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Doesn’t seem like it was that long ago the only way you could tell if you got a good night’s sleep was if you woke up feeling rested and didn’t yawn a lot during the day.

 

Today, technology brings us a way to not only see if we slept well, but to see how many times we woke up, what periods were we in deep sleep, etc., in great detail.

 

Companies such as Fitbit, Jawbone, and Microsoft all have wearable devices that monitor everything from your heart rate, how many steps you take in a day, and how many calories you burn. They also help monitor your sleep.

 

The devices, usually worn around your wrist, vary in what they can and cannot do. For example, one might have a watch feature, while another might include the ability to read texts and see when someone is calling you.

 

One of the problems with these types of sleep trackers is that you do have to wear them. Some of them are rather bulky and it might be difficult to get a good night’s sleep while wearing one. Also, if you move your arm around a lot during sleep, you might not get an accurate reading.

 

An alternative to the wearable sleep tracker is a sleep monitor that lies across your bed while you sleep.

 

REM-Fit, an active lifestyle bedding brand, has created a simple sleep tracking solution that you’d hardly know what even there. An incredibly thin strap lies across your bed. While you sleep, it monitors your heart rate, respiratory rate, and motion. Its accurate sensors give you an incredibly detailed look at the quality of your sleep, all without having to wear a device.

 

All of this information is stored throughout the night and downloaded to a special, free REM-Fit app on your phone via Bluetooth. Using the app, you can check on your breathing (which is especially good for those with sleep apnea), how often you tossed and turned, and several other factors to give you a sleep score.

 

The information is analyzed by the sleep monitor to give you a score based on how long you slept, your heart rate, respiratory rate, motion, and more. You can use the app to get details on each item in the score.

 

The free app is available for iPhones and Android phones. After a few nights, the app will show your sleep trends. This is useful in helping you make daily changes to better your sleep.

 

Another plus the REM-Fit Sleep Monitor has over wearable devices is that one charge lasts about 30 days, whereas the wearable devices might get a little more than five days out of a charge.

 

Regardless of what device you decide to use, using any device will help you get a better understanding of your sleep patterns and how you can adjust things in your life so you’ll have a better night’s sleep.