Easy, convenient sleep tracking
Free From Cross Forward Consulting, david-smith.org 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.