Why we sleep and why it is important

A very good book by Matthew Walker explains why we sleep and the benefits of sleeping well and long enough (at least 8 hours/day).

From the Conclusions:

Within the space of a mere hundred years, human beings have abandoned their biologically mandated need for adequate sleep—one that evolution spent 3,400,000 years perfecting in service of life-support functions. As a result, the decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our life expectancy, our safety, our productivity, and the education of our children.

This silent sleep loss epidemic is the greatest public health challenge we face in the twenty-first century in developed nations. If we wish to avoid the suffocating noose of sleep neglect, the premature death it inflicts, and the sickening health it invites, a radical shift in our personal, cultural, professional, and societal appreciation of sleep must occur.

I believe it is time for us to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep, without embarrassment or the damaging stigma of laziness. In doing so, we can be reunited with that most powerful elixir of wellness and vitality, dispensed through every conceivable biological pathway. Then we may remember what it feels like to be truly awake during the day, infused with the very deepest plenitude of being.

Twelve Tips for a Healthy Sleep

  1. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  2. Exercise is great, but not too late in the day
  3. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, before going to sleep
  4. Avoid alcoholic drinks before bed
  5. Avoid large meals and beverages late at night
  6. If possible, avoid medicines that delay or disrupt your sleep
  7. Don’t take naps after 3pm
  8. Relax before bed
  9. Take a hot bath before bed
  10. Dark bedroom. No TV, tablets, smartphones.
  11. Have the right sunlight exposure
  12. Don’t lie in bed awake

Improve your wellbeing and health, read this very good book Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker.

Selfloops habla Español

The entire website is now available in Spanish. For our growing community of Spanish speaking athletes and coaches around the World. Our smartphone applications are also available in Spanish.

If your browser is set to Spanish, you’ll automatically get the Spanish version of the website. You can always change the language settings in the website, in the user settings section.


Polar integration

We have added Polar in the list of services we integrate with. This means that activities performed using Polar devices or apps and uploaded on the Polar Flow website are automatically synchronized with the Selfloops website.

The Selfloops website is the platform where you can analyze all your activities, no matter what device or service you use. And we’ll continue to add more services.

Selfloops is already integrated with Strava, the Withings/Nokia scaleGarminGoldenCheetahPowerAgentSRM.
Stay tuned, more to come in 2018.

Tracking real-time data in a Peloton

The Selfloops Group applications can be used to track athletes’ real-time data while riding.

Real-time data can be used to provide immediate feedback to the athletes and monitor their form while performing.

A great tool for coaches and sport directors. Bike power, cadence and heart rate data are on the screen and tiles can be color coded according to their max heart rate date or FTP (Functional Threshold Power).

5 color-coded HR zones on your wrist

With the support of the Apple Watch in our Group Fitness Plus for Apple TV we are redefining the experience.

5 color-coded heart rate zones on your wrist and on the large screen, at the same time. A summary on the watch just after the session. Push notifications with your ranking in the class and more info.


Your activities are all uploaded in Selfloops, for an advanced analysis of your workouts.

And we also provide automatic synchronization with the Apple Activity app in your iPhone.