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Wearables track data to help give you the best sleep

by Stephanie Chan

Wearables track data to help give you the best sleep

Time for a nap? See how gadgets are making snoozing more beneficial for you.

Smart wearables are going beyond tracking steps—gadgets like Fitbit gather data on your sleep patterns to improve your physical wellness in a whole new way.

You can have smarter shut-eye this National Napping Day by strapping on a wearable on while you snooze. Maintaining a good night's sleep is a huge factor in your body's mental and physical health, and keeping data on your sleep quality can help optimize your rest.

Gadgets and Wearables reports that Fitbit can monitor how much Light, Deep, and REM sleep you are getting each night. Deep Sleep aids muscle growth and supports your immune system, while REM helps maintain good memory function. Beyond this, Fitbit tracks the trends in your sleep to give you the best insights on how to improve the time when you snooze. With personalized goals for bedtime and wakeup time, getting optimal sleep is possible for those who need to get the absolute most from their naps.

Other wearables like Neuroon brings sleep gadgets right to your face with a smart sleeping mask. Metro reports this device uses Bright Light Therapy to help users overcome jet lag and fall asleep faster. Pillows and beds now have embedded sleep gadgets. Anne Field writes that Beddit sells a thin motion sensor that adheres to mattresses. This device includes sensors to monitor heart rate, an audio device to track snoring, and a built-in alarm clock.

Because sleep is such a primal and crucial human need, it's easy to see why the smart gadget market is full of wearables to create an optimal time dreaming. The next time you hit the pillow, see how sensors and data could make your time asleep even better.