How can I use my Fitbit device to sleep better?
Full of tips and tricks on Fitbit devices and features, this guide can help you achieve a consistent sleep cycle. Check out the steps below to get your sleep habits on track.
Get ready—Get your sleep schedule on track
Sleep, slumber, snooze—whatever you call it, sleep is a crucial part of feeling your best every day. Though everyone is different, the CDC recommends that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep each night (source). Fitbit sleep tools are here to help you get more Zzz's.
Your body appreciates consistency. Going to bed and waking up at a consistent time every day can help you wake up feeling refreshed. Studies show a full night’s rest can help you:
To get your sleep schedule on track, start by setting a sleep goal in the Fitbit app. Next, the app will suggest ideal times you can go to bed and wake up to meet your goal, but you can adjust these times as needed.
After you find the sleep schedule that works for you, set a bedtime reminder in the Fitbit app to let you know when it’s time to start winding down. For instructions, see How do I track my sleep with my Fitbit device?
When it’s close to your bedtime, you should stop checking your phone, drinking a lot of water, and eating heavy snacks. Engage in some relaxing activities, like taking a bath, reading a book or magazine, or even squeezing in a nighttime yoga session.
If you’re a light sleeper, minimize distractions before you get tucked in. For most Fitbit devices, turn on the setting to snooze notifications while you’re asleep to avoid any midnight wakeups. For other Fitbit devices, turn on do not disturb on your phone to avoid notifications. For more information, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?
Get set—Wear your Fitbit device to bed
Your Fitbit device automatically tracks your sleep for you, including your sleep stages (Light, Deep, and REM sleep stages) or sleep patterns (time you spent awake, restless, and asleep).
Before you get tucked in, make sure your Fitbit device is fully charged. A low battery prevents your device from tracking your sleep stages. To charge your device, see How do I charge my Fitbit device?
Avoid waking up during deep sleep so you're more likely to wake up feeling refreshed. When you set an alarm in the Alarms app on certain Fitbit devices, use Smart Wake to allow your device to find the best time to wake you, starting 30 minutes before the set time. For more information, see How do I manage alarms on my Fitbit device?
Fitbit estimates your sleep stages using a combination of your movement and heart-rate patterns. To make sure you get the most accurate reading, check that you’re wearing your device properly. We also recommend you wear your device in a snug band. Do not wear the pendant accessory while sleeping. Heart rate tracking may not work with certain accessory bands, especially if they're loose fitting.
Get to sleep!—Check your stats tomorrow
Before you can adjust your sleep habits, you have to figure out how much sleep you’re currently getting and whether it works for you. Check your sleep data in the morning to find patterns in your sleep habits and adjust your schedule accordingly.
In the Fitbit app, check your average sleep duration and quality and pay attention to how you feel each day. If you notice you feel sluggish, you might need to adjust your sleep schedule.
If you’re still having trouble falling asleep after adjusting your schedule, try changing up some of your other habits, such as your caffeine intake or workout schedule, that may be interfering with your sleep quality. Keep reading for some helpful tips: