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Trying To Sleep Well Could Actually Make Your Sleep Worse

It may sound absurd, but it makes sense.
28 Feb 2022, 03:48 PM
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Developments in technology have given rise to many things we can use to make sure we live a healthier life, from tracking the way we exercise to the way we sleep.

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But did you know that monitoring your sleep patterns could actually make them worse? This is known as “orthosomnia”, which literally translates to ‘correct sleep’.

This may not sound too threatening, but it’s based on the idea that obsessing about creating the ‘perfect’ sleeping pattern could lead to poor sleep quality.

According to sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley, as most apps and trackers rate people’s sleep, it’s natural that people will want to improve it, especially if the rating is low. This could lead them to overthink matters, causing disturbed sleep.

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"People should trust themselves a lot more rather than technology. Apps and wearables are not particularly accurate anyway, so you may be worrying about completely inaccurate data,” said Dr Stanley.

"Really it's all about relying on how you're feeling: are you sleepy during the day? Yes or no. If yes, you probably have a problem with sleep. If no, then you don't."

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