a sleep diary daily, downloading a sleep app could help – especially if your phone is permanently attached to your hip. There are many different free and paid sleep diary apps that can help monitor your snooze time, REM sleep cycles and provide tips for improving rest quality. Some of the most popular include:

Sleep As Android

This is primarily an intelligent alarm clock app that helps wake you gently in the morning. However, it also has decent sleep cycle tracking capabilities and is compatible with wearable tracking devices such as Galaxy Watches and Fitbits.

It can score your sleep on duration, deficit, deep sleep percentage, snoring, efficiency and irregularity. Should you want to, you can even record your sleep talking using the app.

Sleep Time

This is a sleep analysis app and an alarm clock in one. It tracks your sleep cycle and quality, measures your resting heart rate when you wake up, and provides soothing soundscapes, to name a few features.

Pillow

An Apple app that can sync up with your Apple Watch, Pillow is a smart sleep assistant and will automatically analyse your sleep cycles. 

Like the other apps on this list, it has audio recording technology and alarm options. It can also suggest an optimal bedtime based on your recorded data, show your sleep trends, and allows you to add notes should you want to track the influence of food, drink, medication or exercise on your quality and length of sleep.

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Is too much sleep bad for you?

Is too much sleep bad for you?

Getting enough sleep helps to look after our physical and mental wellbeing, but is it possible to get too much sleep?

When it comes to sleep, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Getting enough sleep is very important as it helps our bodies to rest and regenerate, ready for the next day. But there’s a fine line between getting your beauty sleep and oversleeping.

The amount of sleep needed each night differs from one person to the next and changes over the course of a person’s lifetime. However, as a rough guide, experts usually recommend that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night.

If you find that you’re sleeping significantly more than this, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder or medical problem.

Research has found that people who regularly oversleep are more at risk of developing several serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Oversleeping is also a common symptom of several sleep disorders, including:

  • Idiopathic hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Hypersomnia

People who sleep for more than 10-12 hours a day may be suffering from a sleep disorder called Hypersomnia.

Symptoms of hypersomnia include sleeping excessively, including during the day, difficulty waking from sleep, sleep inertia and cognitive impairment.

What to do if you’re oversleeping

If you find yourself regularly oversleeping or feeling excessively tired, it’s important to speak to your doctor so that they can check that the problem is not a symptom of a more serious health condition.

If, after being examined by a doctor they find no cause for concern, the following tips may help you to deal with oversleeping.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness where possible.
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Government to issue sleep guidelines

Government to issue sleep guidelines

The Government are to release national sleep guidance as evidence grows on the negative impact sleep deprivation has on health.

A leaked document says that the government will review the evidence on health and sleep in order to provide the public with guidance on how much sleep they should be getting and raise awareness of “sleep hygiene” factors.

Sleep hygiene involves optimising your behaviour and environment to make it conducive to getting a good night’s rest. This could involve making sure your bed and bedroom are comfortable and doing or not doing certain activities in the hours running up to bedtime.

The amount of sleep required can vary from person to person, and the document is said to provide advice on the recommended minimum amount of sleep required for each age bracket.

It is expected that the guidelines will warn that any less than seven hours of sleep a night could have a damaging effect on health.

The importance of sleep on health

The draft government document, which was leaked to The Times newspaper, says: “There’s growing evidence on the health impacts of lack of sleep. Failure to sleep between seven and nine hours a night is associated with physical and mental health problems, including an increased risk of obesity, strokes, heart attacks, depression and anxiety.”

Recent studies have also discovered that lack of sleep can have a negative effect on the immune system, slowing down recovery from illness, injury or surgery.

Russell Foster, professor of sleep and circadian neuroscience at Oxford University has also found there to be overwhelming evidence that good sleeping habits could help to protect against illnesses like dementia and diabetes.

According to the document, the guidance will be released by Health Secretary Matt Hancock. It is part of a larger plan which also focuses on tackling obesity and smoking to reduce disease and save the NHS money.

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Do You Need An App To Get You To Sleep?

Do You Need An App To Get You To Sleep?

In this age of distracting electronic communication there are now plenty of apps that can track your sleeping habits but is this a healthy way to manage your sleep or should you be looking for more natural ways to relax?

The question isn’t an easy one to answer and a lot depends on how you use your app and how happy you are for technology to help you do what comes naturally for most people.

The reason you might use an app for sleep is down to concern about getting enough of it. So having the app tell you when to go to bed and when to get up sounds like a good idea until nature gets in the way and you can’t sleep at the suggested times.

This can lead to people stressing over their sleep and losing sleep as a result.

Surely to best way to get a good night’s sleep is not to be thinking too much about everything that worries you. Being able to clear your mind of worries where possible will go a long way to helping you sleep.

Also gadgets such as mobile phones and the glare from tablet screens are best avoided at bed time as current scientific evidence suggests.

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