Get a Better Night’s Sleep with Mio SLICE

Mio Global, Mio Staff

For roughly eight hours a night, every night, our minds dream, our cells regenerate, and our bodies heal. It sounds machine-like, but sleeping is one of life’s necessities. While many of its specifics remain a mystery, scientists continue to build a strong case that sleep is one of the 3 pillars of good health, along with proper nutrition and regular exercise.

Below are 4 tips to help you fall into your slumber. But first, let’s look at how Mio SLICE tracks and analyzes sleep.

*You can see your sleep data by opening the PAI app on your mobile device.

HOW SLEEP IS TRACKED

SLICE uses a Sleep Detection Algorithm to analyze your movements and determine if you are asleep or awake. The algorithm analyzes your acceleration during the night (acceleration is defined as quick movement over a short period).

When the detection algorithm determines that you’re asleep, it’s the job of the Sleep Assessment Algorithm to report on how well you’re sleeping.

Your breathing and movement patterns are processed from accelerometer signals coming from sensors on the SLICE. This process determines your sleep quality. At the end of the night—after assessing your breathing patterns—a summary of your sleep quality is sent from SLICE to the PAI app.

If you are in”Deep Sleep”, dark blue bars show on the app; if you are in “Light Sleep”, blue bars show on the app.

WHAT IS DEEP SLEEP?

Deep Sleep is one of the most vital sleep stages, as your body repairs itself and builds up energy for the day. However, don’t be alarmed if you get a low proportion of Deep Sleep compared to Light Sleep. It’s typical for people to have 10-25% of their time in Deep Sleep for a given night.

You can get more Deep Sleep by avoiding alcohol, nicotine, and waking up by noise or light.

Check out this great piece by Arianna Huffington on the importance of reclaiming your sleep.

HOW DOES SLICE KNOW IF I’M AWAKE?

When you move around during sleep, the accelerometer counts this as restlessness and wakefulness. It uses a scale of 0 to 1 to determine which state you are in.

For example, tossing and turning is counted as semi active, or .5 on the scale, and considered “Awake” (light blue bars in image).

Getting out of bed and walking around, such as going to the bathroom, is counted as extremely active, or 1 on the scale, and considered awake.

No movement during sleep is counted as 0 on the scale, and listed as “Sleep” on the PAI app.

Your resting heart rate is calculated on the PAI app during each sleep, and as your fitness improves your resting heart rate will decrease.

If you don’t yet have Mio SLICE, check out its other features here which includes the new scientifically-validated PAI metric.

4 TIPS TO HELP YOU FALL ASLEEP

1. DEEP BREATHING

Long, deep breathing exercises influences your mood, as well as your thought process. Fall asleep faster by focusing on your breathing and trying to relax your muscles.

2. NO SCREENS

This one seems obvious, but that’s because it works. The light on your phone, tablet or computer screen keeps your brain alert and active. If possible, leave your social life behind by keeping your phone in another room when going to bed.

3. READ (ON PAPER)

This is the adverse effect of reading on a screen. Where there is no light to keep you awake, reading a book will tire your eyes and relax your mind.

4. MOVE AROUND

If after 20 minutes or so you still aren’t sleepy, get up and walk around the house, or do something other than lay in bed. This helps reset your routine, and when you’re ready to get back into bed, falling asleep will be much easier. (Remember, try to stay away from screens.)

For more information on how SLICE can motivate you to stay healthy, check out our post on the Most Popular Questions About Mio SLICE.


Categories: Diet, Nutrition & Health, Resting Heart Rate