Apple rolled out sleep tracking for the Apple Watch with the Apple Watch Series 6 and Watch OS 7 recently. I got myself a unit to see how it works and found the sleep tracking experience impressive.
Based on a few week’s of usage, the sleep and wake periods tracked by the smart watch was close to what actually occured, or spot on. That being said, there were also those rare occasions when sleep tracking on the Apple Watch was slightly off.
In fact, I was surprised, in a good way, by how it accurately identified when I fell asleep even though I was reading in bed way past my bedtime. If you look at the picture below, you can see that I was in bed from 2204 hours to 0529 hours, a duration of 7 hours and 25 minutes; I was in bed but not asleep. The watch correctly identified that I probably got 6 hours 46 minutes of sleep.
Recorded sleep data is then synced into the Apple Health app where you can check out your weekly, monthly, and even yearly sleep patterns. Apple Health further presents insights about your sleep from the recorded data in a clear and informative way.
Perhaps to further stress the importance of getting ready for bed, the Apple Watch also has a wind down feature. At 45 minutes before sleep, this is the time I set, the watch would chime and remind me of the bed time and that I should start winding down.
Timely, practical, actionable prompts go a long way towards behaviour change and this is where the Apple Watch trumps other wearables.
And if you do wake up earlier than your set wake time, the Apple Watch detects that and automatically asks if you would like to turn off the alarm and exit sleep mode. Very smart.
They are many aspects of the Apple Watch which I’m not a fan of. That being said, credit has to be given when it is due. Apple Watch’s version of sleep tracking is the most intuitive by far.