Wearable Technology:  Sleep Tracking

SKILLBOOSTERS
As much as technology has helped us to measure our activity, it also allows us to measure our inactivity- in this case, sleep. A wide variety of sleep trackers have hit the market, with more being released all the time. Many are wearable trackers that you can strap to your wrist while others sit on your bedside table. What exactly is sleep tracking, good sleeping patterns, and how can we gain from tracking our sleep. Our subject matter experts will dissect what it is to use sleep trackers and leave you with skills that allow you understand the data better.   As a result, these Skillboosters  will enable you to understand the   purpose behind   these wearable technologies,  and measures to take when relying on your data .

Dr Dale   Rae

Dr Rae is a Senior Researcher at the Health through Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Sport Research Centre, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa and the Director of Sleep Science at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. She obtained a PhD from UCT in 2007 and has worked at UCT ever since.
She is particularly interested in how sleep is associated with health, disease and obesity, and the relationship between sleep, the body clock and physical performance. Dr Rae has established her own Sleep and Chronobiology research group at UCT, collaborates with local and international researchers, has attracted funding, graduated students and produced many peer-reviewed publications in this field.

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Philippa Forshaw

BSc (Med) Hons
Ms Forshaw is a consultant at Sleep Science and a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She graduated with a BSc (majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry) from UCT in 2018, completed her honours in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at UCT in 2019 and upgraded her MSc (in human physiology) to a PhD in 2022. Her research focuses on the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular health. 

Arron Correia

BSc (Med) Hons
Ms Correia is a consultant at Sleep Science and a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She graduated with a BSc (majoring in Genetics and Biochemistry) from UCT in 2018, completed her honours in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at UCT in 2019 and upgraded her MSc (in human physiology) to a PhD in 2022. Her research focuses on the relationship between sleep, mental health and the autonomic nervous system.