Fitbit’s New Sleep Score Helps You Understand Your Sleep

Understanding your sleep performance has never been easier with the new Fitbit app.

By Andrea Pisani Babich

Now it’s even easier to track your sleep performance using one of Mattress Advisor’s favorite sleep trackers, Fitbit. This spring, Fitbit rolled out its newly-improved smartphone app that makes interpreting all of your fitness data as easy as falling out of bed. Fitbit uses your heart rate, breathing patterns, and motion sensors to track the total time you spend asleep, how much time you spend in each sleep stage, and how much time you spend in bed not sleeping. Each night you earn a Fitbit Sleep Score based on those metrics.

Fitbit app sleep score

The Sleep Score makes sense of all that data, so you can see your sleep performance in a single glance. If you want—and have the time—to plunge deeper into the details of how you spent your night, you can simply scroll down to find all of the measures that contribute to your score.

All of this information is available in the Fitbit app for users whose Fitbit includes a heart-rate monitor. Those models are

  • Inspire HR
  • Charge 3
  • Versa
  • Versa Lite
  • Versa 2
  • Ionic

Fitbit app users may need to update their Fitbit to access the new Sleep Score feature.

Why Fitbit’s Sleep Score Matters

You wear a Fitbit because you’re interested in improving your fitness, health, and overall wellness. But a lot of factors influence your total well-being, and wading through all that information can be a little overwhelming, especially if you just want to know how hard you should rock your daily gym jam before you fly out the door in the morning. A single number from 0 to 100 gives you a quick glimpse into how well you slept.

A Sleep Score makes it easy to spot sleep trends, assess how the previous day’s (and night’s) activities affected your sleep (maybe those late-night burritos were not such a good choice), and possibly identify illnesses or disorders like sleep apnea.

And while a low score may become a self-fulfilling prophecy of a bad day—as in “oh, fiddlesticks! I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, I feel like putty, and I just put foot cream on my toothbrush”—it may help you to prepare more deliberately for recovering after a sleepless night to tackle the day in your depleted state. That can mean the difference between a self-fulfilling prophecy and, for once, beating the odds.




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