Sleep has been a long term issue for me. Life in the military convinces you going hard on very little rest is the new normal, but as I’m older now, I struggle hard when my sleep drops off. About this time last year I was getting 4 to 4 1/2 hours a night, and I was obviously chronically exhausted. It was very much the norm for me to come home and pass out on the couch for two hours after work. We have four kids, all of who, are teenagers now, so the stress doesn’t come from them crying all night, it comes from needing to stay up til their 11pm curfews and such.
After some very valuable sleep studies and some determination on my and my wife’s part, were both getting 6 1/2 to 7 now. Like a lot of folks, we bought sleep trackers and we were both surprised to see how little good sleep we were getting. It’s been a concerted effort, and I could definitely stand to get a bit more, I’d like to see 8 as my average, but I’m pretty happy with the improvements.
We use the Apple Watch and an app called pillow right now, though we’re making the jump to the Nokia/Whithings infrastructure shortly. Like so many things, we find we use them most when they require the least effort to use, right? On occasion we forget to turn on the tracker, or set our watch etc, which affects your overall average, skewing it down or up. The pads that go under the mattress just track and upload in the am when you get up.