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SATURDAY, April 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) — If you’re thinking about getting a device to help sleep better, an expert offers some advice.
Sleep tracking devices range from those that record how long you sleep to those that monitor your stages of sleepbut it can be difficult to know if they will provide good results and useful information.
“Because these devices record waking and sleeping based on movement, if you’re typically someone who doesn’t move a lot while sleeping and moves a lot while waking up, you’re more likely to get an accurate recording. of your sleep quantities wearing one of these devices,” said Dr. Philip Alapat, an assistant professor of sleep medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Other sleep devices that have proven beneficial to patients include:
- White noise machines to provide cohesive sound that blocks out background noise.
- Alarms that gradually increase the light in the room to help you wake up naturally.
- Weighted blankets, which have been reported to help relieve abnormal sensations in the limbs in people with restless leg syndrome.
Alapat also outlined steps you can take to improve your chances of a good night’s sleep: dim the lights in the room while getting ready for bed; turn off the television and computer, and put away your phone; maintaining a quiet, cool and calm environment to help you relax.
“Those of us who have trouble falling asleep need things to help us relax more before bedtime,” Alapat said in a statement from Baylor. “It can be hard to shut down the brain. Anything that can help you disconnect from work and other responsibilities by keeping your brain busy can help you improve the quality of your sleep.”
If you’re still having trouble sleeping, see a sleep medicine expert, recommends Alapat. They may provide an at-home sleep test to determine if you have difficulty breathing while sleeping, or you may need a sleep lab study where sleep experts measure your brain waves using EEG recordings.
The US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to healthy sleep.
SOURCE: Baylor College of Medicine, press release, March 29, 2022