January 01, 2018
Interpreting what your GoBe is Telling You About Sleep
What GoBe Can Tell You About Sleep
Healbe GoBe2 analyzes your sleeping habits to identify patterns that will help you sleep better. Having a consistent sleep schedule and ensuring you get enough quality rest at night will increase your productivity, improve the quality of your workouts and help you manage your weight more easily.
Studies increasingly show medical professionals concluding that sleeping well is as important as eating well. In regards to losing weight or maintaining your current weight, diet is important, but a healthy sleep schedule can help you to achieve your goals more easily.
Sleep disorders can occur for various reasons including special working hours, changing time zones (jet lag), environmental changes, emotional tension and stress. These factors often disrupt your circadian rhythm, which can be characterized by the following symptoms:
- Digestive disorders
Social Jet Lag
Lack of sleep can lead to hormonal issues that negatively impact metabolic processes and your body’s natural indicators that tell you if you are hungry or full. Stress during the workweek and voluntarily manipulating your sleep schedule (i.e., late nights out, irregular work schedules) is comparable to constantly switching time zones.
Putting your body through these continuous transitions can negatively affect your body’s natural processes, overall health, mood, mental health and productivity.
GoBe tells you the amount of sleep your body needs and recommends the optimal times to wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested.
How Does GoBe Evaluate Sleep?
GoBe evaluates your sleep based on your body’s physiological indicators including heart rate and movement.
Based on polysomnographic research, GoBe analyzes your sleep data using an algorithm that can estimate sleep cycles.
Healbe’s algorithms are set to monitor sleep between the hours of 9 p.m. and 12 p.m. the next day. GoBe does not track naps during the day because a good night’s rest is necessary for recovery, whereas naps are an artificial way to "reset" during the day.
What Sleep Metrics Does GoBe Track?
To get the maximum benefit from sleep, and to wake up feeling well-rested, these two factors are key:
- The quality of sleep during the night.
- Your body’s sleep cycles.
The importance of sleep cycles
When you are asleep, you cycle through periods of light sleep and deep sleep. GoBe tracks your movement and heart rate to determine the phase of sleep you are experiencing. The device goes one step further using its Smart Alarm feature to wake you up with a vibration during a period of lighter sleep to make getting out of bed easier, even if you weren’t able get a full night of rest.
Sleep is cyclical - every night, you typically go through 4 to 6 sleep cycles and each one is characterized by one of these phases:
- REM or Rapid Eye Movement: When your mind is most active, your heart rate is close to waking levels and you are likely dreaming
- NREM or Non-Rapid Eye Movement: When your mind is less active, your heart rate is slow and you are not dreaming.
During REM sleep, brain activity, breathing speed and heart rate increases. . Being able to monitor REM and NREM phases is critical waking up feeling refreshed. Ideally, you want to wake up as close to the end of an REM period of sleep as possible to feel well-rested.
Healbe GoBe keeps track of your condition throughout the night and reports the phases of sleep and duration each morning..
Anxiety While Asleep
Sleep specialists assess the sleep quality by tracking physical movement during the night as well as irregular changes in heart rate. High anxiety levels negatively impact the quality of sleep you are getting. After syncing GoBe with your mobile device in the morning, your anxiety levels will be recorded on the sleep graph on the GoBe app.
Healbe GoBe calculates the quality of your sleep based on a number of factors including the number of times you woke up, heart rate abnormalities and sleep duration.
GoBe tracks sleep between 9 PM and 12 PM the next day. Although the GoBe recommends a certain amount of sleep each night, if you do not get the full recommended night’s rest every night, reaching 76-90% of your goal will ensure you are well-rested. 61-75% of your goal is satisfactory , and 46-60% is poor.
In order to maximize the quality of sleep each night, be mindful of the environmental factors below:
- Minimize the amount of light in the room while you are sleeping (windows, personal electronics, television, night lights, overhead light, etc.)
- Minimize noise while you are asleep
- Take time to “wind down” before going to bed and avoid looking at your cell phone and other sources of blue light immediately before going to bed.
- If you feel you are not able to get the necessary amount of sleep each night, visit a sleep specialist.
Wearing Your GoBe Properly
You must wear your GoBe as outlined in the user manual in order for the device to properly analyze your sleep and give accurate recommendations.
Wear your GoBe constantly for the best results, except to charge, and ensure the sensors are in direct contact with your skin throughout the night.
If you wake up during the night and your GoBe does not record it, it may be because you were awake for a very short period of times, your movements were minimal and your heart rate remained low. The accuracy of all data reported by GoBe is dependent on the accuracy of the personal data (height, weight, age, etc.) included in your Healbe profile.
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