Apple has yet to put any sleep tracking software on the Apple Watch, and until battery life gets a lot better we probably shouldn't set expectations high. Right now the company's message is that you should be spending your snooze hours with your smartwatch on charge, but what if you do want insight and analysis for those lost hours?
Enter the third-party developers. There's a handful of sleep tracking apps available on the Watch right now, but, from our own personal experience, some of them are a bit cack.
The ones we've rounded up down below are what we think are the best of what's out there right now. None of them are truly amazing, and if sleep is what you want to track, there are other fitness trackers out there to do the job. But if you're an Apple Watch owner looking to monitor your sleep, these are a good place to start.
This is our favourite of the bunch right now. As its name suggests, AutoSleep's key feature is that it works automatically, unlike many of the other sleep tracker apps that require you to tell them when you get into bed. AutoSleep takes the thinking out of it, but it's also good when it comes to accuracy. When put up against dedicated devices like the Beddit 3, it produced close results, but you can tweak the sensitivity for better accuracy.
$2.99, Download AutoSleep
Sleep++ is one of the most popular Watch sleep apps going, and we reckon it comes down to the simplicity. The app is incredibly bare-boned, showing you a start button, stop button, and a little blue chart to display your sleep patterns. And that's it. Like AutoSleep, it can also write your sleep data to Apple Health, but on the down side you have to tell it when you're going to sleep/waking up.
Free, Download Sleep++
HeartWatch is a neat app that really digs into your heart rate data, and provides alerts if it notices any unusual, potentially concerning, activity. It also tracks your sleep, overlaying the HR data on top, so you can see your waking and sleeping heartbeat, and how they compare to your regular beats. The iPhone app could do with being a little less cluttered, but if you're particularly interested in the relationship between your heart rate and sleep, this is a great little app. We've found accuracy on it to be pretty good too.
$2.99, Download HeartWatch
The first thing that struck us about Pillow was how vibrant it looked, but it's not a bad little sleep tracker either. It uses a combination of movement, sounds and heart rate to follow your patterns, and presents the data in gorgeous, easy-to-read charts. Again though, you have to manually start and stop your sleeps, which may help with accuracy, but it's something you can easily forget to do.
Free, Download Pillow
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