Video | Wearables for Tracking Sleep

Hi it’s Dr. Perry.

So, today I’m going to talk to you about wearables. Here you go. Here’s my apple watch. Fitbit is another popular one. So, as the saying goes, “what gets measured gets done”, and what I do with my practice members is provide accountability in coaching. Because so many of the people that I work with are very smart, they know what they need to do, what they want to do, what they think they’re committed to doing to improve their health. However, a couple things, I think, get them hung up a little bit. One can be the sequencing or prioritizing like,

“what really, where should I really start. There are so many things, that I could do, to improve my well being, but where should I start?”

Secondly is, maybe you need a little bit of accountability. I do! I have an accountability group that I’m in. I also work with coaches, I have worked with a variety of coaches, personally and professionally for a long, long time. And that’s what we do with our practice members, is we provide accountability via me health coaching and also with other practice members in the community. Part of the way that I coach and provide accountability is by actually looking at the data that my practice members provide me via their wearables, and more importantly than “Steps” is “Sleep”.

I know that no matter what health challenge or health improvement that one of my clients wants to make, sleep needs to be way up there on the top of the list. So, if you have a Fitbit, it’s going to track sleep for you automatically, if you charge it and wear it. If you have the Apple Watch, you’re going to have to sync it with an iPhone app and I imagine there’s an Android. So, I need to do a little bit more research on that one, but there’s definitely a way to track your sleep, and for those people who are working with us, I have a way to keep track of you, and in my software I will set up something that will show me, okay:

If Suzy had been sleeping six and a half hours a night and our goal was to get her to seven, I can have my system alert me if she goes more than three days in a row with less than seven hours sleep. And then we’ll have a chit-chat, see what’s going on. Maybe there’s a good explanation for why that’s happening or maybe we just need to get her back into the office for an acupuncture appointment or something like that.

So, you can be your own coach and by measuring and looking at trends and seeing what you’re currently doing then you can set reasonable goals for yourself hold yourself accountable and make those improvements. Put sleep up there as a priority, and optimal sleep, I believe, is around 7.5 to 9 hours for most people. You can discover what feels best for you. No matter where you are. Kind of take a look at the average of wherever you are and then you’re just going to want to increase that by 15 to maybe 30 minutes. Make that your goal. It make take you a month to improve your sleep by that. So, I’m in the process also of writing an article on sleep hygiene. All those tips that are just kind of non-negotiable that will help you sleep. You already know some of them. So, watch for that article.

If you have any specific questions for me, about your sleep issues, or about a wearable or about working with us and becoming a practice member, please send me an email or just pick up the phone and give me a call and I’ll get back to you.

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