Track your Sleep
How much sleep you need per night depends on many factors. You can't control some, such as your age and genetic makeup, but others you can manage, like deciding to postpone your bedtime by watching an extra episode of your favorite show.
It's recommended that healthy young adults and adults that are not suffering from any sleep disorders get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
Some risks of not getting enough sleep per night:
During an eight hour sleep period, a healthy sleeper should go through the five sleep stages roughly every 90 minutes.
REM Stage is short for "rapid eye movement" sleep. It's the time of the night where dreams occur. The first REM episode happens typically after 90-110 minutes of sleep and then, on average, every 90 minutes after.
Tracking your sleep cycle helps you better understand your rest patterns, target problem times, and improve your schedule.
Bedtime and Wake Time
Often called our ‘internal clock’, the circadian rhythm is our bodies' natural, internal cycle. It controls the sleep-wake schedule and influences essential functions in our bodies, such as:
The circadian rhythm adapts to your schedules and gets used to going to bed and waking up at similar times each day. It's one reason why having to go to bed later or waking up earlier comes with its unique set of challenges.
The optimal sleeping schedule varies from person to person, but the key is being consistent. Tracking your bedtime and wake time helps you stick to that routine.
How well you sleep is just as important as how many hours you get a night. If you’re not getting enough quality sleep, you can have trouble concentrating, and be prone to mental fog.
Good quality of sleep is when:
How well are you aware of the quality of your sleep? Tracking long-term sleep patterns focused on quality could help your doctor diagnose sleep disorders.