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Seniors - Monitor your Sleep with Wearable Tech such as Apple Watch

At AnewVista Community Services, we understand the importance of a good night's sleep for our active seniors. A well-rested body and mind are essential for staying healthy, engaged, and enjoying life to the fullest! But sometimes, figuring out how well you're actually sleeping can be a mystery.

Here's where wearable technology (watches such as fitbit, Apple, Galaxy, and rings such as Oura and Samsung) comes in! These handy gadgets can be worn comfortably on your wrist or finger and can monitor your sleep patterns throughout the night.

What is a Sleep Cycle?

Before we dive into wearable tech, let's understand what happens when you sleep. During a typical night's rest, you cycle through different sleep stages:

  • Light Sleep (Stage 1): This is the transition between wakefulness and sleep. Your brain waves slow down, and your muscles relax.

  • Deep Sleep (Stage 3): This is the restorative stage where your body repairs itself and strengthens your immune system. Your brain waves are slow and your muscles are very relaxed.

  • REM Sleep (Rapid Eye Movement): This is the stage where dreaming occurs. Your brain waves become more active, similar to when you're awake, but your muscles are paralyzed.

A healthy sleep cycle involves going through these stages several times throughout the night.  Listen to our discussion on sleep and apple health/watches here!

Sleep Cycle Monitoring
Sleep Cycle Monitoring

How Can Wearable Tech Help Monitor Sleep?

Wearable sleep trackers like Apple watch use various sensors to monitor your sleep. They can track:

  • Duration: How long you sleep each night

  • Sleep Stages: The amount of time you spend in each sleep stage (light, deep, REM)

  • Restlessness: How often you move around during the night

  • Wake-ups: The number of times you wake up during the night, even if you don't remember them.

Benefits of Using wearable for Sleep

By tracking your sleep patterns, wearable tech can help you:

  • Identify Sleep Issues: If you're feeling tired during the day, your sleep tracker might reveal you're not getting enough deep sleep or experiencing frequent wake-ups.

  • Develop Healthy Sleep Habits: Tracking your sleep can help you identify patterns and establish a regular sleep schedule for better quality rest.

  • Monitor Progress: Over time, you can see how changes in your routine, like relaxation techniques before bed, affect your sleep quality.

Remember: Wearable tech is a tool, and the information it provides shouldn't be a cause for worry. If you have concerns about your sleep or suspect a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor.

AnewVista is Here to Help!

If you're interested in learning more about wearable technology or have questions about sleep in general, don't hesitate to reach out to AnewVista Community Services. Our friendly staff is always happy to chat and provide resources to help you get the restful sleep you deserve.

Stay active, stay engaged, and stay well-rested!

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