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'AutoSleep 5' Brings Live Sleep Tracking to Apple Watch and iPhone X Support

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Third party sleep tracking app AutoSleep reached version 5.0 on Tuesday, introducing a slew of new features and improvements, including iPhone X support and live sleep tracking on Apple Watch.

With later models of Apple Watch benefiting from major improvements in battery life, many Watch owners now wear their device to bed. Despite this, Apple still doesn't provide a native sleep tracking feature in watchOS, which has allowed third-party apps like AutoSleep to step in and fill the void.


While AutoSleep can track sleep quality and duration using just an iPhone, one of the app's biggest draws has been its Apple Watch component. Up until now, users had to sync the app to their iPhone to review calculated sleep metrics, but with AutoSleep 5, the Apple Watch app can now automatically track sleep without needing any help from an iPhone.

With sleep independently calculated on their wrist, users have the ability to scroll through sleep quality rings, deep sleep stats, and recharge summaries using the Digital Crown or by scrolling with a finger.

The Watch-based Lights Off feature, which lets users track how long it takes them to fall asleep, has also been rewritten. The progress display now has muted colors for viewing at night, and shows how much time the user has actually been asleep versus time spent just lying in bed.

Back on the iPhone app, sleep detection is now considerably faster, while motion detection has been discontinued for users who wear their Watch to sleep, but remains an option for non-Watch wearers.


The information screens have also been unified, so instead of metrics and graphs being on a separate tab, everything now appears on one scrollable screen. In addition, sleep quality rings have been redesigned and are now more clearly labeled, making key information more easily available at a glance.

The sleep analysis graph has been moved to just below the sleep clock, and reveals different data points such as sleep zones and heart rate as the user scrolls. Elsewhere, the configuration and troubleshooting sections of the app have been modified to be easier to use, and AutoSleep now has additional share options for sleep recording notetakers and social media users.

In addition to iPhone X layout optimization, several other improvements have been made under the hood, according to the developer. More information can be found in the release notes for AutoSleep 5, which costs $2.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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gabriel193755

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Is there any app for the Apple Watch that wakes you up at the best point?
I look for something similar to the smart alarm clock that my MiBand used to have.
I know that he Sleep Cycle alarm clock app have this function but just for the iPhone and I need one for the Apple Watch.
 
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jermwhl

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How does this compare to pillow? I just started using pillow, but I'm not convinced I want to pay for the premium version of it. I don't like that I have to tell it when I'm going to sleep and when I wake up. I've only used it a few times, but I know eventually I'll start forgetting to start the app each night.
 
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Sheza

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I use this app every day, it provides fantastic insight into my sleeping patterns.

The app won't - and can't - wake you up at the best moment, because in order to significantly reduce battery usage what this app is, is actually a method of interpreting data gathered from the Watch. Thus the interpretation is done after your sleep.
 
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Zimmy68

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So this gives your apple watch more than 24 hours of battery life?

Yep. If I used the Apple Watch for sleep tracking, my watch would be dead before I hit REM.
Apple needs to figure out the battery issue.
I have the OG watch and love it. The thing still doesn't have a scratch on it, but the battery gets weaker every day.
I could go a day and half at first, now I am under 10% before 9PM.
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No, it just tracks sleep.

I have a series 3 Apple Watch (Nike) and regularly get 2.5 days of life off a single charge. YMMV.

Let me book a flight to this magical planet, stat!
 
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I use this app every day, it provides fantastic insight into my sleeping patterns.

The app won't - and can't - wake you up at the best moment, because in order to significantly reduce battery usage what this app is, is actually a method of interpreting data gathered from the Watch. Thus the interpretation is done after your sleep.
What do you do with your insights? It seems wakeup was a major feature of sleep cycle.
 
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Your use of YMMV seems very appropriate here.

Yeah, it definitely depends on a range of factors, like what complications you have on your watch face, watch brightness, apps installed, background refresh permissions, notifications, idle checking, etc etc. I use my AW mainly for tracking activity/sleep, and try to limit most other usage scenarios.
 
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Yeah, it definitely depends on a range of factors, like what complications you have on your watch face, watch brightness, apps installed, background refresh permissions, notifications, idle checking, etc etc. I use my AW mainly for tracking activity/sleep, and try to limit most other usage scenarios.

Why did you choose the apple watch if you don't use it during the day? I would imagine a cheaper, lighter, more comfortable sleep tracker would work better for you.
 
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klemsaba

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How does this compare to pillow? I just started using pillow, but I'm not convinced I want to pay for the premium version of it. I don't like that I have to tell it when I'm going to sleep and when I wake up. I've only used it a few times, but I know eventually I'll start forgetting to start the app each night.

I used Pillow and AutoSleep at the same time for awhile to figure out which one I liked. I prefer Pillow's graphs and report better than Auto Sleep. But starting and stopping my sleep tracking was eventually a drag. Just use AutoSleep now. Looking forward to the new version. I don't review my sleep every day but knowing the data has been saved and can be reviewed whenever is nice.
 
