Since dialing in my diet, and finding what works and what doesn’t in a pretty large magnitude, I’ve been trying to take care of the other essentials of health: sleep and movement. This could be considered a tool that falls within the quantified self movement, and while I’m not ready to go as far as Kamal Patel over at PainDatabase (though I love reading his material, I just know right now I’d drop the ball in terms of follow-through), this is a good start at being able to quantify your habits in order to enact change. Working two jobs, I often spend a lot of time in front of a computer during the day, or up too late working. It’s not always a perfect life, but I’m trying to be more aware of the time I spend idle, and the times when I don’t get enough sleep.
Since purchasing the Jawbone UP, I’ve been able to track how late I stay up and whether or not it has any tangible affect on my sleep quality or my overall mood over the next few days. The UP is a really cool product that has a bit of a tarnished history because of it’s first generation attempt about a year and a half ago. It had a great debut as a wearable fitness band, well before the Nike FuelBand, but the resulting product reliability took things downhill.