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How to track your sleeping with an Apple Watch

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Lacking sleep or poor quality sleep can lead to many health problems that could impact your life and long-term wellbeing. An Apple Watch . can help you track your sleep and analyze your sleep patterns.

Apple Watch comes with a built-in tracker for your sleep that records and monitors your patterns. You can do this with an Apple Watch Series 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 model running WatchOS 7 or higher and an iPhone 6S or later with iOS 14 or higher.

The tracker tracks the time you sleep when you wear your watch to bed. The Sleep app displays your sleeping patterns and shows you when you wake up in the morning.

Be mindful of your watch’s battery. It needs to be charged on a daily basis. You must also make time in your day to ensure that your watch is working at its best. If your Apple Watch is charged less than 30% before you go to bed, it will prompt you to charge it.

We show you how to track your sleeping habits with just the Apple Watch. You can also see our separate guide on monitoring your sleep with an iPhone ..

Track sleep with Apple Watch initial setup

You can use your Apple Watch alone to track your sleep patterns by using the Sleep app to set sleep goals. The Sleep app records how many hours you have slept each night. It will also record your sleep trends over 14 days. Your iPhone will reflect any changes to the parameters of your Apple Watch.

Step 1: On your Apple Watch, navigate to the Sleep app.

Apple Watch Sleep app.

Step 2: Tap the Sleep app and you will see instructions on how to set up a sleep goal and schedule your bed time, wake time, wake up alarm, and reminders.

Apple Watch sleep instructions.

Add a sleep schedule to your Apple Watch

You can have a single sleep schedule for every single day, every work day, or for each individual day of the week. This is how you can set it up.

Step 1: Open the Sleep app and scroll to Full schedule.

Apple Watch sleep schedule setting.

Step 2: Toggle on the Sleep schedule switch.

Apple Watch sleep toggle switch.

Step 3: Set your first schedule. Every day appears as the first option, and you can keep your sleep schedule on every day.

Apple Watch sleep schedule.

Step 4: You can remove any day or days you want from a wake-up alarm, but to track sleep, you’ll likely want all days covered.

Apple Watch sleep alarms shut off.

Step 5: Tap the Alarm button to set a wake up time.

Apple Watch sleep alarm setting.

Step 6: Adjust the time on the alarm clock face using your watch’s Digital Crown and tap the green Checkmark at the bottom right to confirm the time.

Apple Watch sleep alarm setting.

Step 7: Scroll down until you see Bedtime and set that time the same way.

Apple watch bed time setup.

Decide on and view additional sleep options

When you wear your Apple Watch to sleep, the watch uses its accelerometer to detect your motion. Apart from setting up a schedule for sleep, you have many other options with the Apple Watch’s sleep settings.

Alternatively, you can change these options on your iPhone via the Apple Watch app by going to My watch > Sleep.

Step 1: Set a sleep goal. Tap Sleep goal, and set the number of hours you want to sleep.

Apple Watch lets you set a sleep goal.

Step 2: Enabling Sleep tracking lets you measure how well you meet your sleep goals. Your watch will track your sleep and add it to the Health app.

Apple Watch enable sleep tracking control.

Step 3: Choosing an alarm lets you pick from a handful of custom watch wake-up sound effects. Turn Alarm off or on and tap Sound and haptics to choose an alarm sound. It will not make any sounds if your watch is set to silent.

Apple Watch has several alarm choices.

Step 4: Enabling the Wind down option automatically turns on the sleep focus feature, which turns off the watch display and turns on do not disturb so you are not bothered by notifications while sleeping.

Apple Watch Wind Down and Sleep Focus controls.

Step 5: Set up the Sleep screen so you will not be disturbed overnight. Your watch screen and iPhone lock screen will be simplified and dimmed when the sleep screen is on.

Apple Watch sleep screen interface.

Step 6: Scrolling through the Sleep app lets you check whether you’ve met your sleep goals.

Apple Watch Sleep goals result.

Step 7: View your sleep stats directly on the Apple Watch for up to 14 days at a time. The iPhone Health app provides more information. In addition to the stats, it also tracks respiratory data via Browse > Respiratory > Respiratory rate > Show more respiratory rate data.

Apple watch sleep stats.

Why track your sleep? Insomnia can have a negative impact on your daily life. A lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in your quality of your life.

While you sleep, your brain is awake and processing information. This happens as your body builds tissue and creates new cells. While sleep loss can lead to serious illness, good quality sleep can improve your cognitive abilities and physical energy.

Sleep monitoring provides insight into your sleeping patterns and may reveal the causes of fatigue or reveal a sleep disorder. You can improve your sleep by learning about your sleep patterns and behaviors.

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If the leak is accurate, then we’ve got four silicone straps on the way: black, gray, white, and what seems to be a very pale green. Leather straps look to cover black, orange, green and white, while there’s also a fabric option in red, black and green.

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There’s plenty of material to look through here if you can’t wait until the big day – and we will of course be bringing you all the news and announcements as the Google event unfolds. It gets underway at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm BST / 12am AEDT (October 7).


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It’s been a fair while since Google launched itself into a new hardware category, and you could argue that there’s more riding on the Pixel Watch than there is on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro – as Google has been making phones for years at this point.

While Wear OS has been around for a considerable amount of time, Google has been leaving it to third-party manufacturers and partners to make the actual hardware. Samsung recently made the switch back to Wear OS for the Galaxy Watch 5 and the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, for example.

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