Best Sleep Tracking App

Cnasty

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I am not looking for anything revolutionary but I am in a stage of possibly having sleep apnea and going in for my sleep study soon.

I just got my watch last night and want to preliminarily start using an app to monitor heart rates during sleep, movements, etc.

I used Pillow last night and it is terrible as it forces the premium on you and none of the data synced up with the app and it also didn't even go off with the alarm that was picked.

Anyone using your watch as a sleep tracker and recommended app?

Thanks
 

cmbauer

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I have been using sleep watch for a long time and havent had too many issues with it. Sometimes it will only give me credit for a few hours of sleep if I get up to go to the bathroom, but I can adjust that in the phone app. all and does a great job
 

honglong1976

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Easy! I have tried all them and hands-down is Autosleep (by the guy who did Heartwatch).

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/autosleep.-track-sleep-from/id1164801111?mt=8

No battery hit because no app is installed. If you don't wear your watch, it tracks your sleep. If you do, you get average heart rate, HR data and sleep movements. It's really clever and the best one by miles!

Honestly it's that good, Apple should employ them!
 

pmccr8

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Easy! I have tried all them and hands-down is Autosleep (by the guy who did Heartwatch).

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/autosleep.-track-sleep-from/id1164801111?mt=8

No battery hit because no app is installed. If you don't wear your watch, it tracks your sleep. If you do, you get average heart rate, HR data and sleep movements. It's really clever and the best one by miles!

Honestly it's that good, Apple should employ them!
I agree. AutoSleep is really good. Even better when using with HeartWatch.

I've tried(wasted money on)Pillow, Sleep++, and Sleep Watch. Neither comes close to AutoSleep.
 
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Cnasty

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Thanks for the recommendations and will give it a try.

It seems there isn't one perfect app out there as of yet and not sure if there will ever be plans to incorporate directly into the Apple system a sleep type app.
 

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Easy! I have tried all them and hands-down is Autosleep (by the guy who did Heartwatch).

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/autosleep.-track-sleep-from/id1164801111?mt=8

No battery hit because no app is installed. If you don't wear your watch, it tracks your sleep. If you do, you get average heart rate, HR data and sleep movements. It's really clever and the best one by miles!

Honestly it's that good, Apple should employ them!
Thanks for your suggestion, I just purchased it, will see in the next days how it goes
 
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cmbauer

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I agree. AutoSleep is really good. Even better when using with HeartWatch.

I've tried(wasted money on)Pillow, Sleep++, and Sleep Watch. Neither comes close to AutoSleep.
Sold me on it, just installed both
 
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Taki

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I tried both SleepWatch and AutoSleep. Didn't like the UI of AutoSleep (I really hate the ring), and went back to SleepWatch. But if you are concerned about heart rate while asleep, the combo of Heartwatch and AutoSleep would give you more info.
 

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Tried both Autosleep and Sleepwatch too. There's a learning curve on Autosleep's UI for sure but once you get past it I think it is a better app for the reasons cited above. Sleepwatch worked well for me too but now that I understand Autosleep I like how granular its data is. Sleepwatch is much more simplistic showing just the time you were asleep.
 

midloman

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I thought Sleep Watch was pretty simplistic as well. I'm a fan of Autosleep. I already used Heartwatch when I stumbled across Autosleep in an article or review somewhere. As soon as I saw it was written by the guy who did Heartwarch, I immediately found it and downloaded it.

I really like it. There is a learning curve to understanding the rings, but once you get it the info is really good. If you have Heartwatch too, it's even better.
 
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cmbauer

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I installed both and they seem to work well together. I will spend the weekend getting to know the UI and information. Glad I stumbled on this thread
 

Cnasty

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I installed both and they seem to work well together. I will spend the weekend getting to know the UI and information. Glad I stumbled on this thread
Going to take some getting used to as they aren't the prettiest or easiest to understand imo based on some of the others but I am interested to see if it grows on me.

I am very basic and need to know, did I sleep well or not?
 

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I installed both and they seem to work well together. I will spend the weekend getting to know the UI and information. Glad I stumbled on this thread
i'm on the beta and it seems a better UI is on the way. the app itself works almost perfectly.
 

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Going to take some getting used to as they aren't the prettiest or easiest to understand imo based on some of the others but I am interested to see if it grows on me.

I am very basic and need to know, did I sleep well or not?
Go Canes!

I use Sleep++. Limitation is that you need to tell it when you get up and when you go to sleep.
 

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I have tried AutoSleep for a few days and I must say I'm pretty underwhelmed. The app seems highly inaccurate. Even if I get up during the night to take care of my baby daughter, it still thinks I'm asleep. How do you guys get it to work?
 

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I've been pretty happy with Sleep Watch. It does a good job automatically capturing when I fall asleep and awake. When it misses, each can be easily edited. I tried AutoSleep but gave up trying to understand and use the UI to edit sleep times. I know many here are happy with the app. I just didn't want to spend so much time and energy dealing with it.
 
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I've been testing Sleep cycle (which is phone based) and pillow (which was just updated to fix some sync issues and add heart rate).

Both require a start/stop, so not AUTO but I find the results to be pretty accurate and compare well to my dedicated sleep watch data for REM/DEEP and AWAKE times. I like the new integration of Pillow that puts all the resident heart rate data into the details of the daily screen.
 

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I would like to join in with a question.. How does one (read: developer(s)) defines a good sleep or not? Don't dare to state that every sleep-app developer has a doctor-grade record on this subject. Therefor I'm a little reserved from using any sleep-tracking app.

For Example, I've used SleepCycle on my iPhone. Great app, but even when you place it on a steady flat table that can't move, it still tells you how your night was, instead of a flat graph.

Therefor I'm unsure which app tells you accurately how you sleep was, both for iPhone and Watch. Especially since my girlfriend tells me I sleep incredibly light and sometimes, apparently, stop breathing for about 10 seconds during the night, compared to my heavy breathing during the days. So guess it's worth checking out.

So what's my best bet in this area? I'd prefer some proof about actually being accurate.. :)

Update: Oh my god. I just checked AutoSleep. From a designer aspect, this app is a UI-nightmare. You've developed an app for sleeping (= night/dark) and you created a white-bright UI. That's incredibly inconsistent, aside from just plain stupid.. That's a no go. That would just be a pain for my eyes in the first place..
 

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So what's my best bet in this area? I'd prefer some proof about actually being accurate.. :)
I am also a bit sceptical about the accuracy of these apps. What I prefer looking at is not the data in autosleep itself but in the companion heartwatch app. It shows a detailed graph with the amount you moved and your heatrate during the time in bed. I think that gives me a pretty good impression how I slept.
 
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honglong1976

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Using Autosleep.

Charged to 100% at 9pm, airplane mode on, wake off and when I woke up at 6.40 i had 99% battery left.

Very impressed with Autosleep.
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i'm on the beta and it seems a better UI is on the way. the app itself works almost perfectly.
would you be able to share a quick peak of the GUI?