Everything you do during the day can affect your sleep in one way or another.
The trick is figuring out which actions and activities help you get the sleep you need - and which ones make it harder for you to get the rest you want.
The powerful combination of sleep data and a Sleep Journal makes it easy to discover the connections between what happens during your days and how you sleep at night.
On top of that, one night of sleep is fairly different from the next. As a result, it is important to gather enough data on your sleep that you can begin to see patterns emerging. ZQ, for instance, can vary somewhat from night to night. Collecting several nights of sleep data and tracking your daily activities in the online Sleep Journal allows you to use myZeo sleep data tools to discover the patterns in your sleep.
Wondering how sleep data and a journal can help you unlock the black box of your sleep? Consider the following two examples – and think about any connections between your daily activities and your sleep that you would like to test out.
The 4PM Cup of Coffee
Are you someone who believes that you aren’t particularly affected by caffeine?
Can you fall asleep quickly regardless of whether you have that afternoon coffee or not?
Try tracking your caffeine consumption in your Sleep Journal for a week or two. Comparing your sleep on the nights you had caffeine against those you did not, you might discover that your Time to Z is pretty consistent – just as you suspected.
Looking further, however, you might see that the amount of restorative Deep sleep you got actually dropped on the nights you had coffee – and your ZQ right along with it.
The Morning Exercise Routine
Ever wonder how your exercise routine can affect your sleep? You can use your Sleep Journal to distinguish between the days you ran and the days you lifted weights.
After several nights of sleep data for the nights following each type of workout, you could begin to see a pattern. On the days you went for a run, you notice that you fell asleep ten minutes faster – on average – than on the days you lifted weights. Not only that, but you can see an increase in your ZQ and restorative Deep and REM sleep on the nights after you went running.
Everyone’s sleep is different, and it’s important to collect several nights of data to begin to see patterns in your sleep.
Nonetheless, keeping track of the things you do during the day and using your sleep data to compare groups of nights can be an exciting window into your sleep. Unlock your sleep in powerful new ways with this exciting combination!