As I've gotten into my late 50s and now early 60s, I find that I need less sleep at night. Instead of 8 hours, I find 6 is plenty and often get 5 hours. The nice thing about being retired is that I can take a nap when I want to (most times).
But I'm starting to have some sleep issues and I don't know yet if it's just a random passing thing or something serious. Last night as I was sleeping, I must have moved rather violently. I sleep with an APAP machine so I have a mask strapped to my face. I recall waking as the APAP machine fell to the floor. I sensed that I had somehow gotten tangled in the hose and yanked it. This is the third time in 2 months I've done that. I have very seldom gotten tangled in the hose before. This time and in the last two times I pulled the machine off my night stand, I believe I was thrashing enough to yank it off.
I did ask the wife if she had noticed anything during the last two times but she is such a sound sleeper that she missed it. I have to admit that I sometimes envy how she can sleep thru anything while I seem to wake for a variety of reasons.
I just picked up a FitBit Alta HR. It's the first time I've owned a FitBit. I'm trying very hard not to join the "Pound of the Month Club" and hope this will remind me to keep moving and exercising. It does have a Sleep Quality tracker built in. That tracker actually shows when I woke up a couple times last night. I suspect one of those times was when I yanked the APAP machine. I recall picking it up off of the floor, putting it back on the night stand, and then falling back asleep.
This FitBit is pretty nice. I was thinking of getting an Apple Watch but this Alta HR is better suited for constant tracking heart rate and sleep patterns. Kind of funny that I hate wearing jewelry like rings but have no issues with wearing watches or watch like devices on my wrist. In Iraq and while hiking/camping, I will wear a watch on one wrist and a compass on the other. I like being able to take a quick reading on direction. It's synced to my iPhone so it's tracking my steps too. I went out for a 2 mile walk yesterday and when the rain stops today, I want to go for another walk.
Funny how when I was still in the Army marching in the rain was not an issue but I despise it now. It's one thing when you have no choice and have to do it; it's another when you can look out the window and decide to do it later.