Fitbit Sleep Tracking


If you want to get a comprehensive overview of how healthy and fit you really are, you need to take a lot more things into consideration than just your weight alone. Your height plays an important role as well as body shape, body fat, how much sleep you get, the kind of food you eat, how much water you drink and more. In today’s society, where the pressure to look good and feel great is now more than ever before, things like Fitbit sleep tracking sure have made life a little easier.

Let’s take a closer peek…

Fitbit sleep tracker

Fitbit sleep tracking gives you an on-the-go way of tracking not only the calories you’re eating, the fluid you’re drinking, the calories you’re burning off in the form of exercise, but also how much sleep you’re getting each night and whether or not that sleep is actually good sleep or bad sleep.

How does Fitbit sleep tracking work? 

Using accelerometers in the device, Fitbit sleep tracking can measure many things. The steps you take are easily tracked and stored, and it’ll know when you’re sleeping and also when you’re tossing and turning too. When you haven’t moved for an hour or more, it is safe to assume you would be sleeping and this is what makes the smart device so smart.

When you get up first thing in the morning, the Fitbit sleep tracking device recognizes that you are moving again and therefore assumes you are awake, tracking the steps you take now to work out how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day. It’s one of the only devices on the market to offer such a comprehensive view into your own health.

Of course, there are times where the Fitbit sleep tracking device gets it wrong. If you roll over in your sleep, for example, it might think that you have awoken. Not only that but if you are sat reading for too long, it might think you’re sleep and start to track that. It’s easy enough to delete the records but if you don’t, it could mess up with your charts slightly. Just like many other things in life, this is a device that can encounter errors but thankfully, they are easily enough rectified.

There are different modes on offer, giving you everything you could need. There’s the Fitbit Ultra, One, Zip and Flex, and Fitbit Surge, Force, Charge and Charge HR. The first four have manually entered times that you fell asleep and it will monitor how restless your sleep was for that night. The latter options will track you as being asleep after one hour of no movement. The various modes give you even more ways to control everything.

Using the Modes

With different touches, you can activate different modes making it easier to understand. Wearing your device to bed will give you the option to use Charge, Force, Charge HR and Surge methods which will automatically track your sleep patterns based on whether or not you are moving.

Tap Flex for a couple of seconds and you have another mode on offer. This time, the device learns you are going to bed because you have just told it so. The Goal Progress will be turned off. You can turn the night mode off by tapping again for a couple of seconds.

You can also activate One and Ultra modes by tapping on these, offering more ways to track the amount of sleep you’re getting and the quality of it.

Fitbit Sleep Tracking – FAQ’s

How does Sleep Goal Tracking work? 

You can set your device to have goals to encourage you to get more sleep or better quality of sleep. Using the dashboard you can enter your goals easily with the gear icon.

What Are Sensitive and Normal Sleep Settings? 

When you have the normal settings activated, only normal sleep movements are tracked such as when you roll over in your bed.

If you tend to sleep quite lightly or wake up very tired, it is worth looking at the sensitive sleep settings which monitor and track every movements during your sleep, no matter how minute or small.

How Easy Is Changing the Sleep Patterns? 

Using the settings in your Fitbit settings dashboard, you can easily change the settings on your Fitbit sleep tracking device. You can easily switch between normal and sensitive using the gear icon.

What Are the Sleep States? 

When you toss and turn in your sleep, you are experiencing restless sleep and this is not considered to be good quality of sleep. Your body won’t be getting all the benefits of good quality sleep including cell rejuvenation.

Restless sleep state means that you were moving in your sleep and therefore not getting a good night’s sleep.

What is Sleep Efficiency? 

There is a formula used with the Fitbit sleep tracing system which works out how efficiently you are sleeping. 100 * time asleep / (time restless + time asleep + time awoken during sleep) is that formula in case you were wondering.

Where Should I Wear It? 

During sleep, wearing the device on your torso isn’t advised because it won’t get the full range of motion. You are more likely to move just one hand or arm than you are your entire body. By wearing it on your hand / wrist, you’re more likely to capture more high quality information.

My Fitbit is Tracking Incorrect Information 

Sometimes you may find it says you are asleep when you are awake or vice versa and although this is annoying, you can easily resolve the situation manually using your dashboard. You can log naps if you have the right sensitivity setting, but sometimes you may find that it encounters small errors due to you moving too vigorously at night, or staying too still during the day.