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How do I track my sleep with my Fitbit device?

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Fitbit helps you better understand your sleep patterns and quality through a range of sleep tools. 

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What do the different sleep states mean in the Fitbit app?

When your body is completely at rest and unmoving, your Fitbit device records that you are asleep. If you use a Fitbit device with heart-rate tracking (except Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge) to track your sleep, you'll see a record of the sleep stages you cycle through at night. For more information, see What should I know about sleep stages? 

For other devices, 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 device 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 in the Fitbit app?

Sync your Fitbit device 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. On the fitbit.com dashboard, click the sleep tile to view your recent sleep data. 
  • iPhone, iPad & Android phones
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. 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.
  • Windows 10 devices
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap the sleep tile, and then tap Today or another day to see details.
    3. Swipe through the graphics at the top to see your sleep stats.

Note that you can also see your sleep data in Fitbit Today on Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa:

  1. After syncing your watch with the Fitbit app, swipe up from the clock face to see Fitbit Today.
  2. Check the sleep tile to see your sleep information. You may have to swipe up to find it. If you don’t see the sleep tile, tap Settings at the bottom of Fitbit Today and make sure the sleep tile is turned on.
  3. Swipe left on the sleep tile to see the time spent in each sleep stage and your sleep history for the past week.

How is my time asleep calculated in the Fitbit app?

Time asleep is calculated by subtracting your time awake or restless from the overall tracked time. For example, if you slept 8 hours, but woke up 2 times for 15 minutes each, the time asleep will show 7 hr 30 min.

To learn more about your time asleep in sleep stages, see What should I know about sleep stages?

How does my Fitbit device automatically detect sleep?

All of our wrist-based devices automatically detect your sleep, meaning you just need to wear your tracker or watch to bed. For Fitbit Flex 2, do not wear the pendant accessory while sleeping; classic accessory bands are the recommended accessory for sleep tracking.

Autodetection is based on your movement. When you haven’t moved for about an hour, your device assumes that you’re asleep. Additional data—such as the length of time your movements are indicative of sleep behavior (such as rolling over)—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 device to falsely record sleep, in which case you can delete the sleep log from your history.

If you wear a Fitbit device with heart-rate tracking (except Charge HR and Surge) to sleep, 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?

How do I change my sleep goal in the Fitbit app?

Change your sleep goal in the Fitbit app. Only time spent asleep counts towards your sleep goal, not time spent in bed awake.
  • iPhone, iPad & Android phones
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap the gear in the top right.
    3. Adjust your sleep goal and save.
  • Windows 10 devices
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap the moon icon on the bottom.
    3. Adjust your sleep goal and save.

How do I manage sleep insights in the Fitbit app?

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. 

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Sleep insights are turned on by default; to turn them off:
 

  • iPhone, iPad & Android phones
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap the gear in the top right.
    3. Find the option to turn off sleep insights.
  • Windows 10 devices
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap or click the moon icon on the bottom.
    3. Find the option to turn off sleep insights.

How do I set a sleep schedule in the Fitbit app?

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 in the Fitbit app?

Set a bedtime reminder in the Fitbit app to help you maintain a consistent sleep schedule. When it's time to wind down for bed, a push notification is sent to your paired phone. You can also see a reminder on some Fitbit devices.

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.

  • iPhone, iPad & Android phones
    1. From the dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap the gear icon in the top right.
    3. Turn on the bedtime reminder and set the time and frequency.
    To see a reminder on Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Ionic, and Fitbit Versa, make sure notifications from the Fitbit app are turned on. For instructions, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?
  • Windows 10 devices
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the sleep tile.
    2. Tap the moon icon on the bottom.
    3. Find the option to turn on the reminder and set the time and frequency.
    To see a reminder on Fitbit Charge 3, Fitbit Ionic, and Fitbit Versa, make sure notifications from the Fitbit app are turned on. For instructions, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?

Can my Fitbit device log a nap?

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

How do I edit my sleep history in the Fitbit app?

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 device'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 if you use a Fitbit device with heart-rate tracking to detect your sleep stages, this setting doesn't apply.

  • 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 device 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.
If you use the Fitbit app for Android you must change your sleep sensitivity setting on fitbit.com.
  • iPad, iPhone & Windows 10 devices
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon ( User-added image).
    2. Tap 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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    Last updated: December 17, 2018
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