Common sleep problems in older adults like excessive nighttime urination, pain & discomfort, sleep apnea, RLS or restless leg syndrome, RBD or REM sleep behavior disorder, and general insomnia decrease sleep quality and often lead to tossing and turning.
A quality sleep tracker is a great device to monitor the patterns, habits, and stages of quality sleep of you or a senior you love. I started monitoring my sleep when I got a new fitness watch. You may be surprised (like I was) by how much time you are actually awake each night.
The Best Sleep Trackers And Monitors For The Elderly
Here are my recommended sleep-tracking monitors for older adults based on ease of use and the data given. In the next section, you’ll learn what features of sleep trackers are important as we age if you are shopping for yourself.
The Vive Health Mach V Tracker Watch is a comprehensive activity and sleep tracker that monitors and records key elements of a senior’s health. It accurately measures steps, activity levels… and sleep patterns.
This is a great choice for seniors who want just basic sleep monitoring. It lets you know how much sleep you get during the night and even breaks it down into light and deep sleep times.
Perhaps more importantly, it records how much time you spend awake tossing and turning at night. All this sleep data is recorded in the accompanying app that is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
In addition to serving as a sleep monitor, it also records your pulse, blood oxygen levels, and even your blood pressure for cardiovascular health. All this data is stored in the app for identifying problems and patterns.
Finally, the watch will last seven days between charges and quickly recharges in only 2 hours. I like that it has a magnetic charger, so older adults don’t have to use a plug to charge it. Just set the watch on the charger, which grabs hold using magnets and begins charging.
The Mach V is water-resistant and can be worn in the shower, when washing your hands, etc. So, no reason to worry about misplacing it because you should only need to take it off for charging.
It comes in 2 colors and with a 60-day Satisfaction-Guarantee on this product so you can try it risk-free.
The Go2Sleep Tracker was developed for monitoring sleep apnea but also measures a wide array of sleep data, including oxygen levels, heart rate, and overall sleep patterns.
The data recorded can then be viewed on a mobile app, tablet, and even Windows and Apple computers. Because it’s stored in the “cloud”, you can even view the data remotely.
Not every senior is going to want to wear an athletic-looking watch. So, this device is a silicone ring that helps sync with your mobile phone to provide the necessary information – even in near real-time.
You should sync the ring with your phone before bed, and the unit will monitor ten different health metrics while you sleep. Of course, with this style of device, it will need to be manually put on at bedtime to work properly.
The SleepOn Go2Sleep tracker provides the most data from any sleep monitors provided here. The company also provides a 30-day window to use the device and decide if it’s for you.
Here’s a quick video that shows you a little more about how to use it:
This quality, non-wearable sleep tracking device for seniors is placed between the mattress and the box springs and provides lots of information about your sleep quality. It can even record data for two people in the same bed.
Using what I can only determine is magic, it monitors heart rate, breathing rate, REM sleep, and all stages of sleep activity. Like most of these products, this activity is synced to an app on a mobile phone.
This device works with any kind or brand of mattress – it doesn’t have to be a Beautyrest. The tracker is Alexa-enabled so that you can even integrate it into your smart home. The device also has an alarm to wake you up at the optimal time.
The intuitive app collects precise readings to translate them into personalized sleep data. The unit can track the sleep patterns of two sleepers independently. The powerful processor continuously learns sleep patterns and delivers the most up-to-date information for effective sleep coaching.
The Akasma Fitness Tracker is one of the best sleep trackers for seniors and older adults. It has numerous features, including a heart rate monitor, activity tracker, and a watch.
This sleep tracker is designed to be worn around the wrist and is lightweight and comfortable. You can set the alarm to monitor your waking times, and SMS and call notifications are shown on display.
The watch face can be easily plugged into a USB port. But you have to buy the plug separately. The device tracks your awake, deep sleep, light sleep, and REM sleep so that you can better understand the sleep quality and duration.
