While most people look to their Fitbits to count their everyday steps (10,000 steps being the standard goal set), I look to it to count something else—my sleep. It’s no secret that getting at 8 hours of sleep, ideally, is one of the most important parts of my beauty routine, second only to cleansing. This is because when I lack sleep, my skin gets dehydrated and puffy eye bags appear from the loss of recovery time at night.
With the sleep-tracking feature of the Fitbit, I can get a full report of my sleep every morning: number of hours asleep, bedtime, wakeup time, and sleep quality. The tracker also helped me set a daily bedtime (weekends excluded) with an added notification 30 minutes before to remind me to start winding down for the night. This nifty function has saved me from going past my bedtime and regretting it the next day.
Another feature that I love about the Fitbit the hydration tracker that makes it easy to record my water intake with a quick add option of 250ml, 500ml or 750ml on the app. I really make it a point to drink at least 8 glasses a day to keep my skin and body healthy but when I’m busy or moving around different places, it’s hard to make a conscious effort to fulfill my daily allotment. Having the app just makes it convenient to record my intake with just a few taps on my screen.
While I use the Fitbit to primarily track my sleep and water intake—not my steps (since I can only clock in 5,000 on an average a day), there are some tech features of the band that I find also useful in my day-to-day life. These include the text and call notification buzzes that I receive when my phone is nearby (but not on me) or inside my bag and the calorie burn count to remind me not to overeat. Although the idea of the band was a little novel to me in the beginning, I find myself constantly referring to it to monitor how my body is doing everyday.