Normal people spend around one-third of their time sleeping every day, but why do people need sleep? Although there is still a lot of unknowns about the purpose of sleep, the quality of sleep directly affects our health and we actually need sleep to survive, just like water and food. When we are sleeping, we are conserving the energy in our body to reduce our caloric need by spending part of our time functioning at a lower metabolism. According to PubMed Central, eight hours of sleep could save 35 per cent of energy over complete wakefulness. In that case, our diet is easier to control if we have sufficient sleep and avoid taking in too many calories. Another is the brain plasticity theory, which states that sleep allows our bodies to reorganise our neurons and nerve cells. Our brain’s glymphatic system clears out the waste in our central nervous system to remove the toxins that were created during the day. This is why we feel refreshed after a good night’s sleep and our mental health tends to be better with good quality sleep.
However, due to the fast-paced environment we deal with every day, the quality and duration of sleep might not be optimal. For example, if you work shifts, your sleep schedule may not be the same every day and you may find it difficult to fall asleep as your body can’t adapt. Secondly, most people don’t have the equipment to assess the quality of their sleep, so there is no way to know if there is a potential problem. Since today is World Sleep Day, it is a good time for us to understand the importance of sleep and what tools are available for us to improve it, resulting in better physical and mental health.
Understand and identify your sleep problems
Sleep monitoring is a lot easier than ever before. In the movies, we often see doctors attach various sensors to a patient to monitor sleep quality, but with advancements in technology you only need to wear a tiny smartwatch. Huawei smart wearable products, represented by HUAWEI WATCH GT 3, can use the advancement of wearable technology to monitor sleep status more conveniently, assist users to further understand their own sleep status, identify problems, and seek help from professional medical institutions promptly.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 is equipped with HUAWEI TruSleep™ 2.0 sleep monitoring technology. This technology has been researched, developed, and optimised for four years, and is currently the industry's leading technology based on infrared light to monitor sleep.
When it comes to sleep quality, it is important to start with the processes involved in sleep. The normal sleep process consists of two distinct periods: “Rapid Eye Movement” (REM) and “Non-Rapid Eye Movement” (NREM). The non-REM sleep period is itself divided up into three stages, known as N1, N2, and N3. The first and second stages of non-REM sleep are considered “light sleep”, while stage three is known as “deep sleep”. REM sleep is often referred to as “dreaming sleep”, as it is during this phase that we tend to experience dreams. Each of these phases (light sleep, deep sleep and dreaming sleep) has a different role to play, all of which are indispensable.
HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 can perform sleep stage monitoring, real-time heart rate monitoring and assessment of sleep quality without disturbing the user's sleep. It can also automatically detect the user's duration of sleep and present the comprehensive sleep structure of sleep and naps (including light sleep, deep sleep, REM and awake); accurately identify six typical sleep problems including difficulty falling asleep, light sleep, easy awakening at night, early awakening, multiple dreams, irregular sleeping habit; and provide hundreds of suggestions and personalised services to improve user’s sleep quality scientifically.
One practical concern about sleep monitoring is that many smartwatches require charging every day, as their battery life only lasts for a day or two, and the most convenient time to charge it is at night. However, if we can’t wear the smartwatch every night, the data could be less accurate, and the sleep pattern may not be completed. HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm supports 14-day battery life in smart mode, while HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm offers 7-day long battery life in smart typical usage, allowing you to enjoy accurate sleep monitoring.
Improve sleep and relieve stress with HUAWEI WATCH GT 3
Once you obtain the information about your sleep quality, the next step is to improve it. The easiest way to improve sleep quality is by working out. It requires almost no equipment and can be flexible according to your interests or strength.
The most popular workout globally would be running, and HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 introduced a new feature which is called AI Running Coach, it specialised in providing training plans for all levels of runner. After completing the training every week, you can view your own training results, including Running Ability Index (RAI), VO2 max and other indicators on the HUAWEI Health App to help you better understand your progress. At the same time, combined with the implementation of a user's training plan, feedback on physical fitness conditions, and changes in running power, the training plan is regularly updated.
Aside from running, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 comes with 100+ workout modes including 18 professional workout modes, 12 outdoor workouts and 6 indoor workouts. So, no matter which workout you are interested in, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 is here to accompany you.
This year’s World Sleep Day is the perfect opportunity to pay more attention to the activity that you will spend one-third of your life doing. If you are currently encountering sleep problems, you may consider purchasing a HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 to help you identify your problem or maybe improve your quality of sleep through working out. For more information and benefits about the smartwatch, please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/ph/wearables/watch-gt3/.