University of Oulu

Elina Kuosmanen, Aku Visuri, Saba Kheirinejad, Niels van Berkel, Heli Koskimäki, Denzil Ferreira, and Simo Hosio. 2022. How Does Sleep Tracking Influence Your Life? Experiences from a Longitudinal Field Study with a Wearable Ring. Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 6, MHCI, Article 185 (September 2022), 19 pages.

How does sleep tracking influence your life? : experiences from a longitudinal field study with a wearable ring

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Author: Kuosmanen, Elina1; Visuri, Aku1; Kheirinejad, Saba1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
3Oura Health, Oulu, Finland
4Faculty of ITEE, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-04-03


A new generation of wearable devices now enable end-users to keep track of their sleep patterns. This paper reports on a longitudinal study of 82 participants who used a state-of-the-art sleep tracking ring for an average of 65 days. We conducted interviews and questionnaires to understand changes to their lifestyle, their perceptions of the tracked information and sleep, and the overall experience of using an unobtrusive sleep tracking device. Our results indicate that such a device is suitable for long-term sleep tracking and helpful in identifying detrimental lifestyle elements that hinder sleep quality. However, tracking one’s sleep can also introduce stress or physical discomfort, potentially leading to adverse outcomes. We discuss these findings in light of related work and highlight the near-term research directions that the rapid commoditisation of sleep tracking technology enables.

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Series: Proceedings of the ACM on human-computer interaction
ISSN: 2573-0142
ISSN-E: 2573-0142
ISSN-L: 2573-0142
Volume: 6
Issue: MHCI
Pages: 185:1 - 185:19
Article number: 185
DOI: 10.1145/3546720
Host publication: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Conference: Mobile Human-Computer Interaction
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research is connected to the GenZ strategic profiling project at the University of Oulu, supported by the Academy of Finland (project number 318930), and CRITICAL (Academy of FinlandStrategic Research, 335729). Part of the work was also carried out with the support of BiocenterOulu, spearhead project ICON.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318930
Detailed Information: 318930 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
335729 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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