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Here at HBFIT we know how, as women, getting a good night’s sleep can seem daunting. I know I don’t always look forward to bed because I know it won’t always come easy. And a few nights of interrupted sleep can start an endless cycle of being tired and stressed and not being able to get that much-needed rest.

Recently I started an investigation into my sleep troubles. In order to diagnose the issue, I knew I had to get more information on what a night’s sleep looked like for me. That’s where the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor came in. Curious to find out more? We partnered with Beautyrest to get to the root of the problem. Read on to find out what I did to learn more about my sleep routine and how you can change yours!

What is the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor?

First of all, let me say, you don’t need a special fancy mattress to track to your sleep, which is a big reason I wanted to try the monitor. The Beautyrest Sleeptracker is a monitor that uses highly accurate sensors, a power processor, and a personalized sleep coach to track and help improve your sleep to ensure more productive tomorrows.

Also, you don’t have to wear anything. I totally get the wrist-worn tracker phenomenon, but anything you have to wear just isn’t for me.

How does it work?

You connect it to your bed, placing the sensor system under your mattress and the processor under your bed. It actually can monitor two people (which in my current singledom ain’t an issue, but I do know how tough it can be to sleep with a partner!).

The sensor tracks your respiration, heart rate, body movement, any interruptions, and takes note of your light sleep, deep sleep, and REM cycles.

What did I learn?

I tracked my sleep for 7 nights to get started and what I found was that I kept waking up at the same time, around 2 am every morning. Even though I would try to fall back asleep and thought I was, it turns out my REM cycle was actually completely interrupted and I was only falling back into a light sleep cycle. I would stay in the light sleep cycle until I woke up for good, usually around 6 am.

How did it change things?

After learning that my issue isn’t insomnia, but rather falling back asleep, I tried a couple different things. A big one was getting my phone out of my bedroom. I know I know, everyone and their mother tells you that you shouldn’t sleep with your cellphone, but I’m attached to mine (and you’re lying if you say you aren’t) and it’s usually the last thing I see before I close my eyes and the first thing I check when I open them. SO for a week after my initial test run, I left my phone in my living room. Yes, it was painful, but you know what my Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor told me? It works. Instead of waking up around 2 am and spending 20 minutes squinting and scrolling on Instagram I just closed my eyes. I fell asleep faster and sounder according to my sensor the next morning.

I also tried aromatherapy, specifically a diffuser. Before bed I would set it up, adding the water and oil so that when I would wake up I could just turn it on. I noticed the smell was relaxing, as was the subtle sound.

What now?

I still use my Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor and my relationship with it has only deepened. For example, it helps me track my sleep when I’m getting my period or PMSing, or when I have a big thing going on at work, which allows me to adjust my habits or bed time accordingly in the future. It has really let me get to the root of my sleep problems, which vary for everyone. While I’m still working on stress and anxiety keeping me up, I have figured out what is keeping me up and what makes it better or worse, thanks to the Beautyrest Sleeptracker monitor.