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Tracking sleep with the Fitbit app for iOS

Last updated: Dec 12, 2013 11:43AM

You can use the Fitbit app to track sleep, edit sleep logs, and view your historic sleep log.

Tracking sleep

You have multiple options to track sleep using your Fitbit tracker and the Fitbit App for iOS. 

Use your tracker to start the sleep log

See your tracker's Product Manual for more information.

Begin a sleep log in the Fitbit app

  1. Open the Fitbit app.
  2. Tap the sleep tile on your dashboard. 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.
  3. Tap the + icon in the top right corner.
  4. Tap Begin Sleep Now.

    Your sleep is now being tracked. If you minimize the Fitbit app by pressing the home button, your sleep will continue to be tracked. When you wake up, just open the Fitbit app again, tap I'm Awake, then tap View Summary to see a summary of your sleep. 

Create a sleep log manually

  1. Open the Fitbit app
  2. Tap the sleep tile on your dashboard. 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.
  3. Tap the + icon in the top right corner.
  4. Tap Add Sleep Log.
  5. Choose your start and end time.
  6. Tap Log.

    Your sleep log will now show for the times that you've designated. Follow the steps below to edit the sleep log.     

Editing sleep logs

Regardless of which method you chose to log your sleep, you can always edit the sleep log to better reflect your time asleep. 

  1. Open the Fitbit App
  2. Tap the sleep tile on your dashboard. 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.
  3. Tap the sleep log that you want to edit.
  4. Edit the start and end times.
  5. Tap Log.
    Note: To delete a sleep log, swipe your finger on the log you want to erase from left to right, then tap Delete.

Viewing your sleep stats

The time represented in the app is calculated by subtracting your time awake or restless from the overall tracked time. For example, if you were to sleep 8 hours, but were awakened 2 times for 15 minutes each, the time asleep will show 7h30min with 2x awake. 

This is meant to show your effective sleep quality, based on whether you were asleep, restless, or fully awake. 

You can adjust your tracker's sleep sensitivity on Fitbit.com from your web browser if you feel that it is recording your sleep incorrectly.

Rotate your phone or tap the sleep pattern bar to view more detailed data for a variety of periods. On the 1d view, you can drag your finger across the bar, and see the precise times that you were asleep, awake, and restless. Rotate your phone again, or tap the back arrow in the lower-left corner to return to the Sleep tab. 

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