Full of tips and tricks on Fitbit devices and features, this guide can help you achieve a consistent sleep cycle. Check out the steps below to get your sleep habits on track.
GET READY—GET YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE ON TRACK
Sleep, slumber, snooze—whatever you call it, sleep is a crucial part of feeling your best every day. Though everyone is different, the CDC recommends that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep each night (source). Fitbit sleep tools are here to help you get more Zzz's.
Your body appreciates consistency. Going to bed and waking up at a consistent time every day can help you wake up feeling refreshed. Studies show a full night’s rest can help you:
To get your sleep schedule on track, start by setting a sleep goal in the Fitbit app. Next, the app will suggest ideal times you can go to bed and wake up to meet your goal, but you can adjust these times as needed.
After you find the sleep schedule that works for you, set a bedtime reminder in the Fitbit app to let you know when it’s time to start winding down. For instructions, see How do I track my sleep with my Fitbit device?
When it’s close to your bedtime, you should stop checking your phone, drinking a lot of water, and eating heavy snacks. Engage in some relaxing activities, like taking a bath, reading a book or magazine, or even squeezing in a nighttime yoga session.
If you’re a light sleeper, minimize distractions before you get tucked in. For most Fitbit devices, turn on the setting to snooze notifications while you’re asleep to avoid any midnight wakeups. For other Fitbit devices, turn on do not disturb on your phone to avoid notifications. For more information, see How do I get notifications from my phone on my Fitbit device?
GET SET—WEAR YOUR FITBIT DEVICE TO BED
Your Fitbit device automatically tracks your sleep for you, including your sleep stages (Light, Deep, and REM sleep stages) or sleep patterns (time you spent awake, restless, and asleep).
Fitbit estimates your sleep stages using a combination of your movement and heart-rate patterns. To make sure you get the most accurate reading, check that you’re wearing your device properly. We also recommend you wear your device in a snug band. Do not wear the pendant accessory while sleeping. Heart rate tracking may not work with certain accessory bands, especially if they're loose fitting.
GET TO SLEEP!—CHECK YOUR STATS TOMORROW
Before you can adjust your sleep habits, you have to figure out how much sleep you’re currently getting and whether it works for you. Check your sleep data in the morning to find patterns in your sleep habits and adjust your schedule accordingly.
In the Fitbit app, check your average sleep duration and quality and pay attention to how you feel each day. If you notice you feel sluggish, you might need to adjust your sleep schedule.
Use the Relax app
Try deep breathing exercises to shift your body and mind into a more relaxed state and prepare for sleep. For more information, see How do I track and manage stress with my Fitbit device?
Log your food to track your caffeine and sugar intake
Caffeine and sugar may interfere with your sleep. Caffeine has a half-life of 5 to 7 hours, so any caffeine you ingest at 3:00 pm is still in your system at 8:00 pm. Stick to no more than 4 8-ounce cups of coffee per day, and cut back on sugar.
Check your food log to see how much caffeine and sugar you’re consuming and when. For more information, see:
Log your workouts to track your activity
Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and wake up less frequently. Try consistently meeting your activity or exercise goals, improving your cardio fitness score, or increasing your daily active minutes. For more information, see:
Adjust your workout schedule
Pay attention to how you sleep after working out in the morning versus at night. If working out too early or too close to bedtime impacts your sleep quality, try a new schedule. For more information, see Working Out Can Improve Your Sleep—Here’s How!
Use alarms to help you stay on track
Set an alarm to remind you to stop consuming caffeine and sugar at a specific time of day. For more information, see How do I manage alarms on my Fitbit device?