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If you're someone who wears your Apple Watch while sleeping, you may be familiar with the Sleep++ app for the Apple Watch, which offers sleep tracking and analyzing functionality.

Sleep++ was today updated to version 3 and it's gained a new feature that makes it easier than ever to keep track of sleep quality, length, and other metrics while sleeping -- automatic tracking.

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The Sleep++ automatic sleep tracking feature kicks in when Apple Watch wearers go to bed at night and stops tracking in the morning, so Sleep++ users no longer need to start and stop sleep tracking every night. For more precise tracking, though, manual options continue to be available.

Today's Sleep++ update also includes other features like bedtime reminders, notifications with a summary of the previous night's sleep quality, and the ability to set a nightly sleep goal to reach.

Apple Watch does not have any built-in sleep tracking capabilities because Apple has designed it to be charged at night and worn during the day, but third-party apps are able to provide this missing functionality for users who prefer to wear their watches to bed.

Apple does offer a sleep tracking solution in the form of the Beddit, an accessory that it acquired last year. The Beddit sleep tracker, which also offers automatic sleep tracking, slips under your sheet and monitors sleep quality, heart rate, and other metrics. It does cost $150, though, so it's far less affordable than a third-party Apple Watch app.

Sleep++ can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Sleep++ App for Apple Watch Now Offers Automatic Sleep Tracking
 

talmy

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Maybe version 3 is more accurate, but I gave up on this app a while ago when I left it "on" during the day and it said I got better sleep then than I was getting at night.
 

dooganau

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How is the battery for the new Apple watch? I use a Xiaomi device to track my sleep because of the long life charge it holds (30days). Wouldn't dream of using my Apple watch because I have to charge it every night.
 
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Graxxer

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I'm still pondering, what do people use sleep data for? Say if I see that rolling around all night and not getting enough sleep, then what? It's not like these apps are providing suggestion how to improve sleep patterns.

To be honest, it can be helpful in the long term in identifying bad sleep patterns and habits. Much like general fitness tracking, it can be used as positive reinforcement to help address such habits.
 

danny842003

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I'm still pondering, what do people use sleep data for? Say if I see that rolling around all night and not getting enough sleep, then what? It's not like these apps are providing suggestion how to improve sleep patterns.

I suffer from PTSD it allows me to keep a log of sleep patterns leading up to any events I have. Also some can record audio during the night which my dr has found useful.
 

shyam09

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How is the battery for the new Apple watch? I use a Xiaomi device to track my sleep because of the long life charge it holds (30days). Wouldn't dream of using my Apple watch because I have to charge it every night.
I charge my Apple Watch Series 3 (when I forget to take it off and charge it before going to take a shower) once every two-three days.

I turn on theater mode before I go to sleep every day (to help conserve battery life) and I use AutoSleep to monitor my heart rate when I'm sleeping as well.
 

Apple_Robert

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I'm still pondering, what do people use sleep data for? Say if I see that rolling around all night and not getting enough sleep, then what? It's not like these apps are providing suggestion how to improve sleep patterns.
If a person has trouble sleeping, he or she can hit up MacRumors for several hours of good reading. That should do it. :)
 

usarioclave

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I'm still pondering, what do people use sleep data for? Say if I see that rolling around all night and not getting enough sleep, then what? It's not like these apps are providing suggestion how to improve sleep patterns.

By itself it isn't really that useful. However, if you're sleepwalking or going to the bathroom a lot at night you'll be able to see it.

That's the problem with a lot of the health data, it isn't useful by itself; you need more data points from other devices. You do have to start somewhere, though.
 
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QuarterSwede

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How is the battery for the new Apple watch? I use a Xiaomi device to track my sleep because of the long life charge it holds (30days). Wouldn't dream of using my Apple watch because I have to charge it every night.
2.5 days without turning anything off. It gets 3 if you turn on silent and theater mode. Battery life is absolutely not an issue with the series 3. They’ve licked it.
 

lyricthejoe

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I can’t imagine wearing an Apple Watch to bed - sounds uncomfortable. I also agree with the earlier comment - what do people do with sleep data anyway?

