For our first deeper dive into Fitness Tracking Devices we take a look at how our 3 devices track sleep.
UP3 -Kim: For the wearable challenge, I am trying the Jawbone UP3. According to the Jawbone website, the UP3 uses advanced sensors to track your true sleep stages—REM, Light, and Deep. Keeping track of my sleep has helped me become more aware of my sleep habits. The more I use this feature, the better I like it—and find the information useful. It appears as Jawbone has done some updates recently to their app, as my frustrations regarding the sleep data has been corrected. It is interesting to review the different sleep stages. One of the best features I like about the UP3 is that I have an alarm set for a reminder to head to bed. I do find I have to be careful as I have accidentally clicked on the sleep mode. Prior to the updates, I was unable to figure out how to go in and adjust for inappropriate tracking. Another feature I’m enjoying is the sleep tips by the smart coach. Now that I can edit the time, I’m finding the sleep feature a nice addition to this wearable device.
Overall Rating: Prior to update a 2, now with the update, 4.5
FitBit Charge HR – Terra: For me, the sleep tracking was one of the most desirable features of the FitBit. As a chronic, tosser and turner, I wanted to quantify how much sleep I was really getting. For that purpose, the band works great and was very easy to set up and learn how to use. After I soothed my curiosity, is there really a need for me to know how much I sleep I get? Not really, but it is pretty fun to know.
As you can see here, the dashboard makes it really easy to see your results. You can even tell how many times I pressed snooze on this day.
Overall Rating: 5
Garmin VioFit – Jason: I have the Garmin Vivofit which has a “sleep tracker” built into the device. While this is a feature I don’t use much, mainly because it’s just not clear to me how well they work and what I am supposed to get from it, but for purposes of a review I tried it out.
First, you will set up your profile under the Garmin Connect application on your phone or pc. The Connect application is going to have you set-up a time frame of when you typically go to sleep, ie…10pm -6am and the device will track your movement through the night. Otherwise, you can just hold the button on the device down until it goes past “sync” to “sleep” before you go to bed and then press it again when you wake up.
The next day you will get a report of your movement throughout the night. It’s interesting to see the graph of how you slept that night.
Here is how it looks on the app:
It appears it took me a while to get to sleep based on my movements in the beginning, through the night a little restless maybe and I was up before 6am. I am not quite sure if this is good sleep or not, but I usually have plenty of energy through the day.
The Garmin also comes with a “nap” feature that you can start at times that are out of your night time patterns. This seems to be a feature unique to sleep tracking, but as you can see…I am not getting any naps in!
Overall Rating: 3.8
* These devices were purchased by Be Well South Dakota. Be Well South Dakota does not endorse any product, we are simply providing our personal opinions on our experiences with these devices.