iOS 14: How to Use Bedtime on iPhone to Track Your Sleep

To have sound sleep is essential for physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Improper sleep cycles can affect your mood, creativity, and productivity, which is why in iOS 14, the Sleep Schedule feature (called Bedtime in iOS 13 and 12) is quite essential. In this post, we’ve explained how to set up and use Bedtime for sleep tracking on the iPhone. Let’s learn about its workings and make the most of this handy option!

How Does Bedtime Know When You Go to Bed?

Between work, family, friends, smartphone, Netflix shows, online shopping, we often compromise on a steady sleep cycle. The Bedtime feature is dedicated to improving your sleep.

After you set a bedtime and wake-up time, the Clock app will remind you to go to bed and wake you up when it’s time. But that’s not all; you can even track your sleep. While not as accurate as some third-party sleep tracking apps, it still does a pretty decent job.

Note: Earlier Bedtime was in the Clock app on both the iPhone and iPad. But with iOS 14, it is now in the Health app. However, since the Health app is not present on the iPad, you will find this option in the Clock app on the latest iPadOS 14.

How to Setup Bedtime on iPhone in iOS 14

  1. Open the Health app and tap on Browse.
  2. Tap on Sleep.
  3. Tap on Get StartedNext.Tap on Sleep in Browse Tab and Tap on Get Started then Tap on Next in Health App on iPhone
  4. Under sleep goal, by default, it shows 8 hours. You can change it by tapping the minus (-) or plus (+) buttons. After this, tap on Next.Set up Sleep Goal by Tapping on Plus or Minus icon and then Tap on Next on iPhone
  5. Set your schedule. By default, all days are selected. Suppose you do not want the alarm to ring on Saturday or Sunday (or any chosen day), tap on the initial (S) to deselect them. Next, choose the Bedtime (when you want to be reminded about going to sleep) and wake up time. Drag the ends of the rotator to change the time. See the screenshot below.Set your Bedtime and Wake up Schedule in Health App on iPhone
    Scroll to the bottom. The default options here are suitable. But if needed, you may change them – like Sound, Snooze, etc. Finally, tap on Add from the top right.Check Alarm Option and Tap on Add on iPhone
  6. Review your settings. If you had excluded some days (like Saturday, Sunday), you might also Add a Schedule For Other Days. The steps are the same. Finally, tap on Next.
  7. Accordingly, choose to Enable Sleep Mode or not.
  8. Read the description for Wind Down and choose to enable it or not.Review Settings Tap on Next and Choose Enable Sleep Mode or Not then Select Option to Enable Wind Down or Not on iPhone
  9. You can choose to set up Wind Down Shortcuts. For this, tap on Set Up Shortcuts → select the desired shortcut (I like to listen to Spotify before falling asleep). Tap on Next.Tap on Shortcut and then Tap on Next on iPhone
    Tap on Shortcut and then Tap on Next on iPhoneAfter this, the lockscreen will have a ‘Shortcuts’ button. When you tap on it, you can choose the desired Shortcut and go there directly. This eliminates the need to open the Home screen and see app badges or notifications – things that would invite you to check them and disturb your sleep.Siri Shortcut on Bedtime iPhone Lock Screen
  10. Finally, review the settings one last time and tap on Done.Tap on Done to Setup Bedtime on iPhone

You have successfully set up the Bedtime schedule.

How to Turn On or Off Bedtime on iPhone

Do not want to use Bedtime permanently or temporarily for a few days? Here’s how to effortlessly turn it off or on.

  1. Open the Health app → BrowseSleep.
  2. Tap on the card that says Full Schedule & Options.Tap on Sleep in Browse Tab and then tap on Full Schedule & Option on iPhone
  3. Turn off the toggle for Sleep Schedule. Follow the same steps to turn it back on.Turn Off Bedtime on iPhone

How to Change the Time Or Days for Bedtime Alarms

  1. Open the Health app → BrowseSleep.
  2. Tap on Full Schedule & Options card.
  3. Tap on Edit.
  4. Under Days Active, tap to select or deselect the days.Customize Bedtime Days in Health app on iPhone
  5. Under Bedtime and Wake Up, drag the ends to reconfigure the Bedtime and wake up time.
  6. Tap on Done to save the new changes.Ccustomize Bedtime and Wake up Time in Health App on iPhone

How to Customize Bedtime Alarm

In iOS 14, options are simplified. Everything is under proper tabs. All you have to do is carefully read the option name, the text below it, and make changes as desired. Here’s some guidance on how to customize the Sleep Schedule on iPhone.

  1. Start by launching the Health app. Tap on BrowseSleep.
  2. Tap on the card for Full Schedule & Options. We already saw how to change time, days, or enable and disable Sleep Schedule in the above section. So, let us scroll down and focus on Additional Details.Tap on Sleep on Browse tab in Health app Tap on Full Schedule & Options and then Tap on Additional Details
  3. Tap on Sleep Goal to change it.
  4. Tap on Wind Down to re-set it as desired.
  5. Tap on Wind Down Shortcuts to add another shortcut or remove the existing one.
  6. Tap on Options. All toggles here are enabled. These default settings are perfect for most. But you can read the text below each option and disable them if needed.Tap on Option to Customize Bedtime Alarm Settings on iPhone

How to Check Your Sleep History

  1. Open the Health app and tap on Browse. Next, tap on Sleep.
  2. The first graph here shows your sleep data. Tap on W (week) or M (month) to view the desired graphs.
  3. Tap on Show More Sleep Data to dive deep. Here you can see the average time in bed, average time asleep, etc.Tap on Sleep in Browse tab in Health app to Check Sleep History on iPhone

Notes:

  • To manually enter sleep data, tap on Add Data from the top right.
  • If you use your iPhone when you’re supposed to be in bed, you won’t get credit for that time. Or, if you snooze the Wake alarm, the time that you stay in bed updates to match.

Signing off

Bedtime tracks time that you spend in bed, not how much or how well? Additionally, it reminds you to sleep and does not help you fall asleep. But you can always use third-party sleep-inducing apps to help you sleep.

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