It’s easy to take control of your own wellbeing thanks to health tracking apps. It’s like having a personal health assistant at your fingertips. Download the app and you’ve got instant access to tools to help you sleep better, eat better, and exercise more. By tracking your sleep, diet, exercise, and mental health, you can begin to see how they relate to each other and might want to make changes.
But when leading a busy life, it’s easy to put your health last. And sleep may be one of the first things to suffer. If you’re looking to get a better night’s rest, stay with us to learn more about sleep tracking.
Here are five ways you can use sleep tracking to help improve your sleep:
- Sleep monitoring
Sleep tracking apps can help you track sleep patterns caused by changes in your daily routine, sleep environment, or lifestyle factors.1 If you’re already on CPAP therapy using a ResMed machine, you can track your treatment with our online support program and app, myAir. To encourage you to stick with your therapy, you’ll receive a score each night based on four factors: usage hours, mask seal, events per hour, and mask on/off events.
- Sleep analysis
Sleep tracking apps can provide insights into your sleep quality such as how much time you spend in each sleep stage. But sleep health is only a part of your overall health and wellness, and if your sleep health data is reviewed with other health data sets, then it's possible to understand correlations.
MyAir, for example, provides a dashboard for CPAP users that shows CPAP usage and steps data. MyAir’s Holistic Health Steps Integrator can combine your Apple Health or Health Connect by Android data with CPAP usage metrics to help you see the relationship between your CPAP usage and exercise to better understand your overall health.
- Wake-up optimisation
Some apps can wake you up at the optimal time within a specified time window to ensure you feel refreshed and alert. This is a stark contrast to traditional alarms that can jolt you awake during a deep sleep cycle and can leave you feeling groggy.
- Sleep recommendations
Based on your sleep patterns, CPAP therapy tracking apps like myAir offer personalised tips to improve your sleep quality. These apps may use the data they collect to offer personalised recommendations to improve sleep quality. Whether it's adjusting bedtime, creating a calming bedtime routine, or addressing sleep-disrupting habits, the suggestions are based on your individual sleep needs.
- Detecting sleep disorders
Some sleep tracking apps can help you identify potential sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. Users experiencing consistent sleep disturbances can use the data recorded to provide healthcare professionals with valuable information for diagnosis and treatment.
Health tracking apps offer us a wealth of data and insights that can help us make informed decisions, set and achieve our health goals, and take control of our holistic health. By leveraging data and personalised guidance, health tracking apps can help us change the way we prioritise and optimise our sleep, promoting better health and quality of life.
While it’s easy to neglect our health, these apps can serve as personal health assistants, helping us live healthier, happier lives. And as more attention is given to sleep wellness, they can provide a valuable tool to ensure we get the rest we need to thrive. So, why wait? Start tracking your health today and take the first step toward a healthier, more empowered you.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. You should speak to your doctor about your symptoms and whether a CPAP device is suitable for you.