Here’s how to track sleep on your Apple Watch

Nothing is worse than waking up in the morning feeling light-headed and lethargic because you didn’t sleep well. We need our sleep to feel energized and ready to take on our busy lives each day. This is where your Apple Watch can help.

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How can my Apple Watch help me sleep?

The Apple Watch device has a unique feature called the Sleep App. This app lets you create sleep schedules so you can meet your bedtime goals every single night. As long as you wear your watch on your wrist when you go to bed, the Sleep app tracks your sleep patterns throughout the night and tells you how long you stayed in each sleep stage (REM, core, and deep sleep).

This feature is available on all watches with the OS7 update, including the Apple Watch Series 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

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What features are available in the Sleep app?

The sleep app has all sorts of useful features to ensure you get the best sleep possible. You can create multiple schedules for different days of the week depending on what you want to achieve for that night. Some great features include:

  • Set a sleep goal (how many hours of sleep you want to achieve)
  • Set when you want to go to bed and wake up
  • An alarm clock to wake you up in the morning
  • When to turn on Sleep Focus to limit bedtime distractions and keep you safe in bed
  • Sleep tracking that uses your movement to detect sleep
  • When your watch has 30% or less charge, it can warn you to charge it before you put it on to sleep
Here's where to find the Sleep app on your Apple Watch.

Here’s where to find the Sleep app on your Apple Watch.
(Apple)

How to set up the Sleep app on the Apple Watch

  • Open the Sleep app on your Apple Watch (the blue app that looks like a bed)
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up

Once your sleep app is set up on your device, you can customize all the features to your liking to get the best possible results.

How to change or turn off your alarm clock

They realize "bedtime" Spirit "Wake up" Alerts on your Apple Watch.

You can set a “bedtime” and “wake up” alarm on your Apple Watch.
(Apple)

  • Open the Sleep app
  • Tap your current bedtime
  • If you don’t want to be woken up in the morning, select Turn off alarm
  • If you want to change your alarm time, tap Alarm time and turn the Digital Crown to set a new time.
  • Press the tick icon when done

How to change or add a sleep schedule

  • Open the Sleep app
  • Tap Full schedule
  • To change a sleep schedule, tap Current Schedule and change the days, wake time, and bedtime
  • To add a sleep schedule, tap Add schedule
  • To change your sleep goal, tap Sleep Goal and set your desired sleep duration
  • To change your relaxation time, tap Relax and set how long you want Sleep Focus to be active before bed
  • To remove or cancel a schedule, tap Current Schedule and scroll down. Select “Delete schedule”.

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How to change sleep options

  • Open your Settings app
  • Tap Sleep and adjust settings (Turn on at shutdown, Sleep Screen, Show Time)
  • Turn sleep tracking and charging reminders on or off

How to view your recent sleep history

The Apple Watch can track your sleep stages.

The Apple Watch can track your sleep stages.
(Apple)

  • Open your Sleep app
  • Scroll down to see your sleep stats from the last night, including the amount of sleep you got in each sleep stage and your sleep average over the last 14 days.
You can see how many hours you slept each night.

You can see how many hours you slept each night.
(Apple)

How to display your breathing rate while sleeping

After wearing your Apple Watch to bed, you can see how your breathing was throughout the night while you slept by checking the Health app on your iPhone.

  • Open the Health app on your iPhone
  • Choose Browse
  • Choose breathing
  • Select breath rate
  • Select Show more respiration rate data
The Apple Watch can also track your breathing rate while you sleep.

The Apple Watch can also track your breathing rate while you sleep.
(Apple)

What are the Latest Apple Watches I Should Consider?

This fall, Apple released a slew of new products, including three new smartwatches that track your health, last all day, and save your life. I was with Tim Cook at Apple Park in Cupertino, California as he introduced the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE and the all-new Apple Watch Ultra.

Be sure to read my reviews of these Apple Watches by going to CyberGuy.com and searching “Apple Watch”.

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