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Falling asleep interrupted

Saturday, May 18, 2019

I have a new toy (cough) tool in my life, kind of my mothers' day present to myself. It's a Ftibit Versa Lite. This new model doesn't do flights of stairs (the old Surge did), but it *does* do sleep stage tracking, using the built in heart rate monitor along with its motion sensors.

This morning when I went to look at my sleep patterns on the app, I found it had magically tracked not just minutes asleep, restless and awake, but their new software had estimated levels of sleep: light, deep, and REM! It does this based on heart rate changes during periods of sleep.

At first it only uploaded from when I really fell asleep at 10:08 p.m. to when I got up, but I expanded the analysis, because I know I had hit the sheets between 7 and 8, and been interrupted by an instant message from my son with the latest picture of little Carl with his new toy that he'd picked out himself at PetSmart.

The sleep pattern shows distinctly that I HAD been falling asleep, woke up, and tried to go back to sleep before giving up and coming downstairs to post the picture. So funny, these little devices.

Anyway, I'm a bit of a geek, so had to find out how they program this stuff... in case you're interested, here's the link to the sleep stages "help" page that explains how they do this: help.fitbit.com/articles

This is not as accurate as one of those sleep away studies with brain wave scans attached, mind you, but for those of us who like data and tracking, it's an estimate.

I did not buy it with this feature in mind, it was kind of a surprise. I mean, I knew it *had* the feature, but it wasn't a deal maker or breaker for me.

Now you've had your teaser of the weekend, let's all get out there and live the very best Saturday, May 18, 2019 we can manage, right where we are in the grand journey of life. Because we're worth it, and it's the only one we'll ever get! emoticon emoticon
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