I was given an accountability band (i.e., a Fitbit Charge HR) and I have been diligently tracking my steps, my calories in/calories out, and activity. So far so good. However, this Fitbit tracks my sleep as well. This is a very good tool for me because insomnia was something I was struggling with and I am able to see when I am restless or when I wake up. I’m noticing I am not sleeping as soundly as I was when I was put back on meds and I have some questions for my doctor at my next visit. But this is not about that. Here’s what I woke to this morning:
I use the silent alarm on the Fitbit to wake me. When it went off this morning I tapped the side to stop it, but tapped a tad to hard and found it had 8 steps recorded. 8 steps? I hadn’t been out of bed yet. Thinking I misread it, I got out of bed and went into the bathroom (about 6 steps). The Fitbit read 14 steps. Huh.
The Fitbit records steps, I believe, per day, which would be midnight to midnight. I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. The sleep log shows me asleep at 10:44 p.m. I have no recollection of getting out of bed at all. I do remember waking up. I spoke to my husband once and another time I remember thinking I could use the bathroom, but I didn’t get up. If I had used the bathroom, the Fitbit would have (should have) recorded more than 8 steps. It’s 6 steps to the sink in the bathroom and another 3-4 to the toilet – then back. I decided to pass it off as a glitch in the Fitbit.
I begin to get ready for work. I find that I have a dark painful bruise on my right thigh…side of my thigh. I have no idea how that happened. There are, of course, many reasons I could bruise my leg. I could have hit it on my desk at work, banged it in the kitchen getting dinner ready or many other ways, but I don’t remember hitting it.
So I am left with DID I get up and walk 8 steps last night? Where would I go? 8 steps could get me to the bathroom but not back. Maybe I got up and started around the bed and turned back, banged my leg on the corner of the footboard, but why would I do that. Nothing is there except the TV, but it was not on. Again, my Fitbit tracks me as asleep from 10:44p.m. until well after midnight.
I sense a need for a video camera but fear some sort of “Paranormal Activity” style video. 😳😳
*Fitbit update: my husband does remember that I did get out of bed. He thinks I may have walked into the TV stand (hence the bruise) and that woke him. He said I turned around and went back to bed. I’m not a sleepwalker…this is creepy.*