With Apple Watch, you can track your sleep using third-party apps that show you how well you sleep, how often you get up, and ultimately provide the data you need for a better night’s sleep.
Apple Watch doesn’t automatically track your sleep with built-in apps, but you can use free Apple Watch apps and iPhone apps to track your sleep habits with Apple Watch.
The best app to monitor your sleep on Apple Watch is Gyroscope. It’s free to download and automatically starts monitoring your sleep when you lie in bed.
To accurately track your sleep with Apple Watch, you must wear the Apple Watch to bed. That means you’ll want a comfortable Apple Watch strap and need to plan your charging.
How to Track Your Sleep with Apple Watch
There are several apps you can use to monitor sleep using your Apple Watch. I use Gyroscope, an all-around tracker that gives you a good overview of your movement and sleep. You can choose another option, here are the best sleep tracking apps for Apple Watch.
You need to download one of these apps, install it on your iPhone and then on your Apple Watch. There is a small setup process in each app to create an account and fill in other personal information.
Most of them automatically start tracking your sleep when you lie down during the night, as long as you wear your Apple Watch.
In my experience, I like the Gyroscope app, which does a good job of knowing if I’ve fallen asleep while watching a movie or reading in bed.
You’ll probably want to try a few different apps to find the one that works best for you. I like that it lets me set the sleep time if the gyroscope is off from the moment I actually fall asleep.
When I go to bed, I turn on my Apple Watch so it doesn’t blind me or my wife in the middle of the night. To do this,
- Swipe up from the bottom of Apple Watch
- Tap on the mask / faces icon.
This disables the wake up feature and you can tap the same icon in the morning.
You’ll also want to set up Do Not Disturb on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
The battery life of the Apple Watch 3 is good enough, I can charge it when I shower in the morning and evening, and I rarely run out of charge. You’ll probably need to get a full charge once a week, but you can still monitor your sleep most nights without Apple Watch battery life issues.