Easy, con­ve­nient sleep track­ing

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Free From Cross For­ward Con­sult­ing, Made For iPhone, iPad, Ap­ple Watch Needs iOS 11.0 or later With Ap­ple’s re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of sleep mon­i­tor maker Bed­dit, it seems like only a mat­ter of time be­fore this kind of tech­nol­ogy winds up built into Ap­ple Watch. But you won’t have to wait that long, be­cause there’s a free app that gets the job done to­day.

Sleep++ uses Ap­ple Watch’s mo­tion and health mon­i­tor­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to mea­sure the qual­ity of your sleep, record­ing data to your Health ac­count. The re­sult is a clear un­der­stand­ing of how much rest­ful sleep you’re get­ting each night, how long you were rest­less or awake, and when you had the best sleep.

Best of all, with the lat­est 3.0 app up­date, the process is en­tirely au­to­matic. All you have to do is wear your Ap­ple Watch to sleep, and Sleep++ will have a full re­port ready for you to view the next morn­ing. This is a big im­prove­ment over the pre­vi­ous method, which re­quired Ap­ple Watch own­ers to man­u­ally start and stop sleep track­ing.

Aside from the mi­nor in­con­ve­nience of ad­just­ing your sched­ule so there’s enough bat­tery life left at the end of the day to keep it run­ning overnight, the app works re­mark­ably well. We got in the habit of stick­ing our first-gen Watch on the charger a cou­ple of hours be­fore bed­time, and by morn­ing it still had over 80 per cent bat­tery re­main­ing.

There is, how­ever, one mi­nor dis­ap­point­ment — data from au­to­mat­i­cally recorded nights are only view­able on iPhone. By con­trast, if you

man­u­ally start and stop each ses­sion from your Ap­ple Watch, the watchOS app dis­plays this data right from your wrist as well.

the bot­tom line. It’s hard to imag­ine Ap­ple’s fu­ture built-in sleep track­ing be­ing eas­ier than this — go to bed with your Watch on, there is no step two.

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