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The 8 Best Apple Watch Sleep Tracking Apps That Will Help You Establish Better Sleep Habits

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One of the most insightful and popular features of an Apple Watch is the ability to track sleeping habits.

Most of the sleep tracking has been, to this point, accomplished on Apple through third-party applications.

With the release of the watchOS 7 in 2020, the Apple Watch now supports sleep tracking as a native feature.

However, there are still ample choices for third-party sleep-tracking apps to perform the function if that is the preference. 

It would be nearly impossible to collate every sleep app. So we’ve gathered the 8 best Apple Watch sleep-tracking apps that we felt performed best in various ways. So, let’s talk about them and what makes them a great choice.

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Native Apple Watch Sleep Tracking

Before watchOS 7, any sleep apps used on the Apple Watch were third-party provided. But now, there is a native sleep-tracking app that you can easily use to perform many essential techniques.

The app also tried to cover many areas of concern regarding Apple Watches. One aspect is a “sleep mode” that the watch enters at night.

This hides the watch’s typical face, showing only the current time, along with the alarm set on the watch. 

The “rise-to-wake” feature is also disabled with the app active since movement typically causes the watch to light up, not something preferable during sleep.

The watch collects sleep-related information that can then be viewed through the iPhone app at a later time.

The drawback here is that the data is generally basic, primarily showing the length of sleep, as well as the heart rate during it.

As this native sleep-tracking app is new, it has a ways to go before catching up to the multiple features offered by more robust third-party apps.

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Pillow: Sleep Cycle Tracker

The Pillow sleep cycle tracker is a free app, though the $4.99 premium version offers more. Its vibrant design is easy on the eyes.

The app presents information about sleep patterns based on heart rate, movement, and sound to the user in nicely rendered, clear, intuitive charts and includes many details.

One notable aspect of this app is that, unlike many other apps, it tracks not only the light and REM sleep but also the actual sleep time.

Using this information, the app presents users with a sleep quality score and a graph of nightly heart rate. All of the data can be viewed in detailed sleep reports.

The premium version also features a Sleep Lab, which allows for a deeper dive into sleep profiles, as well as various sounds and melodies to serve as one’s optimal wake-up alarm.

You can download Pillow on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

AutoSleep Tracker For Watch

Arguably the easiest sleep monitoring app to use is AutoSleep Tracker For Watch. It does not need to be told that the wearer is going to bed, it detects this on its own.

This makes it a more automatic function that the user does not need to always remember or think about.

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

There are times when the Apple Watch battery dies during the night, which can skew sleeping averages. To avoid that, AutoSleep makes it easy to wipe that night’s data off the overall sleep record.

The information is rendered with a nicely thought-out activity ring interface that can be viewed in various arrangements. It includes sleep rating, duration of sleep, readiness, REM sleep, and nightly heart rate.

It also allows you to set a goal for achieving sleep and keeps a weekly record of your progress.

This is useful to those trying to get their 8 nightly hours. It helps them decide which nights they need extra sleep and which nights they can stay up a bit longer. All of this for just $3.99.

You can try Auto Sleep Tracker on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

Sleep Cycle – Sleep Tracker

The Sleep Cycle app offers many different sleep-tracking features, and it is available as a free app or with a $29.99 per year premium subscription version.

It allows you to understand your sleeping patterns without even needing to wear the watch to bed.

sleep cycle tracking app

The free version includes tracking sleep through sound tech and an accelerometer, sleep analysis, heart rate monitor, shake-to-snooze feature, detailed daily stats, and light alarm melodies meant for wake-ups during light sleep.

The premium version also includes a customized wake-up window period, capture of sleep talking, snoring, and other sounds, as well as sounds and stories to help the wearer fall asleep faster.

The data presented can be graphed over long-term periods to monitor how sleep patterns develop over time, compiling trends and comparison metrics.

It also analyses how external factors like coffee consumption, stress, late meals, or work affect sleeping habits.

For those interested in retaining their sleep data long-term, it can be exported to spreadsheets and even backed up online.

You can download Sleep Cycle on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

Sleep Watch (by Bodymatter)

Another quality, free sleep monitoring app is Sleep Watch. It monitors your heart rate, specifically when it’s slower, associating that with more restful sleep.

sleep watch app

Other features include advanced tracking options, some of which are available through a premium version, including tracking blood oxygen levels during sleep. The premium version costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually. 

The app offers a lot of data for the users to find actionable, though it is not presented as intuitively as some other sleep apps.

In fact, the presentation slightly hinders the experience. It feels like data overload without a good way to present all of the statistic breakdowns. 

You can try Sleep Watch on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

NapBot: Sleep and Nap Tracker

The NapBot app is another good sleep-tracking app option that tracks heart rate during sleeping hours, assesses ambient noises to better assess sleep quality factors, and provides data for light and deep sleep periods.

Napbot sleep tracking app

The premium version, which costs $9.99, additionally provides sleep history reports detailing sleep patterns and trends. It even supports a calendar historical view of sleep logs, allowing for better future sleep planning.

You can download NapBot on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

Sleep ++

Sleep ++ is among the most popular sleep tracking apps for the Apple Watch, not just because it’s free, but because it is simple to use. The app does have ads, which can be removed with a premium version, but they are not overwhelming.

sleep++ sleep tracking app

The app does all of the sleep tracking automatically. It has a very simple interface that lets you start and stop your sleep time, with data tracked during the running time. It can be companioned by Apple Health, automatically being set to port sleep data to it. 

The data is not as insightful and detailed as some third-party applications.

However, the extended range of sleep features available makes for a nice tool for those interested in getting an idea of how their sleep patterns have evolved (or devolved) over time.

You can try Sleep++ on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

Sleep Pulse 3

Sleep Pulse 3 does most of the work for the Apple Watch user, including monitoring their heart rate, motion tendencies, and middle-of-the-night wake-ups. Of course, it will also log the history of nightly sleeping patterns.

sleep tracking apps

This $3.99 app can also track noises, sleep-talking patterns, and shorter naps. It has been updated along with the Apple Watch, so every version is optimized to display ideally on any Apple Watch model.

You can download Sleep Pulse 3 on the App Store for free with in-app purchases.

If you have any comments or questions about these apps or need advice on picking the best sleep app, let us know in the comments below!

Writer, Smart Home

For years technology has been a big part of Gardy's life. He's an Android guy with a secret love for Apple products. When not at work, you can usually catch him drawing with a pencil. He is a writer at Gotechtor covering streaming media, TVs, and everything smart-home related. 

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