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The New Fitbit Ionic – Focuses on Sleep Quality

By Matthew Mingrone, MD on August 29, 2017

The New Fitbit Ionic – Focuses on Sleep Quality

Recently, the new Fitbit Ionic became available for pre-order. Curiously, I watched the introduction video to see how it is different from its predecessors. While I was watching, I said to myself cool, it’s water-resistant, longer battery, GPS (getting bored) then this: An SpO2 sensor?!? Whoa, could this new Fitbit be enough to assess for sleep disorders like sleep apnea? My mind started thinking about the possibilities. Here is what I came up with:

  • @ Home Sleep Study VS.
  • Pro: Accuracy
  • Con: works great for one nights worth of study information
  • Pro: Cost… paid for by insurance
  • Fitbit Ionic Watch
  • Pro: multi-functional
  • Con: Good for many nights, with questionable accuracy
  • Pro: good for more than just sleep

I went back and forth weighing the two for quite some time, and overall wondered can Fitbit really determine sleep quality with oxygen monitoring alone? I love Fitbit, so I will stop the Fitbit shaming . What I love about their approach is that they are helping the public to understand the HUGE difference between sleep quality vs. quantity.

Even if you get 8 hours of sleep every night, the quality of sleep is what matters the most. Constantly tossing and turning in bed or waking up frequently throughout the night can really affect how rested you feel during the day. Sleep, and more importantly quality sleep, is crucial in allowing your body to rejuvenate and renew. Quality sleep is absolutely vital for healthy brain function, emotional well-being, and physical health. Continuous sleep deficiency and lack of extended sleep quality can actually increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, and stroke.

Assess the quality of your sleep by answering these questions:

Do you wake up feeling tired?

Do you take naps when you have an opportunity to nap?

Do you doze off in the car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic?WatchPat Sleep Device

Do you have frequent unexpected arousals from sleep?

Do you suffer from excessive daytime fatigue?

Do you stop breathing at night or wake up choking and gasping for air?

Do you snore at night?

If you answered, “yes” to 3 or more of these questions than you might be suffering from chronic sleep deprivation. This is where the quantity and quality of sleep begin to differ immensely. If your symptoms continue, you might even be suffering from sleep apnea. Don’t wait for the new Fitbit iconic to come out, go see a specialist, like myself, to further assess for sleep disorders and take the first step to getting the quality of sleep you deserve.

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