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What do your sleep stats tell you?

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We’re posted previously about the importance of a good night’s sleep. By wearing your Fitbit to track your sleep, the data and trends can help you identify why you may not wake up feeling rested, or why it takes you a long time to fall asleep. The benefits of healthy sleep are many: maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, energy levels and good food & activity choices.

Several members of the Fitbit community have used their Fitbit sleep graphs to do just that – analyze their personal data and work with professionals to sleep better and wake up rested. Because our Fitbit community says it best, we thought we’d share just a few of the experiences you’ve shared with us. See how your fellow community members used their Fitbit data to sleep better and change their lives:

“I’ve had my fitbit for months. I show anywhere between 25 and 55 red lines a night. And this is with it set at normal, not sensitive. Most are from just moving; I’m not aware of it. If I get out of bed the red lines are very thick.

There is a definite pattern. There are usually no red lines for the first 1-1/2 to two hours. Then it’s nearly constant. When a friend got a fitbit and only had up to five awakenings, I decided to go and have a sleep study. I’ve been waking up exhausted for years.

My sleep study doctor was very interested in the fitbit. He believes that it uses some of the same technology that the sleep lab uses. My sleep study showed that I didn’t have any problems until I hit what’s supposed to be my REM sleep — 1-1/2 to two hours after falling asleep.

I started using a CPAP machine. The new nose pillow masks are very easy to get used to. I feel better than I have in probably ten years.”

And here’s another Fitbit community member’s observations:

“I don’t know how it does it with fitbit on our wrists, but it really does know when we are awake vs asleep. I was shocked when I got my fitbit in March and it said I was waking up 40-60 times per night. I printed the graphs and took them to my doctor. I had a sleep study done and fitbit was right on the mark–47 for the sleep study machine, 47 for fitbit!

I am now using a CPAP machine and feel better than I have in years. Thank you fitbit!!

How can your data help you make changes to live a healthier life, sleep better, or be more active? Fitbit’s a good way to find out!

Today we’ll give you a little peak under the covers (pun intended) at our community’s typical sleep stats. Interested in seeing how your sleep stats compare?  Check out the premium benchmarking feature- there’s a free trial – and take a look at your detailed sleep report for more insight.

Here’s to a good night’s rest!

22 Responses leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    May 6, 2013

    This was exactly what I was looking for when I finally tried using the fitbit to look at my sleep. I wake up 10-25 times per night, which I think is… overachieving. I’m going to collect more data, and go see my doctor.

    Thanks for putting this page up.

    -Alison

    PS:
    A “peak” under the covers? The pun may have been intended, but it was misspelled.
    You take a PEEK. You climb a PEAK.

    • Jeremiah permalink
      August 14, 2013

      The intentional misspelling is what makes it a pun… :)

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 22, 2013

      :)

    • Anonymous permalink
      January 24, 2014

      That’s why it’s a pun, pumpkin. (Peek under the covers… peak on a chart…)

  2. Jenn permalink
    March 15, 2014

    I know this is a very old post, so I’m not sure if anyone is monitoring it, but I am wondering if those averages are based on a normal or sensitive setting?
    Thanks!

    • Anonymous permalink
      March 26, 2014

      I have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine every time I sleep even naps if I take one. This year I bought the fitbit one. The first night I kept the setting at normal and it showed I slept 10 hours with little disturbance. I thought that was a little off so I switched to a sensitive setting after reading that if you have a sleep disorder change to sensitive setting.

      The change in settings after one week showed that I averaged 4 hours 7 min total sleep during the night. Out of 7-8 hours total time in bed trying to sleep. Restlessness and being awake seem to be other factors. I plan to share this with my sleep apnea doctor.

      • Colin permalink
        June 10, 2014

        I’ve found something very similar in that the normal settings showed a large amount of sleep but the sensitive setting is quite close to what I was previously monitoring on my own (a large amount of restlessness which I think is really awake time for me). I do have a bad sleep disorder and most nights I’m happy with 3 hours or so of sleep. Going back to a sleep clinic for a consultation in a week so having this data will be great. A year ago when I went I was diagnosed with a mild apnea but have had a hard time using a cpap machine. I’m pushing at it again though

  3. Carol permalink
    December 21, 2014

    Also use CPAP and just started using a Fitbit..have a lot of restless sleep. Should I be concerned?

