Thursday, September 22, 2011

My first day (and night) using the Fitbit (Quantified Self) tracker

Yesterday, I used the Fitbit tracker to track my daily activity. I started wearing it after I got to Baltimore and it recorded 1500 steps from 6 pm to 11 pm. I got my Fitbit at the e-Patient Connections 2011 thanks to the fact that Klick Pharma handed these out to all the attendees.

I also used the Fitbit when I was sleeping and I found that I had 84% sleep efficiency (based on my level of movement/activity during sleep). The Fitbit recorded 23 times awakened during my sleep. This is my first time using the Fitbit during my sleep, so I'll have to see if this trend continues. Furthermore, I don't have any scientific data regarding the accuracy, reliability, and relevance of this type of sleep information that is collected by an accelerometer-based device worn on the wrist. Maybe I need to get a sleep study and compare those findings with the data I'm collecting using the Fitbit. Next week, I hope to use the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach to see how I'm sleeping.

I'm wearing the Fitbit today while I attend the AMA Task Force conference (22nd Annual Conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration). How many steps will I walk today?

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