How to Choose the Right App for Tracking your Sleep

Sleep tracking apps have come a long way over the last few years, and like with all technological advancements, their size has also shrunk drastically. A few years back, the only way to monitor your sleep pattern is to walk into a sleep lab and get hooked onto large machines. It's not only uncomfortable, but can disrupt your sleep. In addition, you can't understand patterns because it's not possible to go to the sleep lab everyday for a certain period of time, say a month.

Today, the picture is a lot different, thanks to technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile apps. All that you have to do now is wear a small and non-obtrusive sleep tracking device or simply turn on a sleep tracking app on your mobile device, and go to sleep. This device or app will track your sleep patterns, and will give you insights about your sleep cycles, environment, movements, and more.

Sounds cool, right? But, this convenience and comfort has led many companies to create their own sleep tracking app, and this means, you have an overwhelming choice. How do you pick the right one?

Here are some pointers on how you can choose the app that works best for you.

Online reviews

The Internet is a storehouse of information, so tap into it. Read through online reviews of different sleep tracking apps to get an idea of the pros and cons of each. Compare these with the list of features that you want in an app, and based on this comparison, make your choice. This is one of the best and the easiest way to zero-in on the app that's right for you, without ever stepping out of your bedroom!

Talk to your doctor

If you're not too tech-savvy, or if you have any questions, feel free to talk to your doctor. He or she may have inputs on sleep tracking apps, and the ones that'll work best for you.

Attend conferences

Conferences related to sleep tracking apps give you much insight about these apps, how they work, and any other new developments in this field. It can be a good way to stay on top of possible solutions for your sleep problem. Though many conferences happen in major cities, there are an equal number of web conferences too. In addition, much of the physical conferences are streamed online for free or a low subscription. So, stay on top of these events to learn more about sleep monitoring, and through it, the apps that would work best for you.

Information from family and friends

A good point for information would be from people who've used a particular device. They can give you a feel of how the device, along with a personal opinion on whether they like it or not. In this sense, getting first-hand information from friends and family members can make your choice a lot easier.

In short, technological advancements have led to the emergence of smart devices and apps to track your sleep. However, to choose the right one, look at online reviews, talk to your doctor, friends and family members, and try to stay on top of conferences.

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Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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