Sleep logging with Fitbit continues to evolve. In addition to monitoring your sleep, it’s now also possible to set sleep goals, see your sleep stages, and get on-device bedtime reminders. But that’s not all. Below, all the ways Fitbit can help you sleep better and smarter.
6 Sleep-Boosting Fitbit Features
Track your sleep
All Fitbit trackers (except Fitbit Zip) monitor sleep patterns, detecting time spent awake, restless, and asleep. Logs are stored in one place on the Fitbit app and can be viewed day by day, week by week, or even over months and years so you can track how your your sleep changes over time. For more information, see How do I track my sleep?
set a sleep goal
Sticking to a consistent sleep schedule can improve your sleep—and your health. To create one, click on the sleep tile in your Fitbit app and then on the gear icon at the top right (or the moon icon at the bottom if you’re a Windows 10 user). From there, you can set a sleep goal (7 to 9 hours is recommended for adults), as well as the target times you want to go to sleep and wake up. Adjust these goals as you learn how much sleep you really need to feel well-rested. Learn more about How a Regular Bedtime Can Improve Your Health.
Activate bedtime reminders
While you’re in the sleep settings in your Fitbit app, turn on Bedtime Reminders and set it for at least 30 minutes before your ideal bedtime. Your smartphone will notify you when it’s time to start winding down, which can help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer. If you own a Fitbit Alta HR or Fitbit Charge 2, you can also get on-device reminders.
USE A SILENT ALARM
All Fitbit trackers (except Zip) allow you to set up to eight silent alarms, all of which work the same way: At the time(s) you specified, your device will gently vibrate and light up several times, repeating again in nine minutes if you don’t dismiss it. Use one as an alarm clock to wake up more gently in the morning. This guide will show you how to set and manage the alarms.
GET SLEEP INSIGHTS
If your tracker monitors sleep, then you’re eligible for Sleep Insights—personalized guidance that’s based on how your other healthy (or unhealthy!) habits may be affecting your sleep. This feature uses the whole of your Fitbit data—everything from your diet to your exercise patterns—to discover trends, so the more you use your device and app, the smarter your Sleep Insights will become.
For example, one insight may read: “While it might help you fall asleep faster, alcohol close to bedtime may disrupt your sleep and make you wake up more during the night.”
For more information, read New Fitbit Features Deliver Data Previously Only Available Through a Sleep Lab.
See your sleep stages
If you use a Fitbit Blaze, Alta HR, or Charge 2, your tracker will use your movement and heart rate patterns to estimate your sleep stages—i.e. how long you spend in light, deep, and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep each night. (Note: If you slept in a position that prevented your tracker from getting a consistent heart-rate reading or wore it too loosely, the app with show you Classic Sleep instead of Sleep Stages.) For more information about Sleep Stages and how they can affect your health, read REM, Light, Deep: Much of Each Stage of Sleep Are You Getting?
Track your sleep tonight with Fitbit, view the results tomorrow, and let us know what you think in the comments!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.