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TechnologyHow to turn any Apple Watch into a sleep tracker

01:35  05 september  2019
01:35  05 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Apple could add sleep tracking to the next Apple Watch

Apple could add sleep tracking to the next Apple Watch We could see Apple introduce sleep tracking next week

Turns out the Apple Watch doesn't do sleep -tracking -- not out of the box, anyway. But there are many third-party apps that can fill in this gap, keeping tabs Before we dive into the apps, let's look at a few key considerations. The first is that you'll need to wear your watch to bed, which can pose a couple

How to Track Sleep - Apple WATCh SLEEP . If you are wondering, “ How does the Apple Watch track sleep ?” The answer is, you just need the FREE App. Our company, Bodymatter, built the very first App to transform the Apple Watch into an automated sleep tracker — Sleep Watch .

Rumor has it the Apple Watch will soon learn to do sleep tracking, but it's unclear whether the new feature will be limited to new Apple Watch models or added via an OS update to existing ones. Well, guess what? Any Apple Watch can already monitor your sleep habits. You just need the right apps. And you'll be glad to know prices range from free to just a couple bucks.

How to turn any Apple Watch into a sleep tracker© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Teach your old Apple Watch a new trick: how to track your sleep habits. Tyler Lizenby/CNET How to turn any Apple Watch into a sleep tracker© Photo by Rick Broida/CNET

Put your Apple Watch into Theater Mode before you go to sleep.

I first wrote about this a couple years back, and in light of the above news, this seemed the ideal time for an update. If nothing else, I want to make sure you're aware you shouldn't hinge any Apple Watch purchase or upgrade plans on sleep-tracking alone.

Apple Watch may get sleep tracking as soon as next week

Apple Watch may get sleep tracking as soon as next week The Apple Watch might include sleep tracking sooner than you think. Sources talking to 9to5Mac claim to have significant details as to how the health feature will work, with word that it might be announced "as early as next week" at the September 10th event. Some details aren't surprising, but they suggest this isn't just a throwaway addition. The technology would rely solely on the watch's motion, heart rate and noise detection to gauge the quality of your sleep. You wouldn't need a Beddit sensor to fill in the gaps.

Track sleep with your Apple Watch automatically. Apple Watch Sleep Tracking - Tips & Tricks: We recommend scheduling 'Do Not Disturb' to turn on automatically during your typical sleeping hours Sleep Rhythm Tracking: Track an estimate of how consistently you sleep at the same time each day.

As the Apple Watch doesn't offer sleep tracking built in, we round up the best third-party apps to try instead. Until it is, you'll have to look elsewhere, and below we have eight of the best apps to transform your Apple Watch into a top sleep tracker . How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch .

It all started when I was feeling unusually tired, which led me to ask my doctor what might be causing it. His first question: "Are you getting enough sleep?" Why, of course I'm getting enough... hmm, wait a second, am I?

There's a related question: Am I getting good sleep? Well, I have an Apple Watch, and it can track my steps, heart rate, time spent standing and all that, so maybe I'll just start wearing it to bed and get some answers.

You know the punchline: The Apple Watch doesn't do sleep-tracking -- not yet, anyway. But there are many third-party apps that can fill in this gap, keeping tabs on how long you sleep and how well.

Apple Watch to add sleep tracking, report says

Apple Watch to add sleep tracking, report says Wear your Watch to bed.

Well, I have an Apple Watch , and it can track my steps, heart rate, time spent standing and all that, so maybe I'll just start wearing it to bed and get some answers. #applewatch.

This top rated Apple Watch sleep tracking apps automatically track your sleep ; this means, you need to wear an Apple Watch when you go for a The AutoSleep Tracker app monitors your sleeping activity and tells you how much you have slept . It is also capable of tracking the quality of your sleep

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Sleep-tracking considerations: Bulk, brightness and battery

Before we dive into the apps, let's look at a few key considerations. The first is that you'll need to wear your watch to bed, which can pose a couple problems. Never mind that it's a little uncomfortable until you get used to it, there's also the matter of the watch face lighting up when you make any upward arm movements. And if you think that face isn't bright when it's pitch-black, think again.

