August 24, 2018
Understanding if your sleep tracker is clinical grade
Nearly 100 million Americans have some sort of sleep disorder, be it insomnia, restless legs syndrome, or sleep apnea. In recent years, the fitness tracker industry took note of the increased attention on sleep and added basic sleep-related insights to their offerings. One study showed that 1 in 5 fitness trackers are purchased primarily for sleep tracking. Yet a nagging question remains with many of these consumer products: what is the veracity of their claims, and what clinical standards—if any—have they been held up against? There should be a clear way to differentiate clinical grade products from basic consumer gadgets that are not held to the same high standards.