Sleep deprived? Bring about a change this Sleep Day

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Ahead of World Sleep Day, Fitbit reveals that Indians are some of the poorest sleepers in the world, clocking in an average of 6.55 hours a night. The sleep statistics, based on aggregated and anonymous Fitbit data from January to December 2016, also revealed that Asians get less sleep on average than their American and European counterparts. Of the 18 countries covered by the data, people in New Zealand, Australia and the UK get the most sleep on average per night.
Along with diet and exercise, good sleep plays a critical role in health and overall wellbeing, from protecting against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to boosting neurocognitive functions, mental health and longevity, according to the Institute of Medicine, (US) Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research.
Meanwhile, a recent study Need for Sleep, found that Indian teens who had insufficient sleep did worse cognitively than teens on the recommended amount of sleep of their age group.In order to provide users with deeper insights on their sleep, Fitbit is introducing two dynamic sleep tools that will be launched later this month, Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights, providing information on sleep quality and advice on how to improve sleep patterns. Sleep Stages, which was developed with a panel of sleep experts over the last two years, utilises heart rate variability to estimate the amount of time spent in light, deep and REM sleep, as well as time awake each night, to better understand sleep quality. Sleep Insights, which is based on Fitbit data gained from over 3 billion nights of logged sleep, provides personalised guidance on how to improve sleep for better overall health.
The recently launched Fitbit Alta HR™ features these sleep tracking features, providing actionable insights and guidance in the Fitbit app so that users can make more informed decisions about health and stay motivated to reach their wellness goals.