Brits love tracking daily lives – from sleep cycles and even sex, study says

Brits love tracking their day to day lives – keeping tabs on everything from our sleep to sex, a study reveals.

A poll of 2,000 adults found 68% collect data on their health and wellbeing habits on a daily basis.

While 51% keep a log of how many steps they take a day, 30% do so with their heart rate and more than a quarter also track their sleep.

Distance they've covered, calories they've burned and getting a better night's sleep were all things Brits aim for when they're monitoring themselves.

Were they able to, respondents would also like to track their body temperature, a breakdown of what they've achieved and also the time they've spent in the sun.

As the nation eases out of lockdown, monitoring habits have become even more apparent with over a third (34%) of Brits admitting they are now more health conscious than before.

A quarter (25%) say they have started to track new traits they hadn't monitored previously.

The research, conducted by Huawei to launch its Watch 3 that offers a suite of continuous health monitoring, found 67% track areas of their lives to motivate themselves.

More than a third said they'd never exercise if it wasn't for their tracker giving them a boost – while nearly 57% even like to set new goals and compete against themselves and others.

It also emerged that of those who use technology to track their general health, 69% have noticed a positive improvement in their own mental wellbeing.

Keeping track of progress was seen as important to eight in 10.

Top 20 habits Brits track

  1. Steps
  2. Weather
  3. Finances
  4. Distance travelled
  5. GPS location
  6. Heart rate
  7. Calories burned
  8. Sleep
  9. Screen time
  10. Running
  11. Health in general
  12. Social media usage
  13. Nutrition
  14. Menstrual cycle
  15. Water consumed
  16. Stress
  17. Oxygen in blood
  18. Swimming
  19. Sex
  20. Baby sleep times

We're a nation that desires updated technology for tracking with 55% using a smart watch or phone to track their habits, and only one in eight are 'old school' and use a notepad.

Brits keep track of their progress on apps and tech on average four days a week, with four in 10 claiming they couldn't imagine a life without technology as a result.

More than half also said buying a new piece of tech gives them a boost to put it to work and keep a better eye on themselves with things such as heart rate or calories burned.

And 56% believe they're healthier in all aspects of their life due to having more insight at their fingertips.

Anson Zhang of Huawei, which commissioned the research via OnePoll ahead of the launch of their new Huawei Watch 3 launch, said: "The research has certainly shown that tracking a variety of aspects of your life has become commonplace for many.

"To a degree, people are relying on such information to make life judgements and better their health, which can only be a good thing.

"Our latest smartwatch has been created with technology that can provide many people with more of an insight into their lives than ever before.

"It enables users to monitor things like heartrate, continuous SPO2 (oxygen in blood) tracking, and even skin temperature."

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