I must Runfess……I am addicted to my………….

You know what time it is!!!??!!! Time to get those dirty little runfessions off your chest!  Make sure you link up with Marcia and tell her Speedy MB said Hi, will ya?  So, I must runfess, I am addicted to my Fitbit Blaze.  I mean it is like an obsession.  There has been a couple of updates lately and the sleep information has me mesmerized!  Mesmerized!  Let me show you what I am addicted/talking about.


Everyone has a magic sleep number, do you know what yours is?  Mine is typically 7 hours.  Did you know that your sleep pattern is broken into 4 stages of sleep?  During the night, you progress through a series of sleep stages from light sleep to deep sleep, back to light sleep and into REM sleep. Then, the cycle repeats.  From the Fitbit website:

LIGHT SLEEP

Light sleep serves as the entry point into sleep each night as your body unwinds and slows down. This stage typically begins within minutes of falling asleep. During the early part of light sleep, you may drift between being awake and asleep. You may be somewhat alert and can be easily awoken. Breathing and heart rate typically decrease slightly during this stage.

Light sleep promotes mental and physical recovery.

DEEP SLEEP

Deep sleep typically occurs in the first few hours of sleep. When you wake up feeling refreshed in the morning, you’re likely to have experienced solid periods of deep sleep during the previous night. During deep sleep, it becomes harder to be awakened since your body becomes less responsive to outside stimuli. Breathing becomes slower and muscles relax while heart rate usually becomes more regular. Adults may see a normal decrease in deep sleep as we get older, though sleep patterns vary among people.

Deep sleep promotes physical recovery and aspects of memory and learning. This stage has also been shown to support your immune system.

REM SLEEP

The first phase of REM sleep typically occurs after you’ve had an initial stage of deep sleep. You generally stay in REM sleep for a longer period of time during sleep cycles occurring in the second half of the night. During this final stage of sleep, your brain becomes more active. Dreams mainly occur during REM sleep, and your eyes move quickly in different directions. Heart rate increases and breathing becomes more irregular. In principle, muscles below the neck are inactive to avoid acting out dreams.

REM sleep has been shown to play an important role in mood regulation, learning, and memory as your brain processes and consolidates information from the previous day so that it can be stored in your long-term memory.

I will share an example with you.  I am telling you I am addicted!  Maybe I need to go back to work or something but I look at this every morning first thing while I am drinking coffee.  I don’t just lay in bed and hang out, nope, Fitbit knows I am awake!  Cool thing, you can hit the benchmark tab and it will show you the benchmarks for other women in your age group!  Competitive sleeping!  Who is in?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? Addicted? Do you pay attention to how much sleep you get? Do you want to be my Fitbit friend?  

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53 Responses so far.

  1. I think my magic sleep number is 10-12 hours! I love to sleep. I don’t track my sleep though. I wonder how the fitbit would read my nightly sweatsoaked wake ups?
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    • MB says:

      You see how many minutes I am awake! On with the sheets, off with the sheets, on with the sheets- I hear my hubby saying mental pause in his sleep! LOL!

  2. Darlene says:

    When I had a Fitbit was addicted too. I used to stress about how little sleep I got.

    Now with my Apple Watch, I don’t track my sleep. I try to get 7 hours but I wake up often through the night. I am a rotten sleeper but always have been.
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  3. Kimberly G says:

    I love my fitness tracker too! I think that it gives us so much useful information, especially around sleep!
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  4. I would say my magic sleep number is more like 7.5 lately I have been so much more tired. The hubs and I have battles at night bc I want to go to bed earlier and he wants to watch tv
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  5. Marcia says:

    I can’t remember now which tracker I had that tracked my sleep. Whatever it was I don’t have it anymore. Let’s just say I wasn’t as great a sleeper as I thought I was. ha! 7-7.5 is my magic number!
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  6. When I wore a FitBit I was always interested in how much sleep I got. Did you know it’s National Sleep Awareness Week?
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  7. All I know is I can function on 4-5 hours of sleep…and I also know that a few more hours would probably do me good 😉
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  8. This is actually one piece of date I don’t pay attention to. I figure I. Either tired or I’m not. My body will let me know if I need more sleep! …lol

