Sleeping is good but wearing your Apple Watch while sleeping is even better. In fact, it’s important to take advantage of this gadget entirely.
According to the CDC, there are 50 to 70 million US adults that suffer from some or other sleep disorder. People experiencing sleep insufficiency are more likely to suffer from other chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
Does the Apple Watch track my sleep?
The short answer is No. Although your watch might not have a built-in sleep tracker feature due to several factors such as battery consumptions, someone else have developed them.
In this article, we will focus on some of the best applications that are available to you for tracking your sleep patterns.
Sleep++ is the most commonly used app for Apple Watch owners. The application leverage the existence accelerometer in your watch to register deep sleep, light sleep, restlessness, and wakefulness.
When you wake up in the morning, the app provides you with instant feedback. One great feature of this app is that it allows you to synchronize your sleep data with the health app and other HealthKit apps.
The Night detail screen in the new version 2.0 now provides easy to read explanations of the quality of each night, telling you when you slept well and when you were restless. With the major focus on Apple on HealthKit, this app is sure to become one of the favorite apps for Apple Watch users.
AutoSleep provides two unique ways of tracking your sleep when you’re wearing your Apple Watch and when you’re not wearing it. If you do decide to wear your Apple Watch to bed, it will automatically track your sleep and its quality. When the morning comes, a notification will be sent to you when you unlock your iPhone.
This app also can track your sleep without you wearing your Apple Watch. Isn’t that unique? However, identifying your sleep’s quality is now out of the equation. AutoSleep can only track how long you slept.
Once you download AutoSleep from the App Store, it will guide you through the setup process (Setup Wizard). Just provide some basic info about yourself, and you’re set. No button or actions needed. This app will automatically track your sleep as soon as you go to bed or put your Apple Watch on the charger.
This App has also been a favorite app for many that use it to monitor their heartbeats and workouts. What is less known is that the App also supports features that help in tracking sleep patterns.
At $2.99, this app has a lot to offer. If you ever want to analyze how your heart was doing while you were sleeping, this app comes in handy. You can add a new sleep section to the day summary.
As long as you enable HealthKit in Sleep++, it will automatically appear in HeartWatch.
This app works with watchOS 2.1 and higher. With Apple Watch’s gorgeous screen, view your sleep from your watch right when you wake and sync with your iPhone for a detailed analysis.
Using the watch complications see your sleep progress and use the glance to view last night’s sleep at any time from your wrist. Sleep Pulse 2 Motion uses Health and Motion to save and track your sleep durations while you’re in bed and sleeping times as well as read your heart rates and steps.
Health and Motion must be enabled for the app’s use. Although the app is not as popular, at $3.99 and with a rating 4+, it is worth a try.
Beddit is a free sleep tracker app for the Apple Watch. Just like AutoSleep, you’re not required to have your watch on when you go to sleep.
Just place it on your bed sheet, and the app will “accurately” track your sleep pattern. With the comprehensive analysis and charts, you will be able to learn more about your sleep habits, how to improve it and adjust your routine to improve the result.
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Why isn’t sleep tracking available as a native feature?
Good question, while there is no exact answer or confirmation from Apple, we can only guess…
There are so many important things they can take care of in a short period. That being said, building APIs, reliable hardware, and robust sensors that developer can start building their apps based on that. Not to mention, battery life isn’t that great at this moment either, not even on the Series 2. Until then, Apple still needs to put in some work on improving their software update and hardware before we see this as a native feature.
If you strongly think that sleep tracking is an essential Apple Watch app and should be implemented as a core feature, feel free to submit it as a suggestion to Apple.
What if I don’t have an Apple Watch?
We hear ya!
Even though there are tons of great alternatives to the Apple Watch, we haven’t seen much that can measure your heart rate and track your sleeping habits, except for Amazfit.
This product was recently introduced to us by a reader. Amazfit is a smart watch that helps you stay on top of your overall healthy life.
It will automatically monitor heart rate, sleep quality, how much you walk on a daily basis, and how much calories you consumed. The best part about Amzfit? This gadget can survive 20 days without a single battery charge.
Amazfit is now available on Amazon for just $69.99.