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Tracking sleep quality with tech brings more harm than good


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Do you suffer from orthosomnia, an unhealthy obsession with getting the right amount of healthy sleep each night?

It applies to people who are more than a little bit obsessed by what their sleep trackers are telling them.

Orthosomnia was first coined by Feinberg School of Medicine in a study published in the Journal Of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

With more and more people buying sleep trackers, patients whose quest for a better sleep led to sleep problems.

Ortho meaning correct and somnia meaning sleep.

A 27-year-old woman had difficulty sleeping was treated and seemed to improve.

The equipment had shown that she slept deeply, her response was, “Then why does my fitness tracker say I am sleeping poorly?”

Some people are desperately trying to hit their sleep targets. A bit like trying to do 10,000 steps a day.

If you try to do this with sleep, it can be counterproductive.

Best way of telling if you had a good night’s sleep is not the device on your wrist but whether you feel tired or not.

Obsession to reach target sleep with sleep trackers can harm your productivity and mental health

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Medical journal covering sleep medicine.