If you do Sleep Tracking, when are you going t charge your Apple Watch? (Serious)

PearsonX

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I wonder how much sense it makes to add sleep tracking to a device whose battery dies by the end of the day. This is the primary thing that keeps me far away from getting an Apple Watch and had remained unaddressed since day #1.
 

Dave.Inwood1988

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I guess I’ll charge mine in the morning while showering. When I get home from work it has about 30% battery. If you have the S5 the screen turns off in ‘sleep mode’ so should be enough battery.

Then the hours charge again should be enough to get it through most of the day
 

PearsonX

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I guess I’ll charge mine in the morning while showering. When I get home from work it has about 30% battery. If you have the S5 the screen turns off in ‘sleep mode’ so should be enough battery.

Then the hours charge again should be enough to get it through most of the day
Just looked it up, it takes 1.5H to charge it 80%. That's a long shower.:)
 

PearsonX

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I wondered this too.

To be honest, I don't think I'll use the feature. Might cause anxiety lol.
I'm used to charging my phone. Then I got used to charging my laptop. Then I got headphones that need charging. Then I got a car I also have to plug in. But having to keep in mind to charge the very thing that's supposed to keep me organized... That doesn't work for me. I miss my pebble with 10d charge and 20minute charge time.
 

gigatoaster

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Hello there

I charge my Watch from 8pm to 10:30pm. I usually have 25% of battery left. Sleeping consumes between 7 to 15% of battery each day. My day usually start between 6:30 to 7am and I try to sleep before midnight.

I have the latest version.
 
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iOS Geek

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I start work at 6am. Alarm is set for 3:30am. Leave for work at a little after 5:00, so I should be able to manage pretty well just by putting it on the charger right when I wake up! Or at least that's my plan 😂
 

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I've been sleep tracking with my Series 4 for years. When I get up in the morning I do a 30 min - 1 hour workout. By then my Watch is usually between 65% and 75% charged. I put it on the charger while I get a shower and get ready and it's then usually 90%+. In the evening I may do a second workout or I may not, but I always take it off for 30 min or so to eat dinner or get a evening shower and it's back to 100% by the time I sleep.
 
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PearsonX

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It seems like most of you compromise between not getting work out tracking, vs sleep tracking or sleep at all?:)
(I appreciate all the input BTW).
 

Deep.sky

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I charge mine about 30 minutes before bed, and in the morning after my workout while I am getting ready for the day. I don't have to compromise at all; I get my workouts (such as they are) and my sleep tracking and find plenty of time to top off the charge when I wouldn't need it anyways. Now if I was doing really long workouts (more than 2 hours), I could see the need for extended charging before bed.
 

StaceyMJ86

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I’ve been sleep tracking with my Apple Watches for the last 3 years. I charge my watch as soon as I get home (it’s down to 30-40%). I take it off the charger when I’m ready for bed. I wake up at 5:45am and put it back on the charger (it’s usually at 80-90% in the morning). That’s just enough time in the morning before I leave for work.y watch rarely dies with the schedule I have for charging.
 

firedept

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Unless Apple comes up with a battery life like the Garmin Fenix you won't make it through a day and into the night. I'm not complaining but Apple Watch seems to have one of the worst battery lives of any watch out there. I'm sure Apple can do better just don't know why.

On another note I tracked my sleep on my Garmin and it was not really necessary. I'm more interested in the physical output I do in a day.
 

Rogifan

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I have the latest watch. I sleep with my watch every night and charge in the morning before work. No problems. I’ve never had battery issues. It seems like the biggest thing that drains the battery for people is long workouts. I walk throughout the day and use the bike at the gym but neither of those seem to burn up the battery.

The new version of watchOS will give you a reminder letting you know if your watch has enough battery to get you through the night.

 

artfossil

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Unless Apple comes up with a battery life like the Garmin Fenix you won't make it through a day and into the night. I'm not complaining but Apple Watch seems to have one of the worst battery lives of any watch out there. I'm sure Apple can do better just don't know why.

On another note I tracked my sleep on my Garmin and it was not really necessary. I'm more interested in the physical output I do in a day.
Oh balderdash. I use my Watch all day, including workout tracking and listening to Audiobooks and track my sleep every night. I have plenty of battery life on my Series 5 to get me through the day and night.
 

Nugget

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When I buy a new Apple Watch my previous watch gets demoted to sleep tracking. This is also handy because I prefer the rubber sport band for daily wear (durability and doesn’t get nasty when exercising) but it’s far more comfortable to sleep in the fabric sport loop band (which I don’t like during the day because it gets nasty when I go for a run). This way I’m not having to constantly swap bands every night and morning also.
 
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TheSkywalker77

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I usually charge it before bed. I like to lay in bed and browse these forums and watch some YouTube for an hour or two then go to bed. Once my watch hits 100% I'll put it on and go to sleep.
 

JBaby

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I charge two hours before my bedtime. I’ve been using my series 5 for sleep tracking, via AutoSleep, since I got it in January 2020. My watch is on my wrist 22 hours, or more, a day. I’ve only ever hit 20% a handful of times and I’ve put it in reserve mode once. I’ve never had a dead battery. I also “opportunity charge”, like the others here, while I shower. I do take long showers. They are unavoidable do to my physical disability. Yes, I know long showers are bad for the environment.
 
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PearsonX

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Thank you guys! Based on how much you guys have integrated charging into your daily routines, I can tell that the Apple Watch is absolutely not for me. Maybe in 5 more years.
 
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ipedro

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Didn’t they say that the iPhone is capable of sleep tracking? If that’s the case, I’d be ok to track my sleep with my Watch once or twice a week for more accurate data points but allow my iPhone to do the routine tracking every night to build out long term data.

“Sleep tracking uses machine learning to sense motion, and detects micro motions from the rise and fall of the breath. There's also a new sleep section in the health app, including a view of trends over time.

Sleep tracking, Schedule, Wind Down, and Sleep Mode will also be available on ‌iPhone‌ without a watch with iOS 14.”
 

firedept

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Oh balderdash. I use my Watch all day, including workout tracking and listening to Audiobooks and track my sleep every night. I have plenty of battery life on my Series 5 to get me through the day and night.
The reason for my response is that my Garmin could go for almost 2 weeks on a single charge. I have a series 5 and could possibly make it through the night, but go to work early so would not have the opportunity to charge it again for the day. Also remember we all use our watches differently with different battery demands. I use mine heavily all day long at work. I'm just saying it was nice to only have to charge my Garmin once every week or two. If Garmin has the technology to do it then I ask why can't Apple. I'm not putting my Apple Watch down in any way. I like my Apple Watch don't take me wrong.
 
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Thoradin

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Maybe it’s just me but I’ve never found sleep tracking to be much use for anything anyway. I am a very heavy sleeper and the few times I have tried sleep tracking devices, they tell me I’m in a deep sleep within 10 mins of my head hitting the pillow and that doesn’t stop until my alarm brings me out of it in the morning.
I also find wearing a watch overnight causes me to wake with a dead arm and discolouration in my hand due to a lack of circulation even though it is always loose on my wrist through the night.
 

honglong1976

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I wonder how much sense it makes to add sleep tracking to a device whose battery dies by the end of the day. This is the primary thing that keeps me far away from getting an Apple Watch and had remained unaddressed since day #1.
I have had an Apple Watch S0 and currently on a 38mm S3 LTE.

Honestly, each one I got about two days battery life.

On the 2nd day I charge it at night, it's worn in bed (I use the alarm to wake me up).

It will be no problem. :)
 
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