The HH&P Show Ep. 4: How to improve your sleep using a Fitbit

Would you love to know how to improve your sleep to make your nightly slumber better. I know it was and still is at the top of my priority list.

But it’s not a simple task, and it’s important to gain feedback to see if what you’re doing is making a significant difference. That’s where wearables such as the Fitbit can help streamline your routine.

In today’s blog we discuss how to improve your sleep using a Fitbit device. Though, there are other options out there as well.

How my sleep improved using the Fitbit

In the first part of this episode, we discuss how my sleep has improved over the last few years. We discuss the measures that I’ve seen improve such as sleep score, sleep efficiency, and REM sleep. We’ll also discuss general trends I follow with my Fitbit data.

There are a number of reasons you should want to improve your sleep. We’ve discussed this a couple of times in blogs you can click below:

Poor sleep in your 40s promotes poor sleep in your 60s

Abnormal sleep patterns promote metabolic dysfunction

In addition, a recent paper was published showing that poor sleep leads to elevated TSH levels, potentially impairing thyroid function. And interestingly, correcting the sleep problem corrects the TSH problem.

Strategies I used to improve my sleep

In the second part of the episode, we discuss specific strategies I used to improve my sleep, and how I used the Fitbit to keep the good ones and toss out the ineffective ones. In addition to learning my strategy for trying things out, you’ll learn about some great tips on sleep.

We discuss how to find a sleep schedule that works for you, tips such as drinking chamomile tea, adjusting your light environment to promote better sleep, taking a shower at night, and why I use blue blockers in the morning during the summer.

All these things worked great for me and are now a part of my normal daily routine that may help you as well. But I would have never been able to give them an honest trial without the Fitbit Sleep data.

Today’s episode is all about how to improve your sleep by creating an individual experiment and using the data from your Fitbit to assess those outcomes. Enjoy!

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