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Sleep is essential to health and mood. Expert Eti Ben Simon shares tips for better slumber – and it all starts with you tracking your rest.

Scientists are still learning more about why we sleep, but they know that a good night’s sleep can boost your mood and improve overall health.

We’ve got some pro tips for better rest in our conversation with sleep expert Dr. Eti Ben Simon below. But first, an important principle to know: Getting better sleep starts with understanding how much and how well you’ve slept.

That’s where Sleep Sensing on Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) comes in. From your bedside table, Nest Hub (2nd gen) helps track your sleep and detects breathing disturbances such as coughs and snores, as well as the light and temperature in the room.1

Each morning you’ll wake up with:

  • A sleep summary with a schedule screen showing your bedtime/wake time consistency.

  • A duration screen highlighting total sleep and time spent in each sleep stage.

  • A quality screen displaying the cycling of sleep stages and relationship to snoring, noise, temperature, and light in your room.

  • A respiratory wellness report on the amount of snoring and coughing in the room, as well as breaths per minute.1

After getting to know your patterns, Nest Hub will give you personalized, science-based suggestions to help improve your rest.2 And to help you get to sleep, Nest Hub can play white noise or meditation content from Calm. 

You have other options for tracking your sleep, too: Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro’s Digital Wellbeing app can help you understand what affects your sleep, like coughing and snoring during the night or time spent on your phone at bedtime.2 (Pro tip: Your bed is not the place for doomscrolling.)

Or wear the Google Pixel Watch 2 or Fitbit Charge 6 to bed to get a Sleep Score each morning and see your sleep trends.3 The sensor on the back of the watch will monitor your heart rate and motion to determine how long you spent in each of the essential stages of sleep and how many times you woke up.3 Use the insights to understand your sleep quality and build healthy habits – better rest will help you feel more energized and improve your overall wellbeing.3

Dr. Eti Ben Simon, Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley Trackers can help you be your own scientist, in a sense, helping you figure out areas where you might be able to optimize your sleep.

The pros say that good sleep can elevate your mood, help you think clearly, and even lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Eti Ben Simon, a research scientist at the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, studies why we sleep and what happens to our bodies when we don’t get enough. We spoke with Dr. Ben Simon about the importance of sleep and how tracking it can help you get better rest.

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Q&A: Why do we need good sleep?

Well, that’s the million-dollar question. We don’t know of any species that don’t sleep, but we do know that it is essential to life. Every system in the body that we’ve studied is affected by lack of sleep. Everything from your mood and your ability to process new information, to your insulin levels and risk of cardiovascular disease changes if you don’t get enough sleep. Good sleep is something you should embrace as part of a healthy lifestyle.

What are the qualities of a good night’s sleep?

Three of the most relevant dimensions of good sleep are duration, quality, and timing. The amount of time you need to sleep varies by individual and age, and the National Sleep Foundation recognizes that for midlife adults, six to ten hours may be appropriate. Most professional organizations recommend allowing at least seven hours to get the sleep you need on a regular basis.

Then there’s quality. When you’re in bed, are you actually sleeping or are you tossing and turning? How many times do you wake up? Good sleep is when you wake up refreshed and have spent most of your time in bed asleep. 

Finally, a healthy sleep pattern isn’t just about how much quality sleep you get, but also when and how consistently you get it. Making sure to set aside enough time each day to get the sleep you need on a regular basis is key to strengthening your sleep drives, so they can help you achieve optimal sleep and wake function every day.

Does your environment affect your sleep?

Yes, as well as your state of mind – it all affects your sleep. Stress is a strong enemy of sleep, as is a lack of routine. Stress puts your body into “fight or flight” mode, but good sleep requires you to be in “rest or digest” mode. For the hour before bed, try to do things that relax you, like a guided meditation or reading. When it comes to physical factors, you want to keep your bedroom dark and cool, or whatever is most comfortable for you.

How can sleep trackers help you control these environmental factors?

If you have the ability to monitor the temperature, you should do that. Trackers can help you be your own scientist, in a sense, helping figure out areas where you might be able to optimize your sleep. Once you know the cause, you can work on fixing it – maybe your blanket is too hot, or maybe you should cool your room before you go to sleep. 

What should you do if you can’t sleep?

If you find yourself awake for 20 or 30 minutes and you feel like it’s just not happening, leave the bed and go to a different room that’s quiet and dark, and do something relaxing. Try anything that helps you calm down, like meditation, reading, or writing.

And if you’re not sure whether your sleep is in line with Dr. Ben Simon’s tips, use a Nest Hub (2nd gen), Pixel Watch 2, or Fitbit Charge 6 tracker to learn more about how you may be able to make improvements. 

See how Sleep Sensing works on Nest Hub (2nd gen) from Google

Takeaways
From your bedside table, Nest Hub (2nd gen) helps track your sleep and detects breathing disturbances such as coughs and snoresThe Google Pixel Watch uses Fitbit’s tracking technology to keep tabs on your sleep stages and figure out the best time to roll out of bed1Both devices provide insights like time asleep and the number of times you’ve woken up – so you can understand how to improve your sleep hygiene2,3
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  1. Enjoy a preview of Sleep Sensing at no extra cost through 2023. In 2024, Google plans to integrate Sleep Sensing into Fitbit Premium (currently $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, subject to change and may vary by country). Learn more at g.co/sleepsensing/preview. Features are subject to your permissions and settings. They use motion, sound, and other device and sensor data to work and require placing the device close to the bed and calibrating the device for your sleeping position. Google Assistant, Google Fit app and other Google apps may be required for full functionality. Device placement and nearby people, pets, or noises can cause inaccurate readings.

  2. Sleep Sensing is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, prevent or treat any disease or condition. Consult your healthcare professional for questions about your health. Device placement and nearby people, pets, or noises can cause inaccurate readings.

  3. Some features may require Fitbit account, mobile app and Fitbit Premium membership. Not intended for medical purposes. Consult your healthcare professional for questions about your health.