The YAMAY Sleep Tracker is another high-quality sleep monitor and tracker for seniors. It helps track the heart rate, sleep patterns, calorie tracking, sedentary reminders, and more.
The unit is IP68 waterproof, so you can get the unit wet without worrying about malfunctioning. It is protected in water 1.5 meters deep for half an hour.
The unit includes a 14-mode activity tracker that helps track your all-day steps, calorie consumption, distance traveled, and heart rate and supports extra seven sports modes. The tracker will track your sleep patterns and monitor the quality of your sleep.
The Polar M430 is another high-quality sleep-tracking device for seniors. It provides valuable sleep and fitness insight to determine the quality and duration of your sleep. The watch-style device easily fits on your wrist and continuously monitors the heart rate while a built-in accelerometer will detect motion to determine when the wearer has fallen asleep.
The unit helps analyze your sleep habits, duration, and quality to help optimize your sleep experience. It also shows sleep interruptions and describes how continuous your sleep was. The tracker will help you get a more complete look at your overall performance. The Polar M430 comes in small, medium, and large sizes with a 2-year warranty.
What Does A Sleep Tracker Do?
A sleep tracker or monitor is a device that monitors and records the sleeping quality, patterns, habits, and stages of sleep. The sleep tracker will look at some of the physical signals of sleep, including respiration and heart rate, which are closely linked to sleep stages.
Tracking the respiration of an older adult while he/she sleeps will also help detect potential breathing issues like sleep apnea and snoring. A quality sleep tracker will detect any sleep issues in your sleep and take appropriate steps to improve the quality of sleep.
How Do Sleep Trackers Work?
Most sleep monitors have a movement-detecting device called an accelerometer built into the unit. It will assess how much a person moves while sleeping to analyze sleep quality and duration.
Some trackers have a microphone to detect noises like snoring, while others may contain a thermometer to show how the room temperature affects a person’s sleep.
Wearable vs. Non-Wearable Sleep Monitors
There are wearable and non-wearable sleep monitors. While wearable and non-wearable trackers collect similar data, they may do it using different methods.
A wearable tracker will touch the sleeper’s skin and directly monitor the person’s heart rate, respiration, and movement. These are usually part of an overall fitness tracker watch that seniors can wear on their wrists.
On the other hand, a non-wearable device will rest on or under the mattress to monitor vibrations and gather data. These devices use an algorithm to process sleep data and display the data in an app to help the user access such data.
Features To Look For In A Sleep Tracker
Sleep trackers come in different types with different features. The best sleep tracker for your senior will depend on his/her personal preferences, needs, and intended uses. With hundreds of sleep monitors on the market today, choosing the best product may not be easy.
Here are some factors to consider when you are shopping for the best sleep monitor for a senior or elderly person:
A reliable sleep monitor will capture a lot of important data, including the heart rate, respiration rate, time awake, snoring, sleep interruptions, time sleeping, and the individual’s body temperature.
Some trackers can also monitor the room temperature while sleeping, noise level, light, and humidity in the room. You need to pay close attention to the product features of each product before selecting the best one that matches the needs of your senior.
Sleep analytics will use the data collected by the tracker to determine sleep quality and patterns. They provide detailed charts to show you how your older parent’s sleep has changed over time.
They will also show you how different factors are linked to sleeping patterns and provide a daily sleeping score. Generally, this information is presented on a mobile app or cloud-based web app.
Waking from deep sleep can be more difficult than waking from light sleep. The smart alarm will let you set the timings to let you wake up at certain times during the night.
The device will analyze the data to determine when your senior sleeps lightly and wake him/her at the right time.
You should consider the device’s battery life if you want to use the tracker for 24 hours for daily activity monitoring. But battery life might not be so important if you use the device to track sleep patterns.
Comfort is important if you plan to invest in a wearable sleep tracker for yourself or an aging parent. Consider the tracker size, so it fits right and isn’t uncomfortable on your senior.
I hope this article provided the information you needed on what to look for in a quality sleep tracker for a senior or elderly adult. Please let me know in the comments below if you have any further questions.