How to Sleep Better: Apps for Insomnia
Apps for Insomnia and to Track Your ZZZ’s
Has your physical therapist ever asked, “How have you been sleeping?” The most common response I get is a “fine” with a shrug of the shoulders. While getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night can be a bit of a challenge for most people, it’s not so much the quantity of sleep that matters, it’s the QUALITY of sleep that counts! I (Liz) am an objective person. I love to see numbers, percentages, and stats. Plus a good bar graph makes me grin ear to ear 🙂 I was recently asked, “How have you been sleeping,” and I too struggled to answer like many of our clients. It led me on a hunt to better be able to answer that question, and what do you know –
There’s an app for that!
1. The first one is called Pillow
It is the simpler of the two, and it will track how long you were asleep; how long it took you to get to sleep; quality percentage of your night’s rest; and displays a colorful graph broken down into time awake, REM sleep, light sleep, and deep sleep.
2. The second one is called Sleep Watch
It is a little more involved. It displays many of the components included with the Pillow app, but the feature I loved the most was you can “tag” what happened that day that could have impacted your sleep. Did you have a big workout? Did you eat a late dinner? Was your pet or kiddo sleeping in bed with you? This way you can keep an eye on habits and how they impact the quality of your zzzzs.
So why is this important? It is important because if you aren’t sleeping well, you probably aren’t healing well. It is just one of the many components that contributes to the full picture of your overall health. Breathe’s mission statement is providing hope & inspiration so women can live the energetic, vibrant, & active life they deserve, and that all begins with a good night’s rest. Sweet dreams!