TECH SAVVY: Sleep scientist and occupational therapist Bel du Bois from Darling Downs Wellness Therapies uses data from the Fitbit to help with clinical assessments.
TECH SAVVY: Sleep scientist and occupational therapist Bel du Bois from Darling Downs Wellness Therapies uses data from the Fitbit to help with clinical assessments. Elyse Wurm

Steps aren't the only thing the Fitbit Versa can track

A POOR sleep can not only place a bit of extra baggage under the eyes, it can affect mood, concentration and all aspects of a person's daily routine.

But technology is now allowing people to track their sleep, just like their daily steps, to see how much quality sleep they actually get each night.

Sleep scientist and occupational therapist Bel du Bois from Darling Downs Wellness Therapies said she used data from Fitbits in clinical situations.

The Fitbit detects movement and heart rate to assess sleep patterns.

"It's worthwhile because if it's consistent it can show the data of your quality of sleep and you can detect if the quality of sleep is poor there may be sleep apnoea lurking and other serious conditions,” she said.

Ideally, Ms du Bois would like to see stretches of deep sleep, which can be tracked through the Fitbit app, because it helped support cell regeneration and the immune system.

"It's quite surprising for people what happens during sleep, that our brain is quite active,” she said.

"It is a great tool for creating some self-awareness and insight into your own health.”

Ms du Bois said Fitbits were a good starting point for assessing sleep quality, because if any concerning patterns arose it provided visual representation that could be taken to a doctor.

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