  4. Stacy permalink
    January 4, 2015

    I have a similar question Carol. I have on average 60 minutes restless. What does this mean?

  5. tricia cooper permalink
    January 9, 2015

    How do I measure my sleep using the fitbit have not seen any instructions any where

  6. January 9, 2015

    I switched my Flex from normal to sensitive mode a few weeks ago. In normal mode, my flex would say I was restless 6-10 times in a night. When I switched to sensitive mode it jumped to 15+ times a night. Per my flex, on some nights I was only getting 3 hours of sleep. I went to my Dr. And showed my findings. She was skeptical but sent me for a sleep study anyway. The sleep study confirmed what I thought- I have insomnia. I have a feeling I’ve not been sleeping well for a long time. Really glad I took some further action!

  7. Jo Ann Klein permalink
    January 16, 2015

    Another point of view – I do have a cpap machine and I have compared my sleep patterns with and without the machine and I have had better results without it. However, I am a stomach sleeper and no existing cpap mask works well with those of us who mash our faces into pillows as we sleep.

  8. January 16, 2015

    After years of feeling exhausted I may now of discovered why thanks to fitbit.
    I fall asleep fine and aim for 8 hours a night but almost always wake up exhausted, according to my fitbit I am only getting an average of 4/5 hours every night.
    Gonna collect some more data & will def be seeing someone to help get this sorted so hopefully I will soon feel better.

  9. iantai permalink
    January 29, 2015

    I was diagnosed with sleep apnea two years ago. I lost 65 pounds to deal with that, but I am still waking up tired. I bought a Flex to help me get a better understanding of my sleep and find I am restless15-20 times per night. I asked for another sleep study, but all my insurer would pay for was a home study. That study should my apnea is under control. I showed the Flex results to the doctor and he simply would not accept that something was wrong.

    I really am stuck with getting a good night’s sleep. Did any one experience this situation and get it resolved?

  10. ralph permalink
    February 16, 2015

    I have slept poorly for 12-15 years. Stay in bed 5-6 hours. fitbit says I sleep 2.5-3.2. with about 10-15 wakeups/restless periods, some of which are unconscious, and some wide awake. Sleep% efficiency under 50%.

    I have had sleep studies. No apnea and do not fit the profile. Follow all the rules of good sleep hygiene. Question? Have any of you found a benefit to CPAP machines even though technically not diagnosed apnea?

  11. Amy permalink
    February 25, 2015

    My fitbit usually shows I am restless 200 – 300 minutes I wake up exhausted but it isn’t showing I am awake very often. Is being restless that much something I should be concerned about?

  12. Heather permalink
    March 2, 2015

    Mine is the same! I know that I move alot in my sleep, but it seems that I move more than I lay still. I don’t remember being awake, but am wondering of moving around as much as Fitbit says I do is the reason I never feel fully rested.

  13. Sid permalink
    March 11, 2015

    Yes you should be worries because your body needs those 200-300 minutes to rest and prepare for the next day! As a neuroscience B.S graduate, sleep is vital for your optimal health.

  14. Sue permalink
    March 19, 2015

    What are the common solutions to the lack of sleep issue. If after following good homeopathic solutions and not a CPAP candidate, what types of things would the doctor recommend? My doctor wants to see me about my sleep issues, but I am concerned he will want to use a prescription sleep aid.

  15. rich permalink
    March 22, 2015

    well like others I get about 3 hours sleep with loads of restlessness on the sensitive setting. I feel ok and normal after this. If it shows 2hrs its been a bad night and feel lousy. But I have noticed if I drink alcohol (a sizeable amount) I can get up to 5 hours ….thought alcohol was supposed to make sleep poor.

    my sleep pattern seems to be 2 or 3 good blocks between 1030pm and 230am and then its goes crazy with a restless period every 10mins or so. Should I cut my losses at 230am and start work? No I tried it and feel sh1T.

    Conclusion – there are BIG benefits to the restless periods too.

  16. Sarah permalink
    March 22, 2015

    I use the normal setting.

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