The Importance of Sleep Monitoring
Monitoring and tracking your sleep may be key to helping you and your health care provider diagnose and treat a sleeping disorder.
Sleep plays an important role in our everyday lives.
- Sleep deprivation will kill you more quickly than food deprivation.
- Humans spend one-third of their lives sleeping.
- It should take you about 10 to 15 minutes to fall asleep at night. If it takes you 5 minutes or less, you are most likely sleep deprived.
- Nearly 7 out of 10 Americans experience frequent sleep problems, which equates to about 40 million people who have not been diagnosed with a sleep disorder.
- Too little sleep can cause memory problems, depression, increase in the perception of pain, and weakening of your immune system.
Continued sleep monitoring is important for a few reasons.
- We don’t sleep the same way every night, so a single snapshot of sleep may miss important information. It is a good idea to monitor your sleep patterns every night to get a more accurate picture of how you sleep.
- If you were trying a program such as weight loss or side-sleeping, you could track improvements in your sleep patterns. This is a good way to gauge how effective the program is (or isn’t!).
- If you decided to keep a regular schedule and make other changes in your bedtime routine, you could track your improvement in sleep efficiency and continuity. You can see how your new bedtime routine affects your sleep patterns.
- If your health status changed or you were started on new medications, you could monitor yourself for changes in sleep patterns.
- If you were already on a program for sleep such as CPAP or dental device, you could check for stability over time. This is important information that you can then relay to your sleep specialist.
The PlexTM sleep scanner is a sleep tracking wearable device designed by a physician in conjunction with experts in design, engineering, and software processing of big data. It uses medical grade sensors that go beyond just capturing sleep behaviors; it also monitors breathing patterns, pulse, and oxygen levels during sleep. When the data are compiled, users get a comprehensive snapshot of their sleep and breathing patterns, which then brings real-time information to users and doctors about possible underlying sleep problems.
Somnology, Inc. is the Premier enterprise in the illumination and tracking of sleep patterns. Using real-time mobile technology, Somnology provides the user immediate insight into and relief of their sleep disruptions in order to gain a productive, restful sleep.
Somnology, Inc. offers a family of devices, mobile and desktop applications, and clinical services to provide meaningful information and resolve a user’s sleep disturbances. All of Somnology’s applications are designed and developed by a practicing physician, Dr. Melissa Lim, with nearly 20 years of medical experience as a certified sleep specialist, pulmonologist and in critical care. These products are designed for those seeking new information about their sleep, as well as for those who want to track their sleep patterns. The Plex sleep scanner and SomnologyMobileDoc are useful for both sleep apnea and insomnia as well as for possible abnormal breathing patterns.