The Apple Watch 2 still doesn’t have any built-in application that can track your sleep pattern. In my opinion, that’s because you have to charge your Watch every night to work a full day in the following day. If you wear it on your wrist all night long, you would wake up to a dead watch.
Fortunately, this feature is being considered by Apple and may be added in the next Apple Watch generations. They are reportedly building new hardware and working on a number of new apps for the Apple Watch, including one tracking users’ sleep and another interpreting their general fitness based on heartbeat data.
In the meantime, if you still want your Apple Watch to track your sleep, this article will show you how to do that. Below are some third-party apps that take advantage of the Apple Watch’s operating system and its hardware to bring the sleep tracking feature to your life. Let’s take a look at them!
1. AutoSleep ($1.99)
If you’ve used a Fitbit before, I bet you loved the automatic sleep detection feature of this product. It’s great that you don’t have to press anything before going to sleep. The device just figures out when you start sleeping and when you wake up automatically.
Do you want to experience this again with your Apple Watch? Well, AutoSleep, which is an iPhone app, will let you do that.
No buttons to press. No Watch app to load. Just sleep!
Once installed this app on your iPhone, you don’t have to install any other app on the Apple Watch. More importantly, you don’t have to interact with it before going to bed either. All you need to do is wear your watch and sleep.
As long as the Watch is on your wrist, AutoSleep monitors motion data from the Watch (movement, heart rate) and presents the results in the app’s interface by using an algorithm developed based on an advanced heuristic.
Even if you don’t wear your Watch while sleeping, AutoSleep can track your time in bed too. Just put your Watch in charge before you go to sleep and when you wake up, put your Watch back on.
The app also provides you with two widgets. One tells you how long you slept last night and an average of the last seven days. The other indicates the battery percentage remaining on your iPhone and your Apple Watch.
Your sleep shows on a simple clock that looks familiar with the built-in Bedtime in the Alarm app, but of course, this clock packs more information 😛 Asleep time is indicated with purple blocks. If you do wear the Watch while sleeping, your physical movement (displayed as an inner green ring) and heart rate (the red ring) are also tracked.
The lighter purple means deeper sleep, the lighter red means lower heart rate and the light green indicates the time you were restless. By using all this data, it can score the quality of your sleep.
2. Sleep++ (Free)
This app is the best one that is free on the App Store when it comes to sleep tracking on Apple Watch. To get started, you’ll need to install it on both your iPhone and your Watch.
As I said before, when you’re ready to go to bed, you have to open the app on your Watch and tap the start button to get it to work. The Watch app will then run in the background, monitoring your movement using the motion senser and correlating it with the quality of sleep.
When you wake up the next morning, you can quickly stop the sleep monitoring by tap on “Stop Tracking”. The app will then provide you with instant results.
A light blue bar indicates one minute of restless sleep. The wider the bar, the more restless minutes the app monitored. The app will only show “Awake” either when it senses 3 or more minutes of restless sleep or when you get out of bed and walk around.
Each time the app record a sleep session, the data will be synchronized with the Health app as well as other Healthkit apps.
As most users have experienced, the downside of using this app is you have to charge your Watch before going to bed in order to have it working overnight and in the following day. In my opinion, you can easily make it a habit so that’s not a big deal.
Tip: To prevent the battery from draining crazily, you should enable AirPlane Mode while wearing it overnight.
3. HeartWatch ($2.99)
HeartWatch, as the name speaks, is more than a sleep tracking app for the Apple Watch.
HeartWatch lets you see how your heart is beating across four simple views. Waking, Regular, Workout & Sleeping. Each of these views are isolated because, while you may want a higher heart rate during a workout, if your heart is racing when you aren’t doing any exercise then this is likely not a good thing and probably something you might want to show your medical practitioner.
About the sleep tracking feature, HeartWatch lets you know how you slept by measuring how restless you were overnight and calculating how much of your sleep requirement has been met.
You can read more about HeartWatch’s features here.
Using the Apple Watch for sleep tracking is possible but it’s not the best option for the present actually. So I strongly believe that Apple will be serious and make this necessary feature a built-in functionality in the near future.
How about you? Do you like to use your Apple Watch or prefer to use third-party fitness bands for tracking your sleep pattern? Let me now by leaving a comment in the section below!