Sleep trackers might do more harm than good

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DENVER -- According to the national sleep foundation, sleep is essential for a person's health and well-being.

The problem is when we can't sleep.

A report published by researchers at Rush University Medical Center found people are losing sleep over tracking their sleep.

The research showed sleep trackers are causing people to lose sleep over the fear of losing sleep.

Kelly Baron, Assistant professor of Behavioral Sciences and Clinical Psychologist at Rush University Medical Center, says no one can control their sleep - not even with a sleep tracker.

"For some people for monitoring they can always take it one step too far whether it's with steps or calories or sleep some people the tracking themselves makes them take it a little too far a little overboard," she said.

She says paying attention to your health generally is a good thing.

However, Baron claims technology itself is not going to change your behavior.

Doctors say you should monitor how you feel.

If you feel tired, you should add more time in bed
Being fixated on a number won't help you in the long run because sleep can't be perfect every single day.

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