If you have sleep apnea, you already feel very sleepy during the day.
To be at our best, we need a certain quantity of sleep every night.
If we don't get enough sleep, we tend to build up sleep debt. This leads to a tendency to feel drowsy during the day and to fall asleep more readily.
Two conditions are very important to get a good sleep:
A patient with sleep apnea has both conditions affected.
If you already receive a treatment for sleep apnea, you'll want to know if you fulfill these conditions. However, it's not so easy to discover how effective is your therapy.
You could judge how good you feel in the morning, or by checking the sleep data from your CPAP machine. However, sometimes you don't feel as rested as you should, so you'd like to know if your sleep is affected and how much is affected.
A sleep monitor can be very helpful to track your sleep. It will answer to these questions:
People with sleep apnea have one of the worst sleep-quality compared to any other type of patients. This happens because they don't get any rest from their sleep.
When you have sleep apnea, you'll wake up often during the night, without noticing, for taking a big breath of air. Then you'll fall asleep again, just to wake up after a couple of minutes taking another big breath.
When a patient with sleep apnea sleeps, he usually snores very lound and then stops breathing in sleep. That's why he will wake up to take those breaths, also called gasps of air.
These episodes of "stop breathing and gasping" don't allow the patient to enter the sleep stage where he can recover his body and mind. That's why people with sleep apnea have memory problems, dizziness and depression.
So, the quality of sleep is related to the sequence of sleep stages that the brain passes through during the night.
After you go to sleep, the activities of your brain and body settle into a fairly predictable pattern, with two types of sleep:
NREM sleep has 4 stages of sleep:
The most important stages of sleep are deep sleep (stages 3 and 4) and REM sleep.
Deep sleep is a time when the body repairs itself and builds up energy for the day ahead. It plays a major role in:
In order to wake up energized and refreshed, getting quality deep sleep is key. And a sleep monitor will show you where your sleep problems are.
The polysomnogram is the best sleep monitor that will analyze your sleep in detail.
However, the polysomnography study is expensive and uncomfortable for some of the patients. There are too many wires and sensors attached to your body.
The SleepTracker is a sleep monitor that can be worn as a watch. This watch "monitors your sleep stages throughout the night and then uses that data to determine the exact moment when you should be awoken helping you feel refreshed and energetic.
SLEEPTRACKER® also comes with the most comprehensive sleep software available allowing you to see how you slept, ways to improve your sleep, and your overall sleep score."
Here is a video explanation of SleepTracker:
"Sleep As Android" is a software that can transform your android phone or tablet in a sleep monitor.
This android application has the following purposes:
Here is a video demonstration about this sleep monitor:
A similar application with "Sleep as Android" is MotionX, which is dedicated for iPhone users.
The MotionX can:
Here is the video about MotionX:
The Renew SleepClock is the most advanced sleep monitor, in my opinion. Previously, Zeo was the best, but the company doesn't exist anymore.
You'll need an iPod, iPhone or iPad and a special hardware that works with your iOS device.
This video explains clearly everything you need to know about this cool sleep monitor: