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Fitbit helps you better understand your sleep patterns and quality through a range of sleep tools. Choose a shortcut to see the answer below:

What do the different sleep states mean?

When your body is completely at rest and unmoving, your Fitbit tracker records that you are asleep. If you use Fitbit Alta HR, Fitbit Blaze, or Fitbit Charge 2 to track your sleep, you'll see a record of the sleep stages you cycle through at night. For more information about each stage of sleep, see What should I know about sleep stages? 

For other trackers, you'll see your sleep pattern which shows your time spent awake, restless, and asleep. A restless state of sleep indicates that you moved from a very restful position into one involving greater movement, such as turning over in bed. When your tracker indicates that you are moving so much that restful sleep would not be possible, your sleep graph will indicate that you were awake.

How do I see my sleep data?

Be sure to sync your tracker each morning to see last night's sleep stats. Then tap the sleep tile on your Fitbit app dashboard to see your sleep history and tap any particular day to see details. Choose your device below for step-by-step instructions. On the fitbit.com dashboard, click the sleep tile to view your recent sleep data. 
  • Fitbit app for iOS and Android
    1. In the morning, open the Fitbit app and wait a few moments for your tracker to send your sleep details to your dashboard.
    2. Tap the sleep tile (If it says "How did you sleep?", your tracker's data hasn't synced with your dashboard) and then tap Today or another day to see details.
    3. Swipe through the graphics at the top to see your sleep stats.
    4. Tap the expander icon in the top right to open and close more detailed views.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. In the morning, open the Fitbit app and wait a few moments for your tracker to send your sleep details to your dashboard.
    2. Tap the sleep tile (If it says "How did you sleep?", your tracker's data hasn't synced with your dashboard) and then tap Today or another day to see details.
    3. Swipe through the graphics at the top to see your sleep stats.

How is my time asleep calculated?

Time asleep is calculated by subtracting your time awake or restless from the overall tracked time. For example, if you slept eight hours, but woke up two times for 15 minutes each, the time asleep will show 7 hr 30 min.

For more information about your time asleep in sleep stages, see What should I know about sleep stages?

How does my tracker automatically detect sleep?

All of our wrist-based trackers automatically detect your sleep, meaning you just need to wear your tracker to bed. After you sync your tracker in the morning you'll see your sleep information on your dashboard. To track sleep with Fitbit One, see How do I put my tracker in sleep mode?

Autodetection is based on your movement. When you haven’t moved for about an hour, your tracker assumes that you’re asleep. Additional data—such as the length of time your movements are indicative of sleep behavior (such as rolling over, etc.)—help confirm that you’re asleep. Morning movement tells your tracker that you’re awake. If you’re not moving but not asleep for long periods of time it’s possible for your tracker to falsely record sleep, in which case you can delete the sleep log from your history.

If you track sleep with Alta HR, Blaze, or Charge 2, Fitbit uses a combination of your movement and heart rate patterns to estimate your sleep stages. For more information, see What should I know about sleep stages?

Can I change my sleep goal?

For instructions on changing a sleep goal, choose your device below. Note that only time spent asleep counts towards your sleep goal, not time spent in bed awake.
  • Fitbit app for iOS and Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
    2. Tap the gear in the top right.
    3. Adjust your sleep goal and save.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
    2. Tap or click the moon icon on the bottom.
    3. Adjust your sleep goal and save.

How do I manage sleep insights?

Sleep insights in the Fitbit app provide personalized guidance on how to improve your sleep for better overall health.The more sleep you log, the more insights you’ll receive, but you may not receive a new insight each day. You can tap Like or Dislike below each insight to provide feedback to our team.

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Sleep insights are turned on by default; to turn them off, choose your device:
 

  • Fitbit app for iOS and Android
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
    2. Tap the gear in the top right.
    3. Find the option to turn off sleep insights.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
    2. Tap or click the moon icon on the bottom.
    3. Find the option to turn off sleep insights.

How do I set sleep schedule?

You can set a sleep schedule in the sleep goals section of the Fitbit app to help you maintain a more consistent pattern of sleep. For more information, see What should I know about setting a sleep schedule?

How do I set a bedtime reminder?

You can set a bedtime reminder in the Fitbit app to help you maintain a consistent sleep schedule. If you turn on the reminder, you'll receive a push notification on the mobile device paired with your tracker. For Alta HR or Charge 2, you’ll also receive a reminder on your tracker.

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The bedtime reminder defaults to Sunday-Thursday since most people want to receive a reminder on work or school nights. If your schedule is different, you can edit the days you receive a reminder.

For instructions on how to set a bedtime reminder, choose your device:

  • Fitbit app for iOS and Android
    1. From the dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
    2. Tap the gear icon in the top right.
    3. Turn on the bedtime reminder and set the time and frequency.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile. This is the tile that says "How did you sleep?" or, if you tracked sleep the night before, shows how many hours and minutes you slept.
    2. Tap the moon icon on the bottom.
    3. Find the option to turn on the reminder and set the time and frequency.

Can I log a nap?

Naps at least an hour in length will be automatically detected by your tracker and stored in your sleep history. For Fitbit One you must turn sleep mode on and off to record a nap.

Can I edit my sleep history?

You can fine tune your sleep history in the Fitbit app by editing or deleting sleep logs. For more information, see How do I change my sleep history?

What is the difference between the normal and sensitive sleep setting?

Your tracker's setting can record your sleep in either "sensitive" mode for extremely detailed sleep reporting or "normal" mode for a more basic idea of your sleep patterns. Note that this setting doesn't apply if you use Alta HR, Blaze, or Charge 2 to track your sleep stages.

  • The normal setting counts significant movements as being awake (such as rolling over) and is appropriate for most users.
  • The sensitive setting will cause your tracker to record nearly all movements as time spent restless or awake. This setting may be helpful for users who wake up feeling tired even though their sleep history shows sufficient rest.
To change your sleep sensitivity setting, choose a section below. If you use the Fitbit app for Android you must change your sleep sensitivity setting on fitbit.com.
  • Fitbit app for iOS and Windows 10
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon ( User-added image).
    2. Tap or click Advanced Settings > Sleep Sensitivity.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right.
    2. Go to Settings > Devices and scroll down to Sleep Tracking.

 

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