A lot of Fitbit fitness trackers users have asked: How does a Fitbit track sleep? Here, you will find answers to some of the most common questions asked by Fitbit owners about using their devices, especially when it comes to the sleep-tracking functions.
What Is the Fitbit Sleep Tracker Function?
If you want to find out how many hours you have slept, your Fitbit sleep tracker function can help you do this and more. You can also use it to get a better understanding of your sleep habits and learn about the overall quality of your sleep.
What Does the Fitbit Do to Track Your Sleep?
In the evening, you put your Fitbit device inside of a wristband. This makes it so your device can monitor the quality of your sleep. It will be able to tell when you go to bed, when, if and how many times you awaken during the night, and even if and how long you lie still in your bed, looking up at your ceiling, brooding over the all of things you have to do the following day. If you happen to start thrashing around in the middle of the night because you drank a latte a little too late in the evening, your Fitbit device will be tracking that as well.
How Does the Fitbit Work to Track Your Sleep?
The Fitbit is designed with an auto-detection function that allows it to automatically detect when you are sleeping. Your Fitbit tracker has two different settings for recording your sleep: normal mode and sensitive mode. The normal mode tracks your sleep patterns at a more basic level. The sensitive mode offers a much more detailed level of sleep-tracking.
In the normal sleep-tracking mode, your device will record movements like rolling over as if you are awake, and it is a more appropriate setting for the majority of Fitbit users. The sensitive sleep-tracking mode, however, causes your device to record almost every single movement you make while sleeping as if you are awake. This particular setting can be especially useful for individuals who suffer from certain types of sleep disorders and/or individuals who wear their Fitbit device on a different area of their body while they’re sleeping, instead of on their wrist. If you consistently wear your Fitbit tracker every night on the same setting, it will record and produce highly useful data pertaining to your personal sleep habits.
Fitbit: How to Use the Sleep Tracking Function
Wrist-based Fitbit fitness trackers have an automatic detection to sense when you are sleeping. The auto-detection function bases its tracking on your movements. If go a whole hour without moving, algorithms will assume that you have begun sleeping. This is then confirmed by how long your movements indicate sleeping behavior, such as rolling over and etc. Your morning movements automatically let your device know that you’re awake. If you are not mobile, but are also not sleeping for a long segment of time, your tracker could possibly falsely record you as being sleep. In this case, you can always delete the erroneous sleep record.