Do you ever find yourself wondering how well you slept the night before? Or what your sleep patterns are like over the course of a week? If so, the sleep tracking function in the Fitbit app may be just what you need.
Fitbit is a great system for tracking fitness, and the app allows you to see all of your fitness-related stats in one place. The sleep tracking functions are another core element of Fitbit’s offering, and after years of refinement, they now provide a great deal of useful data.
Ironically, when I made this video, I had just woken up! That’s why my voice sounds so tired. I made the video a while ago, so the interface has changed a bit, but the basic info is still the same.
How to Track Sleep With Fitbit
In order to use the sleep tracking function, you need to wear your Fitbit tracker to bed. The tracker uses heart rate and other data to automatically detect when you go to bed and when you wake up. It also tracks how well you slept during the night.
Sensors for Sleep
Some Fitbit watches also integrate an SP02 or blood oxygen tracking function. This increases the amount of data available to your Fitbit. Watches like the Charge 5 and Sense can detect skin temperature, which is another data point that Fitbit can thus gather about your sleep.
One of the coolest features in the Fitbit app is the ability to see what sleep stage you were in at different points in the night. This helps understand how well you slept and identify any patterns that may be affecting your sleep quality.
There are four main sleep stages:
- Light Sleep
- Deep Sleep
The last one isn’t the amazing 1980s band from Georgia! It stands for Rapid Eye Movement. This is the stage of sleep when you’re dreaming.
Sleep Tracking Over Time
The app also provides a 30-day average of your sleep patterns, so you can see how your sleep is changing over time. And there is a benchmark feature that shows how you stack up against other people in your age group in terms of sleep quality.
If you’re looking for a way to track your sleep and get more information on how to improve your sleep quality, the sleep tracking function in the Fitbit app is a great option.
Other Fitbit Tracking Functions
In addition to sleep, the Fitbit app lets you track several other things.
There are a lot of health benefits to staying hydrated, and the Fitbit app has a water tracking feature to help you make sure you’re drinking enough water every day.
The app lets you set a daily water goal, and then you can log your water intake throughout the day. The app will even send you reminders to drink water if you haven’t logged any for a while.
The food tracking feature in the Fitbit app is a great way to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need. You can log meals and snacks, and the app will track the calories, fat, carbs, and protein.
The app also has a barcode scanner, so you can quickly add foods to your log. And if you’re tracking your macros (fat, carbs, and protein), the app can help you make sure you’re hitting your goals.
The Fitbit app has a workout tracking feature that lets you log and track your workouts. You can track things like distance, time, and calories burned. And the app will even give you credit for workouts that you do outside of the app, like running or walking, if you enter them manually.
If you subscribe to Fitbit Premium, Fitbit will combine workout and sleep data to give you personalized recommendations. For example, it might tell you that on days where you exercise a certain amount, you get more sleep or a better quality of sleep.