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richie510

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I have been using this app for about 6 months and it is absolutely fantastic. It just works.

I used to use a Basis watch for sleep tracking, but then they totally recalled the whole product line. After that I tried the app Sleep++ but that was such a pain to always have to tell it I was going to sleep. This app requires no user intervention to get it tracking, as it just uses the data your watch is already collecting.

I also agree about how much Apple has undersold the battery life on AW 3. I usually drop like 45%-55% in 24 hours. I use my AW 0 while charging the AW 3, and the battery on that thing is abysmal.
 
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MacknTosh

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I must be one of those odd people who, when I wake up in the morning, can tell if I’ve had a good nights sleep without needing my watch to confirm it.

Maybe I’m naive, but what’s the point? What info does a sleep app provide that is useful? I mean if it tells you that you had 3 hrs of R.E.M. over an 8hr sleep, how do you change it if it says you’re not getting enough? What happens if you think you’ve had a great sleep but the app says ‘no you didnt’.
 
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jermwhl

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So this gives your apple watch more than 24 hours of battery life?
My watch gets easily better than 24 hours battery life.
My Series 2 can last up to three days—I generally lose about 30% per day
Although I charge mine daily, I can see mine easily lasting two full days. I just throw it on the charger when I jump in the shower though.
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I used Pillow and AutoSleep at the same time for awhile to figure out which one I liked. I prefer Pillow's graphs and report better than Auto Sleep. But starting and stopping my sleep tracking was eventually a drag. Just use AutoSleep now. Looking forward to the new version. I don't review my sleep every day but knowing the data has been saved and can be reviewed whenever is nice.
Perfect. Thank you!
 
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Penn Jennings

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Yep. If I used the Apple Watch for sleep tracking, my watch would be dead before I hit REM.
Apple needs to figure out the battery issue.
I have the OG watch and love it. The thing still doesn't have a scratch on it, but the battery gets weaker every day.
I could go a day and half at first, now I am under 10% before 9PM.
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Let me book a flight to this magical planet, stat!

I have a Series 3 GPS and currently get 2+ days per charge as well. I wear it to bed and recharge it for 2 hours every other morning.
 
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Evangelion

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So this gives your apple watch more than 24 hours of battery life?

I put on my Apple Watch at around 7am, and take it off sometime between 11pm and midnight, and usually have about 75% left at that point. That said, if you find yourself using so much battery that you can't track sleep with the watch, put the watch on a charger in the evening when you brush your teeth, take a shower etc. That should give you 15-20 mins of extra charging-time. And if you want to be on the safe side, put the watch on airplane-mode when you sleep.
 
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BlueMoon63

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I use this app every night and doesn’t even require the app to be installed on the watch. Those that fear battery life, my series 2 would go from 100% to 94% after one year and my series 3 goes from 100% to 97% over night. Anyone that thinks this is a major problem with wearing the watch at night might be mislead.

I’ve tried about 5 sleep tracking apps and only this one has been accurate. Not even pillow was as good.

Like others, I could get two days of use with an hour workout. I typically charge at night but can go a week with only a 30 minute charge while showering and getting ready. I can go two weeks with only an hour charge each morning while showering/eating and getting ready.
 
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BrennanWDavis

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I use this app every night and doesn’t even require the app to be installed on the watch. Those that fear battery life, my series 2 would go from 100% to 94% after one year and my series 3 goes from 100% to 97% over night. Anyone that thinks this is a major problem with wearing the watch at night might be mislead.

I’ve tried about 5 sleep tracking apps and only this one has been accurate. Not even pillow was as good.

Like others, I could get two days of use with an hour workout. I typically charge at night but can go a week with only a 30 minute charge while showering and getting ready. I can go two weeks with only an hour charge each morning while showering/eating and getting ready.
I got my Nike Apple Watch Series 2 about a month ago, and although the battery life has far exceed my expectations I still charge it all night every night. All of these posts have convinced me to try to leave it on all night, and maybe even pick up this sleep tracking app. Thanks for sharing your experience.
 
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Tinmania

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Your use of YMMV seems very appropriate here.
I don't know what I could do to use more battery life on my Series 3 LTE but I don't try to minimize battery usage and mine is between 67% and 73% when I charge each morning while getting ready for work. I leave GPS, LTE, Wifi... well everything turned on. My prior watch, an Android Wear LG Sport couldn't make it through a day if I dared leaving LTE on. Maybe you are thinking about that watch?

I have a Series 3 GPS and currently get 2+ days per charge as well. I wear it to bed and recharge it for 2 hours every other morning.
I get similar here with Series 3 LTE.



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npmacuser5

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So this gives your apple watch more than 24 hours of battery life?

I have an Apple Watch 0. For this to work with battery life, charge the Watch daily two hours before bedtime. Watch uses less then 10% while sleeping on average. My useage normal day, the only charging required in 24 hours. The exception, more then normal workout during the day with the Watch, will most likely need a charge after a workout. Thumbs up for the AutoSleep App.
 
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