What sleep trackers can’t do

About 5 years ago fitness trackers exploded on to the market and as of late have begun to lose steam despite the technology continually evolving. Sleep tracking has been the crown jewel feature in the past two years and is a big draw for consumers who are in the market for a device. Despite the attractiveness of tracking sleep the same problem that has caused the market to decline overall is the same for this in that tracking is still quite rudimentary.

Currently sleep trackers can just perform “accounting” functions; how many hours of sleep you had, how restful you were, how wakeful you were, if you slept deep or light, etc. This doesn’t give you any suggestions on how to improve your sleep except for very generic recommendations such as go to bed early, don’t go to bed on an empty stomach, keep the lights low, etc. If you happen to be the cerebral type and track your sleep data over the course of a few weeks you could potentially spot some trends and get a framework for optimizing sleep but for most people that’s a high concept low reality situation. On top of that a lot of these devices and the interactions with the phone can cause disturbances in sleep in itself. So what’s the solution?

The powerdown protocol. As mentioned before sleep trackers don’t help much in the way of improving your sleep  they’re better off utilized as an analysis tool. A sleep tracker is like having the ingredients but not the recipe. The powerdown protocol will give you the recipe. Getting back to basics and biology the comprehensive assessment will help paint a picture and indicate from what angle your sleep may be suffering from and for some it may be or even seem obvious but even then it’s still a question of what do you do. For example you may be a parent working full time with two young children who behave like they got released from the zoo at 9 p.m. After the arguments over eating vegetables at dinner, wrestling in the bathtub and reading a bed time story are all accounted for you’re more than likely thinking about a glass of wine and some mindless television not hitting the sack. You’re not going to be able to create a perfect environment and your expectations have to be realistic. What we can do with the powerdown protocol is to give you the best return possible on restoring you and keeping you healthy by identifying the primary driver in your sleep dysfunction and/or the highest priority in what you need from your sleep and work in the spaces in between to make tweaks and optimize the process. You’re not going to get that from your sleep tracker but we can put it to use if you have one because as mentioned before it’s a great accounting tool. It’s just not enough; sleep trackers give you the ingredients but The Powerdown Protocol is the recipe, take it now!