Tracking Your Sleep?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Apps' started by Disneymom2003, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. Disneymom2003 macrumors member

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    i see people asking about sleep apps. Which one is best etc. My question is this... if you track your sleep why? Unless you have a sleeping problem, why would you wear your watch to bed and track your sleep? I am really curious as this is not something I would consider, yet I see many asking about it.
     
  2. scmill macrumors regular

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    I use SleepWatch. You can set it to work automatically so that you don't have to "turn it on" every night. That way, it will capture cat naps, too.

    I don't know that I have any specific reasons to track my sleep other than I tend to not get enough sleep and, sometimes, just looking at the graphs makes me go to bed earlier for a few nights. I guess I track it just like I track everything else (weight, BP, exercise etc). If I have to go to the dr, I have all that info ready.
     
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    I am part of a study for heart failure patients designed to create algorithms to identify issues before they result in hospitalization. The study is focusing very heavily on sleep patterns (amount of sleep, heart rates during sleep, variations in heart rates during sleep, etc.). Medical professionals are just starting to identify how much sleep patterns affect our overall health.

    How many times have you heard people complaining that they didn't get enough restful sleep and are having trouble functioning. I took the information from my sleep program (using AutoSleep on the Watch) to my Primary Care Physcian who then referred me to a specialize who conducted a sleep study and prescribed a CPAP machine which helps tremendously with my sleep.
     
  4. Disneymom2003 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you both for your replies. I understand if you are having problems but I’m guessing most aren’t.
     
  5. scmill macrumors regular

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    Judging by the number of people here and in the FB AW groups asking for sleep apps, more people than you would think track their sleep.
     
  6. Disneymom2003 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know a lot do. That’s why I asked. I am stil not sure most of them have problems such as the poster above.
     
  7. artfossil macrumors 65816

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    If you don't have sleep problems, that's great!

    (And, just wait . . . .) :)

    For me, tracking with SleepWatch and the information it's given me (which I shared with my primary care physician) has been invaluable for my sleep issues. (And I now have a sleep coach. Which is the only thing health wise I have in common with LeBron James.)
     
  8. lmcrael macrumors member

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    I use sleep tracking to gauge how last nights sleeps will affect my mood/workouts the next day. I also have a infant at home, I use it to see how often I get up for her, as well as how long shes up during those times.
     
  9. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    I used an app to track my sleep about a year ago and then stopped because I didn't see the value in it (for me at least). I wasn't having any issues falling asleep or staying asleep, it was just extra data that I never even really looked at. I imagine for people that have issues sleeping the data can be helpful, but for me it wasn't doing much.
     
  10. Complex757 macrumors 6502

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    I don't get enough sleep and a sleep app makes me more conscious of going to bed earlier. Before, as long as i got five it was enough.
     
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    I track my sleep because it is interesting to see how long you've slept, how long and which times during the night you were in a deep sleep, heart rate while sleeping and overall quality of sleep.

    I use AutoSleep.
     
  12. kat.hayes macrumors 65816

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    Does the watch need to be connected to WiFi for the app to be able to track sleep?
     
  13. oeagleo macrumors 6502

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    No
     
  14. AttilaTheHun macrumors 65816

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    the way i see it it's the same clip hospital put on your finger to watch you O2 level so when you sleep and you snore it may block your breeding and you can die so when your O2 level drop too low the watch vibrate to wake you up,
    the only think Apple should consider is a battery that last at list 24Hours or I will need to buy 2 Apple watch one for DAY and one for NIGHT
     
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    I track my sleep for the same reason many people track exercise, diet, habits, etc.: To encourage myself towards healthier lifestyle choices. Some of us will never improve what we don't measure. Maybe it just depends on how your brain is wired for this kind of stuff.

    I know I need to get more sleep. I used to try to force myself to be in bed by 10:00pm. For some reason I just couldn't make myself do it until I started tracking my sleep. When you see metrics on your weekly or monthly sleep average, it just drives the point home and it gives you a goal to shoot for. It has helped me increase my average weeknight sleep from just over 5 hours to 6 hours and 20 minutes. I still need to get to 7 or more, but hey.. at least I'm making progress.

    I have also used sleep tracking to figure out how much of my sleep was being disrupted. We used to have an old dog (bless her heart... I’d be happy to lose sleep for another year with her) who had to be let out during the night. Some nights that would cost me an hour or more of sleep in the middle of the night because I'd have trouble falling back asleep. My wife didn't believe it was costing me that much until I showed her the metrics. Unfortunately for me I was the light sleeper who always woke up, but I started poking my wife some nights to help so I could fall back asleep without getting out of bed.

    Overall I see the sleep tracking metrics align with how I feel in general. When I am getting enough sleep and exercise, I feel much better. When I go through a week or two of not feeling well, it's often because I have been getting less sleep than usual. Do I need to be tracking my sleep to understand that more sleep = better mood, better health, and more productivity? Not really, but tracking it does help me remember to make better choices that lead to more sleep. It reminds me to avoid what comes naturally to me: Staying up late for no particular reason.
     
  17. sean000 macrumors 68000

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    That’s what I use. Auto sleep tracking and it knows when I get out of bed in the middle of the night. I like the ability to add mood and sleep notes as well. I just charge my watch for a bit while I’m reading or watching tv before bed. Then I put it on before I go to sleep.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 17, 2019 ---
    Battery has never been a problem for me. Even when I had a Series 0 (I now have the S4) I could charge it for a short time each night before bed (an hour or so), put it back on and wear it to sleep and all the way to the following evening with plenty of battery left.
     
  18. Lee_Bo macrumors regular

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    I'm using Sleep Watch and Auto Sleep. I was just curious as to see if I was restless at night because no matter how.much sleep I get, I always feel tired. I discovered I'm very restless during the night.
     
  19. sean000 macrumors 68000

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    I forgot to add that there is a another very important benefit to wearing my watch to sleep that has nothing to do with sleep tracking (see my previous post about why sleep tracking is helpful for me).

    I need to wake up earlier than my wife, and she used to complain about my alarm. Since I wear the watch to bed it just wakes me up with silent taps/vibrations. I think it’s a much more pleasant way to way up and it doesn’t bother my wife. If I’m going to wear the watch to bed, might as well track my sleep too.
     
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    I use Pillow since I swapped back to iWatch from Fitbit.

    Only issue is it only shows the last nights sleep unless you use the paid version.

    I am still not as happy as the information provided my the Fitbit for free.
     
  23. AttilaTheHun macrumors 65816

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    Hope Apple don't make the same mistake Samsung watch did, the Samsung gives you a report how was you last night condition to my opinion that useless info I like to have an action that will wake me up in a case I stop breeding
     
  24. digitalexplr macrumors 6502a

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    How do you accomplish "breeding" in you sleep? o_O
     
  25. AttilaTheHun macrumors 65816

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    the same way your doctor pot on your finger that clip that check and display your O2 lever and heart pols count by IR big Apple watch can do it too
     

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