  9. Coco says:

    You have me pulling out my Fitbit app. Aside from not getting enough sleep (usually just shy of 6 hours) my % seem on target with the benchmarks.
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  10. I’m addicted to my pillow. His name is Squishy, and I can’t sleep without him haha.
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  11. Rachel says:

    I admit, that’s pretty cool. I think my Garmin does sleep tracking but I honestly don’t want to wear it to sleep. I try to sleep as unencumbered as possible!
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  12. I had a Garmin Vivofit I wore at night that said I was a light sleeper. I definitely agree! I kept losing the vivofit and haven’t tried the Fitbit Blaze. My mom has one and is having trouble syncing it. Glad you are enjoying yours!

  13. My Garmin shows how well I sleep but I stopped wearing it to bed. Its a watch so kind of annoying to sleep with. I noticed I had most light sleep too when I was wearing it.
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  14. I used to pay attention to my sleep when I had a fit bit and then a polar watch but slowly stopped. I found I got so focused on the numbers and I needed a break from it. I almost think I sleep better without tracking it!
    Anna @ Pipers Run recently posted…April RunfessionsMy Profile

  15. I like to look at my Vivofit sleep info every morning – however it doesn’t track REM sleep. Does Fitbit determine you’re in REM using HR? Also I was wondering if Fitbit tells you the optimal % of deep sleep you need. I’m obsessed with data!
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  16. Debbie says:

    I was almost afraid to look at my Fitbit sleep data after reading this. With good reason, apparently I average about six hours of not so great sleep per night.
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    • MB says:

      Oh, go ahead and look- you never know! I am surprised how much time I have to spend in bed to get 7 hours of sleep! Love the info!

  17. Ana says:

    Put me down for the competitive sleeping! My magic number is 9… but sometimes I think that I would be way more productive at work, if I could wake up whenever my body was ready, instead of the 6:00 am time I have now.
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    • MB says:

      LOL! There you go- you are in the competitive sleeping challenge :-)! It is nice when you can just sleep until you wake up with no alarm!

  18. All I know is that I don’t get enough sleep, lol. I have no idea what my magic number is.
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  19. Tamieka says:

    Neato!

    I have the 1st edition gear fit and it has a sleep option too. I am not addicted but I can see the fascination for sure !

    So is there a number of min/hrs we should be I each phase of sleep?
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  20. I specifically purchased a Fitbit to track my sleep so I totally get it! I am so bad about going to bed late and I love getting up early. I was typically getting about five hours sleep per night, but since getting my first Fitbit I have been working harder at getting more sleep and now I regularly get six to almost seven hours per night!
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    • MB says:

      See it is working! I like it! It is amazing too to see how many minutes you have to spend in bed to get 7 or 8 hours! I love all the info 🙂

  21. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says:

    I love to sleep, but I never get enough! In fact, that is a goal for May, to get to bed earlier and try to get 7-8 hours a night of sleep 🙂

  22. The sleep data looks really interesting! I have the FitBit Alta which unfortunately doesn’t provide as much information as far as I can tell! I always think I need to get more sleep….I try to aim for 7 hours but I’m an early riser!
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    • MB says:

      7 is a good number for me too- I feel more alert! Sometimes you get more info when you look at your dashboard on line.

  23. Fascinating! I feel like if I had one it would tell me I fail at sleep! lol!
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  24. I love all of the sleep data that I get from my Garmin. Sleep is definitely something I need to work on for general quality of life and also for recovery from training.
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  25. jill conyers says:

    I love the idea of trackers but I never use the data or track for very long. I’m probably one of very few in the country that doesn’t wear a fitbit.

    Fun runfession!
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  26. I know right!?! When I updated and saw all that I was like wow! Very interesting. I only got like 5 hours of sleep the night before my race. When I work up and looked at the app it told me I should try to get more sleep. Ha! Love it!
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    • MB says:

      It is interesting right? Then it links to my resting HR and my speed that morning………it goes on and on! 🙂

  27. Toni says:

    All these updates have all
    My Fitbit friends obsessed with sleep.
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