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Can fitness trackers tell you if you have a sleep disorder?

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Some fitness trackers do track sleep, but they're not accurate enough to diagnose sleep disorders. Still, they can give you an idea of how much sleep you get vs. how much you toss and turn. The built-in reporting can help you spot patterns.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Target Heart Rates."

Consumer Reports: "Activity Trackers Cover More Than Just Footsteps," "Pedometers Ratings."

Grace DeSimone, national director of group fitness, Plus One Health Management Inc., New York.

Jim White, health fitness specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; spokesman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; owner, Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, Virginia Beach, VA.

TechHive: "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Swimmers," "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Gym Members."

The Wirecutter: "The Best Fitness Tracker."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 16, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Target Heart Rates."

Consumer Reports: "Activity Trackers Cover More Than Just Footsteps," "Pedometers Ratings."

Grace DeSimone, national director of group fitness, Plus One Health Management Inc., New York.

Jim White, health fitness specialist, American College of Sports Medicine; spokesman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; owner, Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, Virginia Beach, VA.

TechHive: "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Swimmers," "How to Pick the Right Fitness Device for Gym Members."

The Wirecutter: "The Best Fitness Tracker."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 16, 2017

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