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How to track your sleep using your Fitbit

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Screenshot of sleep tracking app showing duration score and other statistics

With your Fitbit purchased and charged, you can simply place it next to your phone and then open the Fitbit app to Android either iOSand you should see a message to connect the device, as long as Bluetooth is enabled on your phone. All your physical activities will automatically start recording and syncing with the app.

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You don’t need to press a button or flip a switch for your Fitbit device to start tracking your sleep; It does this automatically once it recognizes that your body is going into sleep mode. You will also record naps of an hour or more. In a sense, all you have to do to track your sleep with a Fitbit is wear it.

There is a little more to know about it. Your Fitbit will be smart enough to detect restless sleep through the way your body moves, and if your wearable has a built-in heart rate monitor, it will know what to look for to differentiate between light, deep, and REM sleep. (There is more on this on the Google website.) When your Fitbit senses you moving in a way that wouldn’t be possible if you were asleep, it stops tracking your sleep.

Your sleep statistics appear on the Today and you can edit the settings.

Photography: David Nield

Open the Today in the Fitbit app to see the sleep you recorded last night, in hours and minutes. If you tap the sleep card, you’ll be able to see your stats going back in time, over several months or even a year. You can switch between hours slept and Sleep schedule using the buttons below the graphs.

If your device has a heart rate monitor, which all but the oldest Fitbits do, you’ll also get a sleep score: This weighs several factors, such as how much movement you did during the night and how much deep sleep you had , for I will give you a number up to 100. The higher it is, the better you will do in terms of sleep.

Continue tapping statistics to see more details: for example, what times of the night you were in deep or light sleep. If you’re a Fitbit Premium subscriber, you’ll also get a sleep profile reading—it uses various sleep metrics to tell you about trends in your sleep patterns and how they compare to others your age and gender.

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