(NPR) — Sleep trackers have become increasingly popular — they come in the form of watches, wristbands, rings and even mattresses. If you're having a hard time falling asleep, your sleep tracker might be to blame.
A boom in technology promising to improve sleep has an ironic side effect: orthosomnia. Thanks to sleep trackers, people get so obsessed with perfect sleep that they are losing sleep over it.
Sleep trackers have become increasingly popular. They come in the form of watches, wristbands, rings and even mattresses.
The gadgets measure how you breathe, how fast your heart is beating, how much you're tossing and turning. They crunch that data to produce a sleep score, usually through a smartphone app.
But in an irony of our digital lifestyles, for some people, perfecting that sleep score becomes an end unto itself — so much so that they can lose sleep over it.