Category: "Better Health"

Quantifying Yourself...

Quantifying Yourself...

You've probably heard about the "Quantified Self" concept. In a nutshell you track everything that's measurable about you and you try to use it to your advantage.

I've started quantifying myself like this a couple of years ago... Here's a quick recap of what I've tried so far and quick thoughts and what I deem useful or not in hindsight.

1. Weight : I started with a Withings scale which automatically records my weight and body fat/lean mass every day. Just looking at the graph gives me awareness of my slacking or of my progress towards my goals and actually makes it easier to stick to my self imposed nutrition plan.

2. Sleep : The second area I tackled was sleep tracking with a device called Zeo which straps onto your forehead and records your brainwaves during the night. The company went bankrupt and the device is actually bothersome to strap on every night. But during the time I used it it gave me some great insights on my sleep patterns and definitely convinced me I should stick to my 9 hours of sleep per night and not try to shave off a cycle in a hopeless chase for more productive time :p

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