The fix: Turn off the Wake Screen on Wrist Raise feature, which you can do by swiping up on your watch face and enabling Theater Mode. This disables raise-to-wake as well as notifications.

How to turn any Apple Watch into a sleep tracker© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Put your Apple Watch into Theater Mode before you go to sleep. Rick Broida/CNET

A little tougher to manage is the battery issue. My watch usually has only about 30-40% remaining at the end of the day. If I don't top it off, I'll wake up with very little power left -- not nearly enough to get me through the day.

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While we wait for a built-in solution, the Pillow and AutoSleep apps are your best choices for adding sleep tracking to your Apple Watch .

It’s Apple Watch upgrade season for a lot of people which means deciding what to do with old models. Should you resell, gift, throw it in a drawer, or repurpose it? Turning your old Apple Watch into a dedicated sleep tracker is a great way to get a little more mileage out of your original purchase.

The fix: When you wake up in the morning, toss the watch on the charger while you shower, eat breakfast and so on. After 30 minutes or so, it should have enough juice for the next 24 hours. Alternately, consider charging it while you're getting ready for bed, reading or whatever. The only catch is you have to remember to put it back on before nodding off.

Sleep-tracking apps

How to turn any Apple Watch into a sleep tracker© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Bodymatters' free Sleep Watch app captures a wealth of sleep data and presents it for review on your Apple Watch. Bodymatters

I spent some nights with three sleep apps for Watch OS. There are others, certainly, but I feel these are pretty representative of what's out there. Here's a quick overview of each. Note that CNET may receive a share of revenue from the purchase of any products listed here.

AutoSleep Tracker ($2.99, £2.99, AU$4.49)

Tracking sleep means wearing your watch to bed, right? Not necessarily: AutoSleep works even if you don't wear it some nights. When that happens, it starts tracking your hours as soon as you put the watch on the charger, then stops when you put the watch back on in the morning or you first use your phone.

Apple Watch Series 5 isn't yet answer to sleep tracking dreams

Apple Watch Series 5 isn't yet answer to sleep tracking dreams Apple Watch Series 5 lacks a built-in app for monitoring the zzzz's. But you can still track your sleep on the watch through third party apps.

With Apple Watch , the days of carefully planting your iPhone on the mattress are over. In fact in many cases your iPhone is no longer required at all, until you want Sleep Watch turns your Apple Watch into a very capable sleep tracker and should be worth a thought or two if you are serious about your

Since getting an Apple Watch Series 2 a couple of weeks ago, I’ve started looking into the idea of using it as a sleep tracker again. In my limited tests with a Fitbit this month (before getting a new Apple Watch ), I came away thinking that automatic sleep detection was my favorite feature of the

Of course, that's just time tracking -- the real benefits come from wearing your watch. When you do that, the app measures sleep hours and quality, restlessness, heart rate and more. And then it presents all that data using Apple Health-style visuals.

Sleep Tracker Plus Plus ($1.99, £1.99, AU$2.99)

This inexpensive sleep app is my current favorite, if only because I find its presentation of sleep data to be the clearest. At a glance, you get to see how much light sleep you got, how much deep sleep, how long it took you to fall asleep and so on.

Another perk: a "smart" alarm can wake you up when the app detects you're in a light sleep phase, as opposed to your bedside alarm that might wrestle you from a deep slumber -- and leave you feeling groggy and angry. (No? Just me?)

Sleep Watch (free)

Bodymatter's Sleep Watch wins the "most improved" award, not only because it now does a much better job presenting sleep data, but also because it's now free. (It previously cost $5.)

Well, "freemium": If you want access to premium features, there's a $2.99-per-month subscription option. Thankfully, you don't need that to squeeze plenty of helpful sleep data from the app. It measures not only total sleep time, but also restful sleep time, sleep rhythm, sleep disruptions, heart rate and more.

Have you found an Apple Watch sleep app you like better than any of these? Tell us about it in the comments!

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As noted above, this post was previously published two years ago and has been updated to reflect new information.

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