Obsessed with tracking your sleep with a fitness tracker- you could be suffering from ‘Orthosomnia’.

There’s a new sleep disorder on the block and its biggest impact is with people actively focusing on improving their sleep.

One of the most common myths surrounding sleep relates to the amount of time we sleep each night. And of course, everybody sleeps, so everybody has an opinion on the subject. The advent of the smart-watch has compounded this further, and now, as well as the duration of time we are asleep for, we are able to worry about the type of sleep we are getting.

As well as getting to bed early in order to ‘get their 8 hours’ people are also now waking up and panicking that they didn’t get the right amount of deep sleep. And this is a much harder issue to fix because you have less control over how deeply you sleep. This is leading to upsurge in people worrying about a sleep disorder that may not even be there in a condition referred to in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine as ‘Orthosomnia’.

Can a fitness tracker track my sleep?
A fitness tracker can give you a rough idea of how you are sleeping at night. However, it is important to remember that it is only a rough guide. The sleep tracker function works by tracking movement during sleep. However, if you are somebody who moves a lot in your sleep, the tracker may not record this as deep sleep.

Monitoring the tracker obsessively may therefore lead you to the conclusion that you have a problem sleeping properly, where in truth you are just a bit of a fidget.

So how can I track my sleep?
The best advice we offer at The Insomnia Clinic is simply, don’t. The more you focus on your sleep the worse it appears to be, the harder it is to get and the more tired you will feel.

The first thing to remember is not to panic. If you are falling asleep quickly at night and feel ok during the day with an afternoon lull and the odd tired day then your sleep is almost certainly fine, even if you got less than 8 hours and regardless of what your app may tell you.

However, if you are struggling to fall asleep at night, or feeling tired and sluggish during the day, it may be that you have the beginnings of a sleep disorder or need some support in getting a good night’s sleep. And that’s where the Insomnia Clinic comes in.

We have qualified Insomnia Therapists across the UK, with clinics now running in:
● Nottingham
● Norfolk
● Yorkshire
● Wrexham
● Bristol
● Woking
● Windsor

We offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation so if you do have any concerns about your quality of sleep, don’t panic! Learn the technique that will really work to improve your sleep from an expert Insomnia Therapist and start taking your first steps to a better night’s sleep by contacting us here.