How to use Sleep Tracking on Apple Watch in watchOS 8

how to use sleep tracking on apple watch

watchOS 8 is here with some great new features, including improved sleep tracking. Apple has taken a holistic approach to sleep with a focus on helping users go to bed and wake up consistently. 

Your Apple Watch and iPhone will assist you in following a personalized sleep-wake routine to experience better health. So let’s learn all about how to use sleep tracking in watchOS 8.

What data does Sleep Tracking monitor?

It’s not clear yet what specific data will be monitored by the sleep tracking feature on watchOS 8. However, Apple has revealed that it will use machine learning to monitor your sleep motion from the wrist.

Further, it will keep track of micromovements, such as the rise and fall of your breath, to assess the quality of your sleep. The focus will be on promoting better sleep hygiene rather than merely providing data insights.

watchOS 8 introduces monitoring of sleeping respiratory rate, or how many breaths you take per minute while asleep. You can see how your personal insights trend looks on the Health app.

How to activate Sleep Tracking in watchOS 8

Apple introduced Sleep in watchOS 7 that you can use to activate sleep tracking on your Apple Watch. You’ll be able to use the Sleep app in watchOS 8.

You can plan your resting periods and use your Apple Watch to monitor your sleep cycles. This can help you create routines and achieve your slumber goals.

  1. On your Apple Watch, open Sleep and you set your first schedule. You can choose to monitor sleep every day or only on specific days of the week.

    open sleep app and set up sleep monitor on apple watch
  2. You can then set your Wakeup Time and choose to Set An Alarm or have no alarm.
  3. Then, you can set your target Bedtime and tap Next to finalize.

    activate sleep tracking on apple watch
  4. You can repeat the process to set other sleep schedules as required. For instance, if you want to sleep for different hours on weekends and weekdays.
  5. When enabled, Sleep Tracking will automatically turn on Do Not Disturb before your bedtime and help you get in a relaxed frame of mind with Wind Down.

What is Wind Down Mode?

Wind Down minimizes distractions to help you get to bed at your specified time. It does this by helping you create and maintain a personalized evening routine with actions such as using your favorite meditation app, playing some relaxing music, etc.

How does Wind Down work?

Every evening, according to the schedule you set, Wind Down will make changes on your iPhone and Apple Watch screens to help you sleep better. Let’s take a look at the features.

1. Wind Down Screen

The Wind Down screen is designed to help you mentally transition into a more relaxed state of mind before turning in for the night. It’ll dim your iPhone screen, and Night Mode will minimize blue light.

2. Do Not Disturb

Wind Down will turn on Do Not Disturb on your iPhone and prevent your screen from lighting up with notifications. This will help you stay away from any distractions so you can calm down and relax as you prepare for bed.

3. Wind Down Shortcuts

On the Wind Down screen, you’ll see suggested apps to help you relax such as your favorite meditation app or Music. This can help soothe your mind and get you in the ideal relaxed state for sound sleep.

4. Apple Watch Sleep Mode

Lastly, just like your iPhone, your Apple Watch screen will also dim and enter Sleep Mode. This means the display will be turned off, and when tapped, a sleep timer will appear.

As for waking up the next morning, you can set a gentle alarm or even choose to be woken with the haptic touch that will buzz you awake without disturbing anyone else in the room.

You will rise to see a greeting on your watch screen along with an indication of the battery level so that you can remember to charge it if needed.

Note: If your Apple Watch battery is running too low an hour ahead of bedtime, ‌you will be reminded to charge it for uninterrupted sleep tracking.

Where to find Apple Watch Sleep Tracking data

When you wake up in the morning, you will see a visualization of your night’s slumber, including periods of wake and sleep. You’ll also see a chart showing your weekly sleep trend.

This data will be integrated into the Sleep section of the Health app on your iPhone.

There you can see insights about your sleep and sleep schedules as well as how they vary over time.

What are your thoughts about Sleep Tracking on watchOS 8? Let us know in the comments below. Also, in case you have an older Apple Watch that doesn’t support watchOS 8, there are a number third-party sleep tracking apps you can use.

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