TrialX’s Sleep Tracking and Self Management App gets published in SLEEP, the Journal of Sleep and Sleep disorders research.

10 Sep

TrialX’s Sleep Tracking and Self Management App gets published in SLEEP, the Journal of Sleep and Sleep disorders research.

by Priya Menon

Sleepfect tracker, a researchkit based cross platform app, was created to help users keep track of their sleep patterns and behavior and thereby improve sleep health. The app also explored the feasibility and acceptability of a sleep tracking app for sleep self management.  

We submitted an abstract on Sleepfect Tracker app and feasibility of app use for self tracking sleep, with Dr. Azizi Seixas, Assistant Professor  from the New York University Grossman School of Medicine to the SLEEP 2020 meeting which was subsequently accepted. Due to Covid-19, the conference was conducted virtually and the abstract has since been published in the 34th Annual Meeting of the Associated Sleep Societies’ Abstract Book.

Sleepfect Tracker app was developed using Appbakery, our DIY app making platform using ResearchKit for iOS and ResearchDroid for Android users. Users answered an onboarding survey and provided permission for the app to access their step counts data and total sleep from Apple’s HealthKit or Android step count sensors or Fitbit (wearable). Users could track their sleep behavior through filling in a daily sleep diary, weekly survey on sleep patterns and a monthly survey on sleep environment.

Sleepfect App Tracker Data

Total downloads395
Unique users answering the surveys163
Sleep data points collected6429
Step data points collected 2882

Sleep Environment / Sleep Behavior Data 

Worked / studied in bed11.1%
Having pets in bed27%
Reading prior to sleeping39.7%
Watched TV in bed  prior to sleeping40.3%
Drank alcohol prior to sleeping11.3%
Smoked before going to bed / when awake at night9.8%
Ate snack at bedtime8.1%
Ate when awake at night 6.5%
Used electronic devices in their bedroom74.3%

Average Sleep Duration of users based on use of electronic devices in bedroom

Average sleep durationUsed electronic devices in their bedroom (74.3%)Did not use electronic devices in their bedroom (25.7%)
4 – 6 hrs29.8%30.1%
6 – 8 hrs52.1%31.8%
8 – 10 hrsNA32.45%

Average Sleep Duration of users based on use of electronic devices in bedroom

Sleepfect app tracker demonstrated that users could track their sleep and sleep behavior using the app. Participants could make lifestyle changes to improve their sleep patterns and behavior based on the insights that their self reported data revealed. 

Nearly 72% of Americans report owning a smartphone and about 20% download health apps on their phones. This provides an excellent opportunity to reach individuals at risk of poor lifestyle factors and support health behavior changes via mobile app interventions. Over the past 10-15 years scientific data has linked bad sleep to serious medical disorders including hypertension/cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mood disorders, overall mortality and even obesity.

App can be downloaded here: iOS , Android

Priya Menon
Priya Menon
priya@trialx.com

Priya is Scientific Media Editor at Applied Informatics/TrialX. She hosts and manages CureTalks, an internet radio talk show on healthcare which brings together experts and people on the same platform engaging in ‘Discussions for Solutions’. She holds masters in Microbiology, degrees in Patent Law, Media Law, and certifications in Writing in Sciences from Stanford University, Content and Marketing from Hubspot Academy and HR Management from IIM Bangalore, India. She has extensive writing experience with a focus on cancer research, nutrition, and alternative therapies and presents a varied view on healthcare and associated domains. She is also a guest columnist at The Week.

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