How to track your sleep with an Apple Watch using the built-in Sleep app or third-party apps

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When you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, it’s hard to be productive, balance your emotions, and stay healthy. We all know the importance of eating right and exercising, but sleep is just as key to promoting a healthy and happy life.

Just as you track your steps or count your calories, you should be keeping tabs on your sleep routine. Luckily, your Apple Watch can help you with that.

All new Apple Watches come with a built-in sleep tracking app, simply called “Sleep.” It can detect when you’re sleeping, track how you’re sleeping, and more.

However, if you’re looking for more detailed sleep analysis or features — some apps track your REM cycles, and some can even play music — you might want to look into a third-party app.

Here’s a comparison of the leading sleep-tracking apps currently available for the Apple Watch, including the built-in Sleep app.

The official Apple Watch Sleep app

Cost to download: Free and built-in

Paid membership: No

The built-in Sleep app was added in the watchOS 7 update, which is exclusive to the Apple Watch Series 3 and newer. If you have a compatible Watch but don’t have watchOS 7, be sure to update it.

Your Apple Watch has the ability to detect when you’re sleeping and for how long, based on micromovements that signal respiration during sleep.

The Sleep app can also detect periods of wake and sleep throughout the night — all put together in a handy little chart that tracks your sleep schedule over time. All your sleep data will also be automatically synced to your iPhone.

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You can use the Sleep app in conjunction with your Watch’s Wind Down, Sleep Mode, and Do Not Disturb features. This can help you develop a specialized routine before bed, which can include a customized watch face, bedtime reminders, screen dimming, and more.

Your Watch also has the ability to wake you up by delivering light vibrations or soft sounds. 

Although the Apple Watch Sleep app offers a lot of features to sync your devices together, it doesn’t provide as detailed sleep data analysis as some of the other third-party apps available from the App Store.

AutoSleep

Cost to download: $3.99

Paid membership: No

AutoSleep offers a super quick setup — you don’t even need to make an account.

Perfect for people who like to lay in bed and watch TV or read a book, AutoSleep requires you to tell the app that you’re going to sleep (through its Lights Off function). In other words, a six-hour, unmoving Netflix binge will never trick it into thinking you’ve fallen asleep.

You can activate Lights Off directly from your Apple Watch and track how long it takes you to fall asleep.

You can view your sleep session on a graph that plots how deep your sleep was, as well as your heart rate over time. It’ll show the peaks and troughs in your sleep that indicate when you woke up and when you were in sound slumber.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

      

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