Yes, there’s a connection here.
I bought a Fitbit Flex a few weeks ago as an early birthday present for myself. I liked the idea of tracking steps as motivation to be more active and I loved, loved, loved the idea of tracking sleep.
I’ve never been a good sleeper, and once I had kids things any hope of decent sleep went out the window! I am a huge fan of safe cosleeping and the family bed. Cosleeping helped maximize my sleep when the kids were small. Not having to get out of bed to tend to them meant I would get more rest for work the next day. However as the children grew I was getting less sleep for work the next day – I’d wake up clinging for dear life to the edge of my king size bed as small people kicked me relentlessly in the ribcage.
I’m especially glad that my younger son coslept as long as he did, because his proximity helped me realize that he was suffering from sleep apnea. That’s a story for another day, but he’s past that, thankfully, and it’s definitely past time for him to sleep in his own bed.
I knew I wasn’t getting quality sleep, but to see it in black and white – well, blue and bright pink on my Fitbit dashboard – was really eye-opening. Some nights I would not get more than one hour at a time before tossing and turning restlessly.
I don’t regret a single moment of cosleeping. It was the best choice I could have made for our particular situation. I would do it again in a heartbeat, but everything has a season and my little guy is ready for this change.
Friday night Ian slept in his own bed for the first time ever – he was excited to try it although he woke at 12:30 and asked to come to my bed. Progress! Last night he was glad to cuddle up in his bed again, and this time he slept all night! I still woke earlier than I prefer (thanks, time change) but was happy to see a stretch of completely uninterrupted sleep on my log for the night.
I’ll continue to watch my sleep logs because I’m trying to figure out what habits lead to better sleep for me. I know that food and drinks before bed, TV vs. a book, and even the time you go to bed can affect your sleep for the night.
And yes, the Fitbit is encouraging me to be much more active. I try to find opportunities for more steps – I park far from the building, go talk to coworkers instead of IM, and any other small changes that will get me closer to my 10,000 steps for the day.