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How well does a commercially available wearable device measure sleep in young athletes?
journal contributionposted on 2018-09-13, 00:00 authored by Charli SargentCharli Sargent, Antonio LastellaAntonio Lastella, Georgia RomynGeorgia Romyn, N Versey, Dean MillerDean Miller, Gregory RoachGregory Roach
The validity of a commercially available wearable device for measuring total sleep time was examined in a sample of well-trained young athletes during night-time sleep periods and daytime naps. Participants wore a FitBit HR Charge on their non-dominant wrist and had electrodes attached to their face and scalp to enable polysomnographic recordings of sleep in the laboratory. The FitBit automatically detected 24/30 night-time sleep periods but only 6/20 daytime naps. Compared with polysomnography, the FitBit overestimated total sleep time by an average of 52 ± 152 min for night-time sleep periods, and by 4 ± 8 min for daytime naps. It is important for athletes and practitioners to be aware of the limitations of wearable devices that automatically detect sleep duration. © 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.