For patients who are sleep deprived, the best way for them to discover why is through participating in a polysomnography — or sleep study.
Hospitals and sleep center studies measure:
These studies offer a baseline measure of their current sleep patterns and habits.
Patients can also track their own daily sleep habits using sleep tracking apps and smart devices. When tracked over several weeks, sleep and other health data can reveal what is disrupting a patient’s sleep patterns.
Your patients can manually track their sleep in the Well World app under the Body section in the app.
Under the Sleep option, patients can track the number of hours they slept, number of times they woke up, the quality of sleep and time they went to bed.
In your Well World practitioner portal, you can click on your patient’s name and see the sleep statistics they tracked.
If your patients use wearable or smart devices to track their sleep, you can also have them sync their data with Well World.
The Well World platform can sync with any device that works with Apple health, Google Fit and FitBit.
For tracking more in-depth sleep numbers, your patients can also use devices such as:
These can all track movement, heart rate and breathing rates.
Looking at your patient’s other health habits alongside their sleep patterns can give you more insight into why they are not sleeping well at night.
When you compare sleep data with other habits, you’ll likely find changes that your patients can make to improve their rest and wake up feeling more refreshed.
Good sleep allows a body to detoxify waste in the brain, repair cells and reduce inflammation and stress levels. When you can get patients to start tracking their sleep and teach them the importance of sleep hygiene, you can help them reach their health goals faster.