Whether you work 50+ hours a week, or you’re a busy parent, or an overworked college student, it’s likely that you value your shut-eye but could always use more quality sleep. Consider this statistic: 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. A sleep tracker has many benefits: from improved sleep to better health.

Using a sleep tracker is essential for the best daily tracking of your individual patterns to understand your lifestyle and sleep. Every individual is different as far as the amount of hours of sleep he or she needs a night; by personally tracking your own sleep patterns, the tracker will help you to determine the ideal number of hours you need each night. Another benefit: if you have serious sleep problems that require collecting data about your slumber habits, you can avoid spending the night in a sleep lab, hooked up to machines. While the data collected in this manner is highly detailed, the data collected by a sleep tracking app is also very accurate and allows the subject to sleep in the comfort of their own home. A specialist can then utilize the data collected by an app to help assess a patient’s sleep issues.

Yet another benefit of sleep tracking: programming yourself to wake up at the right time. Most sleep trackers wake you up with a smart alarm during your lightest period of sleep and within a half hour of when you set your alarm. In time, you will begin waking up better rested and less groggy. This allows you to be more productive throughout the day.

It is a proven fact: we are more likely to change habits when we track them. Getting good quality sleep is an important part of your health regimen. The CDC has declared that poor sleep is a public health epidemic and that chronic sleep deprivation contributes to illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and depression.

If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, using a sleep tracker app may help you pinpoint the cause of your insomnia, but if your sleep problems continue, it’s best to seek the advice of a health professional. If you are experiencing chronic sleep problems, visit your closest CareWell; all locations are open extended hours and weekends.