Sleeping with Watch and battery life.

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Pravda, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. Pravda macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    I've been a watch guy since i could tell time, and I've always worn them to bed with me.
    I got use to having something on my wrist at all times, and also it helps knowing how much longer i have before the alarm wakes me up.
    I got my Watch last week and been wearing it while i sleep. One of the biggest benefits to me is waking up to physical taps on your wrist instead of an audio alarm. It also helps greatly that i don't wake up my wife as her alarm is usually set 30-45 minutes after mine.

    I've been trying to charge the watch to 100% before bedtime (if my work schedule allows) and usually wake up 6-7 hours later with the watch in the mid to high 80s and sometimes as high as 91% on the battery. I then proceed to wear the watch and head to work. Last few days at work the watch has been around 20% by the end of my 13 hour shift. I only use the watch at work for some iPhone app notifications (FB, Mail, WhatsApp,etc), text replies to my contacts and to send taps/drawings/HR to my better half. I have about 6 apps installed (for now), text set to bold, haptic all the way up and brightness to the middle.

    Anyone else getting similar numbers?

    Are you guys topping the battery off while getting dressed in the morning as well?
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida

    Sounds like you might need to but 20% at the end of the day is not bad. I have an extra charging puck at my office but return home everyday with around 40% left on the battery.
  3. jaymc macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2012
    Port Orchard, WA
    My watch can be down to 20% and get fully charged in the time I do the 3 S's and eat breakfast. :)
  4. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    What's the point of sleeping with the watch if it doesn't track sleeping?
  5. PLamarine macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2009
    Central MA
    I am hoping Apple comes out with a native sleep tracking app. I go to bed usually with 40-50% battery left.
  6. brianbrooke21 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    This is hilarious.
  7. papashaun macrumors member

    May 1, 2015
    I wear mine at night as well - same reason as OP - for the alarm
    Usually have about 40% battery at bed time - charge it when I get up during morning coffee and the other stuff - only takes about an hour to charge back up to 100%

    Also if you do use the alarm on your phone you can dismiss the phone alarm on the watch so no fumbling for the phone on the bedside table
  8. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
    the alarm he mentioned :eek:
  9. Pravda thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Thanks for the reply.
    I will top off the battery in morning before I head out to work.
  10. papashaun macrumors member

    May 1, 2015
    Has worked good for me charging in the morning - hope it works out for you !
  11. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I wear my watch all day then go to sleep with it since I can set a silent alarm so I don't wake up my wife. Then when I get up I put it on the charger first thing and by the time I go to work it's almost fully charged.
  12. c2one macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Same boat as others.... wear it all day and to bed. Wake up, place it on charger and right before I head out for the day, put on my watch which is fully charged.

    No need to 'top it off' before bed.
  13. amirite macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2009
    Waking up and glancing at notifications or the time. It's less distracting and less likely to keep you awake than doing the same with your phone. There's also heart rate monitoring if you're into that. I've slept in mine every day. Being woken up by taps is wonderful.

    Too bad it doesn't track sleep. I'm sure a software update could add that feature. It's just that Apple isn't going to promote sleep tracking as a feature when it can't even last 24 hours.
  14. Pravda thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008

    100% Agrred. Something about waking up to a tap rather than an audible alarm feels much more natural. I use to use Jawbone Up bracelet for sleep analysis, and enjoyed tracking my REM sleep cycles.
    As you, I'm hoping Apple brings software for sleep tracking soon.
  15. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Anyone know if the screen is constantly waking whle you sleep?
    I mean does the arm-raise sensor ever get triggered by a restless sleeper?
  16. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    I would be interested in the impact on your iPhone battery life. NPR did a review on the watch where the reviewer left his fully charged watch and iPhone off the charger all night, the phone dropped to 69% after 7 hours of NOTHING happening while he slept.

    I'm sure you leave your phone on the charger so this doesn't necessarily impact you. I have a charger in my car, so this would not be a problem for me either ... I'm just curious about the impact on the watch on the phone's battery, as this will affect you during the day. It would seem that with minimal activity the power drain is about 1:3 in favor of the watch.
  17. ianfann macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2014
    Could you kindly elaborate what the 3 S's are?
  18. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I actually get better numbers... I have a 42mm version...

    Around 9pm, I take my watch off to charge back to 100% and by 10pm I put it back on and set the silent alarm. Around 5am when the silent alarm taps me awake, the battery is always at 94%. I recently started changing the raise wrist to activate to off at bedtime and I wake to 94-95% 7-8 hours later.

    I workout for an hour using the workout app and it is around 80-85% with the HR monitor running the whole time. When I shower, I charge the battery and it is back to 100% 10-15 minutes later.

    Each night when I charge, the battery is about 50% or higher. If it is a golf night and I use the workout app for 3+ hours and 1000+ calories the battery is around 25-30% by 9pm. The activity app on those days has around 2000 calories burned, 200 minutes of workout time and 14-16 hours of standing.

    Battery has never been an issue and I know sleep tracking is planned, but the silent alarm is a huge blessing if you have a spouse/SO.
  19. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    It does for me when I struggle to sleep but that is typically when I roll over. If I am laying there, I have to typically touch the screen to see the time so I turn off raise wrist to activate during sleep time and turn it back on in the morning.
  20. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    :) he means Shower, (SH)Toilet and Shave
  21. ianfann macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2014
    Oh, I thought he meant shave, se*, shower...
  22. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    I like your version better but the three most common S's in the morning sadly don't include se* - especially for most couples after several years. lol

    Some need a cup of coffee before they can get the last S out...
  23. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    Last night I topped off the Watch just before I crawled into bed. I put the Watch on, turned on the muted tap alarm and then put the Watch in airplane mode. Watch got me up and had about 93% battery life. Watch battery is currently at 3h10m Usage, 14h46m stand with 59% battery remaining.
  24. orev macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2015
    Depending on how long your commute is, you could charge in the car to top it off. Between that and charging when you're in the shower, could keep you going without any problems.
  25. Ben_Dover macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2015

    This is mine. 100% noon yesterday. Did 2 hour run with music. After the run it was 81%. Yeah battery drains exponentially. Now it's 1100 am and I just woke must've been 60% when I went to bed at 5am this morning.

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