Sleep Tracking on Apple Watch

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  1. thekeyring macrumors 68040

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    What apps do people recommend? Do you use them in Nightstand mode with your Watch on the nightstand, or while wearing the watch to sleep?
     
  2. matthew.ochs.90 macrumors newbie

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    I used AutoSleep. With AWS3’s great battery life I wear my watch while sleeping. Average battery usage during that time has been 4-7%. That is 6-7 hours of sleep, so not bad at all IMO. It has really good data, syncs with Health app, good UI on app.
    This week I am gonna try using it in theater mode while I sleep, to see if it shaves even more off the battery usage by a couple % points.
     
  3. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    I use Pillow. It is free to use but $4.99 In App purchase is available for weekly, monthly, yearly data.
    I wear the watch to bed and I don't use the iphone for sound recording and morning alarm.
    It uses about 5% of the watch battery overnight.
    I also use the theater mode now so that it does not come on unless I touch the screen.
     
  4. Volusia macrumors 6502

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    I also use the AutoSleep app. I have a heart condition so I have HeartWatch, which is another component of the AutoSleep. I do generally wear my watch to bed, charge it while having breakfast and a shower and it is good all day and night.

    And, Matthew.ochs.90, I keep mine in Theater mode while sleeping. Not only does it help some with the battery, the watch doesn't come on and blind me if I move my arm in the middle of the night!
     
  5. Mercenary macrumors 65816

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    Auto sleep also doesnt take any additional power or even need the app to be installed on the watch. If you do wear it to bed it will use the data the watch already gathers about movement and heart rate. So I've only just installed it and it's analysed my sleep going back months and even shows my quality of sleep for the nights where I have worn it.

    While it has a watch app this is nothing more than a view of the data on your phone.
     
  6. Nell macrumors 6502a

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    I also use AutoSleep; having just bought a new S3 Watch, I use my old one for sleep tracking and charge the new one overnight (although I don’t always remember to make the swap but that’s fine as the S3 will easily get me through two days).
     
  7. darrinS macrumors 6502

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    I use Pillow and wear my AW3 to bed every night. I paid the $4.99 for it. I personally find it works great. I have tried several apps, but to me none work this good. I really like the daily information provided to me on the watch. It also seems spot on accurate. Like when I wake up at night and move around and the number of dreams I have coincide with the REM sleep reported. I tried AutoSleep and it just didnt work for me. When I would sit down in my recliner to watch TV at night, it would think I was sleeping. I prefer to manually start the sleep cycle and stop it.
     
  8. Hansana macrumors regular

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    I jut bought auto sleep the other day. I wear my Apple Watch when I go to sleep. Here is a screenshot of my last night sleep. It shows my heart rate during my sleep and restlessness during the sleep. Good app [​IMG]
     
  9. newellj macrumors 604

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    Strongly recommend both AutoSleep and HeartWatch.
     
  10. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    Can we run 2 sleep tracking apps at once on one Apple Watch?
     
  11. darrinS macrumors 6502

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    How do you avoid false triggers? It never thinks you’re asleep when you are just kicking back and relaxing? Maybe I had mine setup incorrectly.
     
  12. MLVC macrumors 6502a

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    I've found Pillow to be way more accurate than AutoSleep. So happy Pillow user here :).
     
  13. newellj macrumors 604

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    I was wondering if it would work, but over the past week plus it has been right on the money. The app has a setting that is basically "don't mark me as asleep before x time" that works for me because I'm very predictable about when I hit the rack.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 16, 2017 ---
    I'll check it out, thanks.
     
  14. SoCalGadgetGuy macrumors regular

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    I use Sleep Watch. It integrates with the Apple Health app and has a nice detailed iPhone app of it's own. Many sleep tracking apps require you to trigger the app when you go to sleep. Sleep Watch knows when you are sleeping, so no special interaction to remember before sleeping is required.

    My watch's battery life is great with this app, I go to bed with 100% battery (Apple Watch Series 3) and—after a seven or eight hour sleep—I wake with the battery at around 96%.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  15. Nell macrumors 6502a

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    I have Sleep Watch but haven’t really looked at it since starting to use AutoSleep; I’ve just taken a look and it is much improved.
     
  16. newellj macrumors 604

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    I'm very happy with AutoSleep but would be interested in any comments you have on Sleep Watch. I'll take a look, too.
     
  17. newellj macrumors 604

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    Coming back with what's hopefully a clearer answer. Basically, when I set up the app the first time, I accepted the defaults and specified a target time for when I will be sleeping. The only other setup choice I recall making was telling the app that I wear the watch while sleeping. It has been very accurate. Reading some reviews from May 2017, it seems like AutoSleep's developers have done some work to make this app "just work" and at least for me they've done a great job.
     
  18. BrianSoCal macrumors 6502

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    Wow, app looks great! I've been a AutoSleep user for months, but love the UI of Sleep Watch. I may have to give it a try.
     
  19. MLVC macrumors 6502a

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    The problem with AutoSleep is that it always tells me my sleep quality is 100% even if I had a crap night with a lot of tossing and turning. Pillow picks that all up without a problem though.
     
  20. newellj macrumors 604

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    Interesting. Do you wear the watch while sleeping?
     
  21. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I’m glad that the OP started this thread, thanks.

    I downloaded ‘pillow’ last night and only had one sleep in it. You have to manually trigger it, but seems to work well. I have no frame of reference to compare with.

    Are the apps which automatically trigger sleep accurate?
     
  22. SoCalGadgetGuy macrumors regular

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    Sleep Watch has been accurate for me.
     
  23. newellj macrumors 604

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    AutoSleep has been accurate with startup and stop for me.
     
  24. Dizle macrumors 6502

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    I use Sleep Watch and I like it, seems to be accurate enough. It says I get much better sleep than my Garmin (I agree more with AW results) but you can adjust the sensitivity if need be.

    Would putting my Watch in airplane mode at night save battery? I already had DND on every night so no notifications are coming through. I guess airplane mode would just cut off Bluetooth then. I seem to lose 7-10% at night with the wrist raise off.
     
  25. SoCalGadgetGuy macrumors regular

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    Try Theater mode (or--at the least--Do Not Disturb mode). I have my iPhone set to automatically go into DND mode and the watch automatically follows that schedule. Therefore, when I'm sleeping DND on my watch is activated without me having to actively set it.
     

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