Sleeping on it: What I know about my sleep

As part of being a BibRave Pro, Athlinks sent me and other Pros a ResMed S+. (Note: They didn’t ask for a review or any kind of recommendation. I’ve just really liked it!)

I’ve tried sleep trackers before— ones that track via my wrist and ones that track via my phone placed near my pillow, but this one is great because it’s non-contact.

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I’ve set it up on my nightstand and have already been really impressed by what it’s told me.

I know I’m not a great sleeper, and this little device confirmed it.

Usually, it takes me 30 minutes to an hour to fall asleep. I’m a night owl and can work until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. I’ll sleep until 10 a.m. and then still feel like I need a nap about 3 p.m. Other days, I’ll head to bed at a reasonable hour and then wake up at 5:30 a.m.  I’ll run all day on six hours and no nap.

For a person with migraines, we know how important it is to get enough sleep, but what about making the most of that sleep?

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In my case, the S+ told me that people my age typically get about 7 hours of sleep. That includes about 90 minutes of REM, just over an hour of deep sleep, and about 4 hours of light sleep.

It tracks all that and assigns a score to each of those factors.

REM and light sleep look OK. My scores are close to the ideal number, but deep sleep is woefully low for me.

Deep sleep is when our bodies work to recover, which is why if you’ve ever been woken in the middle night and can’t quite wake up, you were probably in deep sleep.

This explains why some days I just can’t get over being sleepy— my deep sleep suffered the night before.

There are the usual recommendations to help with deep sleep: Have a bedtime routine. Cool the bedroom. Stress less. Eat better.

I’ll definitely work on those (stress is probably one of the biggest factors for me). Hopefully, I’ll get a little better at making the most of my sleep.