We are always on a quest for a good night's sleep. Especially moms, since a recent study showed that moms with kids in the house never get enough z's. That makes some of us willing to try anything to get our seven or eight hours in.
That's why sleep trackers have turned into such a big business. Only 15 percent of Americans are using them--but another 50 percent have contemplated buying them. And why not--for about $100 these devices will track the hours you sleep vs. those you are awake, the type of sleep (deep, light, filled with dreams), even the calories you burn.
But it turns out they're actually doing the opposite, according to researchers at Rush University's medical center in Chicago. That's because these devices can actually put pressure on you to sleep better--causing anxiety that becomes the sure-fire way to sabotage z's.
Another problem is that these trackers aren't very accurate. So you may think you're snoozing badly when in fact you're not and you end up believing the inaccurate information instead of how you really feel.
All is not lost, though. Researchers did say these devices were a good way to gauge how much sleep you were getting a night. And then they suggest spending less time in bed trying to pursue it.