I’ve never been a “good sleeper.” My mom never lets me forget that I stopped napping entirely at 18 months old, and, throughout my childhood well into my adult years, I would always lay in bed for at least an hour every single night before falling asleep.
As it turns out, trouble falling asleep is a symptom of ADHD, which I was diagnosed with just a few years ago. While the correlation between sleep and ADHD helped me feel a little more normal about my inability to fall asleep at night, it didn’t solve the problem. When I asked my practitioner about it, she responded with a question that actually made sense to me: Are you going to bed when you’re tired? My answer was simply, No. I’m going to bed at the time I’m supposed to go to bed.
Recognizing that I needed to wait until I was tired to get in bed was a simple but life changing breakthrough. Once I started listening to my body, it would usually take me half the time to fall asleep, and sometimes even less!
Life changed again last year when I got a Kindle and rediscovered my love of reading. Honestly, I’m busy with my family and my home for most waking hours. Throw in keeping this website up and there’s little time to actually pick up a book, relax and read. So my routine became:
- Spend the day caring for my kids and my home
- Spend the evening feeding my family and bonding with my husband
- Work on BabySavers when time allowed
- Go to bed when I was tired
- Read for at least an hour
- Fall asleep way too late because I was reading
I’ve always known that my lack of sleep was an issue, but I never cared enough to track it or take action on it. Then I received a Jawbone Up to use as a Verizon Midwest Influencer. The Jawbone Up is widely known as an activity tracker for keeping track of exercise and fitness. I’m not good at exercise, but I thought it would be fun to see how many steps I take each day, so I’ve been wearing my Jawbone Up for a few months now.
I love how I can just take the Jawbone Up off my wrist and plug it into the headphone jack of my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and sync all the data via the UP Android app. Then I can see summaries and analyze details of everything on the UP app on my phone.
I was actually pleasantly surprised to see that I’m averaging nearly 8000 steps a day. It’s not the recommended 10k steps, but it’s higher than I expected, which means it wouldn’t take much to actually achieve that goal.
I was, however, horrified at my lack of sleep the Jawbone Up sleep tracking features displayed. For example:
I’ve always known I didn’t get enough sleep, but I guess I didn’t ever want to do the math and figure out exactly how little sleep I was getting.
I have to say, seeing graphs and results like these for multiple days over several weeks was exactly what I needed to make some adjustments to my sleep habits. I might not need nine or ten hours of sleep each night, but everyone knows that five hours of sleep just isn’t enough!
The biggest change I’ve made is not waiting until I’m tired to get in bed. Then, I allow myself to read until I’m tired before putting my Kindle down and attempting to fall asleep. This isn’t always easy, because it’s hard to get in bed when I feel like I could get one or two more things done before sleep. But the adjustment is working! I woke up, synced my Jawbone Up with my phone and was met with this message:
One thing that throws me off about the Jawbone Up sleep tracking is that I have to press the button on the end of the wristband to signal that I’m going to sleep. I don’t always remember to do that, resulting in charts that look like this:
Even worse, it messes with my averages. I can delete the days I forget via that little garbage can icon, but I ultimately wish that the Jawbone Up sleep tracking feature would somehow automatically sense my sleep so it wasn’t my responsibility.
Overall, though, I think the Jawbone Up is causing me to make a very healthy and important lifestyle change that I would otherwise continue to ignore. I’m so very thankful I had the opportunity to review this product!
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.
teresa mccluskey says
I really need this! I have the worst of time trying to sleep!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I have heard such good things about the Jawbone. I actually think I am going to ask for one for Mother’s Day!!
I need one of these! Looking into getting one now!
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
I am dying to try one of these tracking devices. I have too many activities that this mindless tracking would be awesome!
I could really use this, I am not a great sleeper. Although I suppose I could stop watching TV till after midnight!
Dawn Lopez says
Oh now that is cool! And.. you seriously need more sleep! What an amazing tool, I think my hubby really needs this. He has so much trouble sleeping and really needs to find solutions!
This is so interesting! I would love be able to analyze my own sleeping habits. I go to sleep way to late every night because I am trying to get things done. Then I wake up at 6 am as a walking zombie!
i don’t get enough sleep either. it’s hard to, we’ve had strep going round and round our house for 7 weeks lately, so i’m only able to work at night when kids are in bed. and i have a house to run still.
Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says
I have something similar and I never remember to track my sleep. Or you know, tell it I’m sleeping.
Isabella Grey says
I am the worst sleeper, so I feel your pain! I wish it was automatic though, because I would never remember to hit the button!
That’s cool it keeps track of sleep too. I have used a Fitbit before, but like these new bracelet designs better!
I love that technology can track this sort of thing. So cool
Amber K says
I’m at the point where I’d love to know why I’m not sleeping. I’m up and down all night; this looks like a great tool for tracking.
This looks like a great gadget. I’ll have to look into getting one.
I’m really impressed with all those days of 8+ hours of sleep. I rarely have trouble falling asleep once I put down my book at night, but I do have a hard time getting in to bed as early as I should. It’s definitely a goal to work on!
Liz Mays says
I wish I could use that but I wear wrist braces for CTS at night, so it would hurt to have this on my wrists under those. I’m bummed. I’m curious how I sleep!
Pauline Cabrera says
Getting enough sleep is very important! I know this because I have seen many people under-perform in school & work just because of lack of sleep. I heard about Jawbone before but didn’t give enough attention to it. However, after reading your post, I would surely love to try this one. 🙂
This is very interesting. I’d be curious to track the amount of sleep I actually get, and I bet my husband would be too.
I would love to try this one! I think as bloggers we as a whole don’t get enough sleep
This is on my WISH LIST for sure. I’ve been wanting one for a while. It seems awesome!
This is so neat! I would love to get one and try it!
Tiffany Cruz says
I tend to knock out around 9:30 pm every night, which doesn’t leave much quality time for me and my husband. But I would love to try this. I’d love to find out if I’m getting enough sleep or if I need to get to bed even earlier, which would mean getting the kids to bed earlier.
My Hubs has a FitBit that he loves. I think he’s looking to get me one for Mother’s Day – I’ll have to tell him about this one!
Christina S says
I’d be really scared to see what my graphs look like. With a 5 month old a toddler, my sleep is so sporadic 🙁
Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest says
I knew the Jawbone was usable as an exercise device, I didn’t know that it was a lifestyle device as well. How cool is that?
Zoe B says
Anything that helps you sleep better is worth a try! Sleep is so, so important to function properly.
Stefani Tolson says
I have a hard time sleeping well each night too. Maybe I should look into getting one of these.