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What do your sleep stats tell you?

2010 September 20
by amcdonough

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!

4 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.

  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.

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