If you don’t know how to track sleep with an iPhone and Apple Watch, we are going to help you out. With the arrival of WatchOS 7, the Sleep app for the Apple Watch joined our lives. People have been waiting for this feature for years. It is not the most complete app but it has certain features that make it an interesting option.
How to track sleep with an iPhone and Apple Watch?
The Sleep app is available on your Apple Watch with watchOS 7, so you don’t have to install anything. When we open it for the first time we will have to set up our sleep schedule.
Apple Watch does not automatically detect this, so we will have to set a fixed schedule. For example, we tell it that we’re going to bed at 23:30 at night and that we’re going to wake up at 6:45 on weekdays. This will set an alarm, so don’t set a time on days you don’t want to be wake up early. If we sleep with the Apple Watch on it will wake us up without making noise. It will simply make a few small vibrations that will wake us up.
If we set a Sleep timer on the Apple Watch you should know that sleep mode will also be activated on your iPhone. The phone will stop sending us notifications and will automatically go into do not disturb mode.
We can also set the sleep schedule from the iPhone if we do not want to do it from the Apple Watch:
- Open the Health app
- Go to the Sleep section and tap on it.
- Configure current schedule, schedule for other days, time to relax, and whatever you want.
- From the Sleep app on the iPhone, you can see how long you have slept, the heart rate while you were sleeping, the average of the last seven days, as well as the increases or decreases in the time you have spent sleeping.
In order to activate the sleep monitoring, at least 30% battery power is required. The watch uses the micro-movements of the accelerometer to detect that we are asleep. It does not offer data on sleep phases for now.