Top Best Sleep Tracking Apps for Apple Watch

Sleep tracking with Apple Watch is a great way to get new insights into your sleep habits and trends over time. There are several different sleep tracking apps available for the Apple Watch, including Apple’s own variations.

Read on as we round up the best sleep tracking apps for Apple Watch by comparing Apple’s own solution to the competition.

Built-in Apple Watch sleep tracking

With the release of watchOS 7 in 2020, the Apple Watch added official support for sleep tracking without the need for a third-party app.

We took a look at the experience when it was released, explaining that Apple is pairing the Apple Watch’s sleep tracking capabilities with new iPhone features like Wind Down and Wake Up for a seamless experience across multiple devices.

The Apple Watch has a new sleep app, as well as a sleep mode that hides your regular watch face and instead shows you the current time, as well as the time your alarm is set to. It also disables features such as the Lift to Wake feature so your watch face doesn’t light up in the middle of the night.

To view sleep data tracked by Apple Watch, you can go to the Sleep app on Apple Watch or the Health app on iPhone. The evidence here is limited. Apple just shows your sleep time as well as your heart rate range. This is where third-party apps still prove useful. They have a lot more data to offer than Apple’s native implementation, and you don’t have to wait until fall to get started.

How about battery life?

Before you start tracking your sleep with your Apple Watch, you need to make a plan for when you’ll be charging your watch. There are two main options here: before bed or after waking up in the morning. One of the key changes for me was placing an additional Apple Watch charger on my desk instead of on my nightstand.

It’s much easier for me to charge before bed every night. If I charge my Apple Watch around 8:00 pm, after I’ve already reached my goal for the day, it’s usually fully charged by the time I go to bed at 9:30 pm. And when I wake up I almost always have more than 90% battery left in the morning – more than enough to get me through the day.

Plus, on those days when I need to recharge in the middle of the day, having an extra Apple Watch charger on my desk makes it a lot easier.

This works great for me, but your routine is probably different from mine. The key is to come up with a plan that you can repeat every day. Whether it’s morning or evening charging, or a combination of both, changing your Apple Watch charging habits is a lot easier than you think.

Of course, there’s always the option to repurpose an old Apple Watch as a dedicated “sleep watch.” Zach Hall from earlier explained how to do this. You can also take a used or refurbished old model of Apple Watch for this.

Once you’ve set your Apple Watch’s charging mode, it’s time to choose a sleep tracking app. There are several different options.

Autosleep

AutoSleep is probably the most popular Apple Watch sleep tracking app on the App Store, and for good reason. It provides some of the most detailed data, including a detailed overview of sleep, sleep quality, heart rate, deep sleep, and more.

AutoSleep uses a ring system to help you keep track of these key stats. The main interface shows you sleep rings, sleep quality, deep sleep and beats per minute. All of this data comes at a price, however, and the AutoSleep interface can feel a little overwhelming when you dive into all the data available. However, recent changes to the app have made it much easier to see a breakdown of all this data.

AutoSleep also has a great Apple Watch app that makes it easy to view your current day’s sleep data. There is also a “readiness” metric that tries to predict how ready you are for a new day based on your night’s sleep.

More about AutoSleep:

AutoSleep is available on the App Store for $4.99 as a one-time purchase.

Sleep++

Sleep++ is another popular sleep tracking app for Apple Watch with support for automatic sleep detection, bedtime reminders, sleep goals, and more. In the Sleep++ app, the main interface provides a detailed overview of your sleep habits over the past few days.

Like its competitors, Sleep++ also offers quite a bit of data on sleep trends, cycles, phases, and more. You can also see a detailed timeline of your sleep, including when you were calm, restless, and awake, with a particularly neat look at when your “best sleep” occurred.

Sleep++ has also recently added a useful new “Readiness Score” that makes it easy to know when you should relax and recharge for the next day.

One of the best things about Sleep++ is that it’s completely free, with an optional in-app purchase to remove ads. If you’re looking for a data-rich automatic Apple Watch sleep tracker, download Sleep++ on the App Store.

Pillow

When I wrote about sleep apps for the Apple Watch almost three years ago, Pillow was an option I wasn’t familiar with at the time, but several readers suggested I give it a try. With features such as automatic sleep detection and heart rate analysis, Pillow fits in perfectly with other products on the market.

One of the key features of Pillow is the ability to record important audio events during the night. This means the app can track data including snoring, sleep apnea, and sleep talking, but the biggest caveat here is that noise detection only works in manual mode.

It also supports viewing detailed sleep trends over time, personalized recommendations, and more. You can try Pillow for free on the App Store with in-app purchases.

NapBot

NapBot is a relative newcomer to the fun Apple Watch sleep tracking, and it’s fast becoming one of the most powerful options out there. NapBot uses machine learning to automatically track sleep, allowing you to see detailed information about phases, trends, and more.

NapBot offers an impressive amount of data in an easy-to-navigate interface. The Calendar tab in the app allows you to get detailed information about your sleep on a daily basis, and you can select a specific day to see more details about your heart rate and phases.

NapBot also just released its first Apple Watch app completely independent of the iPhone. Currently it only allows you to see the dream of the previous day, but hopefully it will add more features and historical data over time.

NapBot is the latest Apple Watch sleep tracking app, but it’s also quickly becoming my favorite. You can download it from the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

sleep watch

SleepWatch is one of the most popular sleep tracking apps for iPhone and Apple Watch. It has over 300,000 App Store ratings, averaging over 4.5 stars. The app offers a number of powerful data collection features, including:

Total sleep time Sleep rhythm Heart rate Sleep fall HRV 2-day sleep target Restful sleep Sleep disturbance Blood oxygen during sleep

SleepWatch is available on the App Store as a free download with an in-app subscription for $4.99 per month to unlock every feature.

Sleep Cycle

Last but not least, we have Sleep Cycle, which offers apps for iPhone and Apple Watch. Sleep Cycle stands out with a number of unique features such as Philips Hue integration, smart alarms, unique data and trends, and more.

Sleep analysis with patented Sleep Cycle sound technology or accelerometer Take a nap by lightly shaking your phone or double tapping it. Customizable wakeup window. From instant (regular alarm clock) to 45 minutes Sound recording and trends – Record snoring, sleep talking and other sounds and view your trends. Trends – collect long-term trends of your sleep. statistics Weather and sleep – find out how different weather conditions affect the quality of your sleep. Sleep Notes – Learn how events such as drinking coffee, stress, exercising or eating late affect the quality of your sleep. even softer awakening

Sleep Cycle is available on the App Store as a free download with in-app purchases to unlock the full range of premium features.

What to choose?

Despite all the new entrants into the Apple Watch sleep tracking industry, I still find AutoSleep to be the most powerful option. AutoSleep offers you a lot of data and you can choose whether to read too much.

In addition, I map AutoSleep data to features introduced in watchOS 7 and iOS 14. You can still use features like Wind Down and Sleep Mode and track data with third-party sources like AutoSleep.

The key, no matter which app you choose, is that it has some kind of automatic sleep detection feature. This reduces friction and means you don’t have to manually start a sleep tracking session every night before bed. Instead, your Apple Watch can track your sleep in the background without your input.

These apps also integrate with the Apple Health app, which means you can get an overview of your sleep data along with everything else in the Health app. The Health app is useful for tracking long-term trends and averages, but if you want detailed data, you’ll have to switch to the third-party app of your choice.

Of course, there are also rumors that the Apple Watch Series 8 will offer even more advanced sleep tracking capabilities with better hardware. We will need to find out what exactly this means and whether third-party applications can use this information.

Do you track your sleep with your Apple Watch? What application do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!