Can you give some background on who you are?  

I’m a full-time mom of four kids. When I have time to myself, I like shopping, cooking or just enjoying a quiet cup of coffee! There’s not lots of time for other things because my kids keep me busy all day.

How did you become a user of SleepScore?

I discovered SleepScore through a friend. I was interested in finding out more because I was looking for a way to get more sleep.

What have you learned about improving your overall health through this process?

My days are better when my sleep is better. Without enough rest, I’m not as good at being a mom and getting things done. With SleepScore’s gentle reminders to prepare for bed and tips for sleeping better, it absolutely improves my next day.

What is your take on technology being introduced as a solution for everyday issues?

Technology is definitely improving the way people live. I’m always looking for an app that can help with different aspects of my life. Apps in general make things less complicated and put the power of self-improvement into my hands.

How has technology revolutionized the way you track and better your sleep schedule?

SleepScore’s given me insight to what kind of sleep I actually get. I know what kind of day I’m going to have based on my SleepScore!

What is your favorite feature with this technology?

I love the Sleep Guide filled with advice, as well as seeing the breakdown of my sleep quality. I know exactly when I was in deep sleep, and how often I woke up. Being able to go through and understand what I experienced during my sleep is really helpful.

Tips and tricks for other potential users?

Spend time going through the app’s tabs. Watch the videos on show to set up the phone. And take the time to set up your profile, because once you’ve provided all your information, the app does a great job of delivering an accurate read of your sleep, and presenting ways to improve it.

From a workout regimen prescribed through your smartwatch to gadgets that count everything from steps to calories, technology has become an integral part of personal fitness. Health and fitness expert Jillian Michaels says that’s a good thing.

“Technology provides access to expert instruction affordably, gives people access to detailed health and fitness info so they can make educated choices that yield powerful results and functions as a source of motivation that allows people to set goals and track progress.”

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For Michaels, technology is just another tool she can utilize to help people get healthier. “I’ll take advantage of any tool I can use to help people get healthy in an easily accessible and affordable way, and technology allows me to literally train millions of people around the world.”

Everyday people are taking advantage, too. According to mobile analytics firm Flurry, health and fitness app usage in the United States grew by 330 percent between 2014 and 2017. However, not all fitness technology is created equal, and Michaels says it’s important to put quality and safety first, whether you use Nike Training Club, Lose It!, Michaels’ own My Fitness or some other product.

“Like everything in life, there are true experts and then there are snake oil salesmen. Consumers should look at the source of the information behind the technology, because credibility is key.”

She says a good way to gauge whether or not your chosen technology is working as it should is to simply compare real-life results with your device’s output. “If it doesn’t add up, consider getting a different device or app.”

The future is bright

From shirt sensors that track your heart rate to cameras that can predict injuries before they occur, there’s no shortage of fitness-related innovation on the horizon. Michaels says possibilities — like virtual training with your favorite fitness personality, linking up with friends online to work out at home and live streaming your favorite workouts — are truly limitless. “In truth, I am sure there are amazing things in the pipeline we can’t imagine yet, but I can’t wait to find out.”