Orthosomnia: The Dark Side Of Sleep Trackers And Data Obsession

By Klaudia Balogh, June 14, 2023

Alex Dimitriu, MD, a dual board-certified psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist, told Healthnews about a study where participants were told to wear a sleep tracking device, which randomly told them how they slept, irrespective of actual sleep quality. “The fascinating finding was that people who were told they slept poorly, felt worse, and were sleepy by day, be careful what data you accept as truth. Even in a sleep lab, with EEG monitoring, it can be hard to perfectly track sleep, so all other home or consumer devices are not any better.”

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