Tracking Sleep With The Fitbit One

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How do you sleep at night? Do fall asleep right away? Do you wake up multiple times a night? What do you think your sleep efficiency is? I know many people would say they don’t sleep well. Whether it’s having a hard time falling asleep, waking up through the night, or simply not getting a truly restful sleep, it seems we are all always striving to sleep better.

I posted last week about how the Fitbit One helps me stay motivated and gets me moving throughout the day. It greets me every morning with cute and inspirational messages.

Fitbit One GreetingIt also is helping me become more knowledgeable about my sleep. When I first started using it, I was impressed to learn that not only is it an activity tracker but it tracks sleep as well.

Here’s a video I made showing how it works:

The wrist strap is very comfortable to wear and after putting it on, I never even notice it. Since I’ve been using it to track my sleep, one of the first things I do every morning is log on to my online Fitbit account to see my stats. I’m always impressed with all of the information it shows and amazed at how many times I wake up during the night.

Here’s a look at a recent night’s sleep.

Fitbit SleepAs you can see it tells you what time you went to bed, how long it took you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up during the night, how long you were in bed, actual sleep time, and your sleep efficiency percentage.

Dave is always saying he can’t believe how quickly I can fall asleep, but 3 minutes?! Even that surprised me. It’s been consistent too. Every night I’ve worn the Fitbit One to bed it records me as having fallen asleep in 3-4 minutes. I wish I could just stay asleep!

All of the pink links throughout the night  show how many times I woke up. In the video above you can see that when you hover over the lines they tell the exact times down to the minute that you are asleep and awake.

It’s all very interesting and eye-opening. While I thought I was making a better effort to go to bed earlier after looking over my sleep stats for the past few weeks I can see that I routinely go to bed between 11:00 – 11:30 pm. I imagine that if did actually go bed earlier I would sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed.

I recommend the Fitbit One to anyone interested in tracking their sleep. It provides helpful information about how efficiently you are sleeping which can lead to the appropriate changes to improve sleep. It also is a fantastic activity tracker that offers motivation and inspiration to get moving throughout the day which in the end will also help improve sleep as well.

Product and compensation were provided. The honest opinions are my own.

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  1. Jennifer Brower says:

    I got my FitBit on Saturday and I’m loving it! I got it for the activity tracking for weight loss but the sleep tracking is really useful! You can also set it to a sensitive tracker and I find that to be more accurate for me. Even though I’m in bed for 6 hrs, I am only sleeping about 3.5. Wow! No wonder I sleep so much on the weekends! And, lack of sleep causes problems with the hormones that control hunger etc.

    Seriously though, I love this thing. It’s like a game because it tells you what exactly you need to do NOW to get to your calorie deficit to lose weight. It gives me the instant gratification that I normally wouldn’t have with weight loss.

  2. md kennedy says:

    My husband keeps saying he sleeps terribly at night, but every time I wake up he is fast asleep and snoring. I so want to get one of these for him so we can get the real story!

  3. Deborah Curran says:

    GUess this will help us figure out why sometimes we wake up tired and other times rested. Very interesting.

  4. carol roberts says:

    this is so what i need i sleep less and less as i get older this is so what i need

  5. Oooh!! I want one of these!! Hubby and I are both such restless sleepers!!! And so tired everyday.

  6. This is actually something I need – I really need to have a sleep study (dr recommended it).

  7. I’ve had my One for about a month now. I like it too but kinda disappointed in the rubber cover, had mine slip out a few times, even at night in the bracelet too. my friend has the zip and it seems more secure in the holder. I do like the messages first thing in the morning too.

  8. Oh my goodness, I’ve been hearing buzz about the Fitbit and have just kind of ignored it. But this? This is awesome! Do you have a discount code or something because I really want one. I looooove that it tracks your sleep on top of your fitness as well. So cool!

  9. Okay, I want one of these! I’m curious how much I actually do sleep at night, opposed to tossing and turning!

  10. Wow, that’s a really cool gadget!

  11. I love using mine. Made me realize even more that I need more sleep.

  12. All these posts about the FitBit make me want one more and more. It is so cool that it tracks your sleep patterns!

  13. I love that it could track sleep. That is so cool! I love the Fitbit!

  14. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now. I love all the features that it has and have heard nothing but good things about it. One of these days I’ll get one!

  15. I would love to track my wife’s sleep. I honestly don’t believe she ever has a deep sleep.
    Don’t know how she keeps going.
    Great gadget.

  16. The only problem I have is that I wear wrist splints every night for my CTS and so I have to clip that on my neckline which probably doesn’t give quite as accurate of a result for me. But overall I LOVE my Fitbit!

  17. This would be absolutely fascinating to use. I have all kinds of sleep issues, whereas my fiance can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. It would be really something to compare our sleep cycles, LOL.

  18. I would love to try this if just to track my sleep!!

  19. Okay, I really really want one of these, if only to track my sleep! I know I wake up a lot at night and am curious what it says.

  20. This looks like a great product for improving my sleep patterns.

  21. That is super cool I would love to use this and see about my sleep patterns and how to improve my rest as well!

  22. That is so cool. I didn’t know you could track your sleep with it. Thanks!

  23. I like that wrist strap better than the one I have!

  24. It look like an awesome upgrade just from the fitbit. I love to know how my sleep is doing

  25. I want one!! It’d be fun to see my nightly sleep cycle! 3 minutes to fall asleep is good!! In average people fall asleep in 7 minutes. So it is not bad!!

  26. This would be wonderful to have, a great way to keep track!

  27. I love my fitbit one! My only problem is I keep forgetting to turn it onto sleep mode so it will track me. I wake up in the morning to turn it off and discovered I never turned it oh. DOH! lol But it is brilliant on the days I remember to use it!

  28. I have the FitBit Zip and LOVE it. But, it can’t track sleep. And it doesn’t tell me cute little messages LOL I wanna trade in my Zip for the ONE :)

  29. I am such a restless sleeper and I bet a FitBit could prove it! Looks like such a neat device. I’m very jealout it only takes you three minutes to fall asleep – that is impressive!

  30. This sounds like a good idea for me–except for my cat who deems it necessary to fully wake me up every 4 hours or so. But then she also comes running if I start coughing–she is a rescue and it makes me wonder if her previous owner died after coughing–she gets really worried!! She also makes me sleep on my back-I prefer my side. Whether or not I sleep when I am allowed to sleep–that would be interesting to know.

  31. I sleep terribly. It would be interesting to see what it says to me! LOL

  32. Looks like a really neat device to have, and pretty cool it tracks how many times you wake up in the night and such!!

  33. I have been wanting one of these, but I am scared to track my sleep. I don’t sleep well or as much as I should. Also great video review!

  34. Sounds like an amazing product

  35. This looks like such a neat gadget. I’d love to track my sleep and see how many times I wake up.

  36. what a great tool to have would love to have one myself :)

  37. OK, that is very cool! I’ve heard of the fitbit one, but had no idea it tracks sleep as well.

  38. Joyce K. says:

    I just started using the FitBit last week. I always knew I didn’t get much sleep, maybe 6 hours a night. My biggest surprise is that I average 4 hours of sleep a night when you take out the time it takes to fall asleep and the times it I wake up through the night. Now I know why I seem to be tired all the time. Working on correcting that now.

  39. So cute! I love the cute comments!

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