Sure, it’s interesting to know how well you slept, maybe how many REM cycles per night, but that’s it. Maybe if you’re at the doctors office and they ask how you’ve been sleeping, then you could actually say... o_O
 

nutmac

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I'm still pondering, what do people use sleep data for? Say if I see that rolling around all night and not getting enough sleep, then what? It's not like these apps are providing suggestion how to improve sleep patterns.
It's useful when you have a young kid or baby. If the kid wakes up, you will wake up and you will know when and how long.
 

noraa

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Been using AutoSleep for a while and love it. However, will keep an eye non sleep++ to see if it maybe worth switching (I highly doubt it though). As far as the benefits of sleep tracking, for me I have sleep apnea and it helps me gauge the usefulness of various is remedies. AutoSleep also helps with that as it records both your heart rate as well as movements. Finally, I can be a restless sleeper, so it provides good data points if I have a particularly restless night, and I can try and correlate that to what may have gone on during the day/evening (what did I eat, did I drink, excercise, was I anxious, etc. )
 
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Westside guy

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I don't have a sleep app installed so I just downloaded this to give it a try. Unlike many other sleep apps this is free so I have little to lose.

My thoughts exactly. I'm trying the app and, if I like it, I'll pay the $1.99 to remove adverts.
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I can’t imagine wearing an Apple Watch to bed - sounds uncomfortable.

Not at all - I do it every weeknight. I find an alarm on my wrist much more pleasant to wake up to than a buzzer on my night stand.

I have a charging cable on my desk at work, and the watch charges pretty fast - the system works pretty well.
 

rjp1

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How is the battery for the new Apple watch? I use a Xiaomi device to track my sleep because of the long life charge it holds (30days). Wouldn't dream of using my Apple watch because I have to charge it every night.
Awful. It lasts less than a day if you are active. If you wear it as a fashion accessory you can get more than a day, but that is about it. Not sure when you’d charge to use this app.
 
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mhornback2

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I have been using a different sleep app, AutoSleep Tracker. It is really great. I don’t need to turn the tracker on and off. I don’t have to set it to a certain time to monitor.

It just works.

I love the data it provides, including quality, “deep” sleep, heart rate, obviously hours. It compares each night to last seven day average and keeps several months of data.

It has helped encourage me to get a proper amount of sleep each night and it has helped me immensely!

I’m sure there are other good ones. Test them out. Find one and use it!
 
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How is the battery for the new Apple watch? I use a Xiaomi device to track my sleep because of the long life charge it holds (30days). Wouldn't dream of using my Apple watch because I have to charge it every night.

I have the Apple 3 watch and charge it every two or here days. Wearing at night is not an issue.
 

MDF314159265

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I'm still pondering, what do people use sleep data for? Say if I see that rolling around all night and not getting enough sleep, then what? It's not like these apps are providing suggestion how to improve sleep patterns.

Once upon a time, I used to wonder the same thing... then I got a stressful job. Then I got my own place. Then I had my first kid. Then second kid....

Once upon a time, sleep was just something you did 7-8 hours a day. Then it became something you wished you could do more of, and you realize that you cannot survive on just 4 hours of it on a regular basis. Not me, anyway.

Having a way to monitor your sleep and the quality of, and comparing to other factors, such as “did I complete all my tasks that day?” And “did I exercise enough?” And “what did I eat that day/night?” - this all helps.
That way, you can figure out the best routine to good sleep, so you can do the same thing every day very well, day in and day out for the next 30-50 years, then retire and die. But least you got a good nights rest for many years!
 

Someirishguy

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Once upon a time, I used to wonder the same thing... then I got a stressful job. Then I got my own place. Then I had my first kid. Then second kid....

Once upon a time, sleep was just something you did 7-8 hours a day. Then it became something you wished you could do more of, and you realize that you cannot survive on just 4 hours of it on a regular basis. Not me, anyway.

Having a way to monitor your sleep and the quality of, and comparing to other factors, such as “did I complete all my tasks that day?” And “did I exercise enough?” And “what did I eat that day/night?” - this all helps.
That way, you can figure out the best routine to good sleep, so you can do the same thing every day very well, day in and day out for the next 30-50 years, then retire and die. But least you got a good nights rest for many years!
Hear hear!!
 

xxxda1xxx

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as much as i like the apple watch i cant wear them... the only thing that its stopping me is whenever i wear the apple watch i got this tingly & numbness on my arms so i stop wearing it.. then returned it... alot of people having this problem but hoping that apple will resolve this.. maybe just maybe come out with two smartwatch one without the heart sensor & the other will have it..
 

danny842003

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as much as i like the apple watch i cant wear them... the only thing that its stopping me is whenever i wear the apple watch i got this tingly & numbness on my arms so i stop wearing it.. then returned it... alot of people having this problem but hoping that apple will resolve this.. maybe just maybe come out with two smartwatch one without the heart sensor & the other will have it..

Why do you think light is giving you numbness?
 
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