Fitbit has just joined hands with a team of sleep experts to bring a new feature to its app for helping you get better quality sleep at night. If you’ve got the official Fitbit app you can use it to set special goals based on the data your device has already gleaned from previous nights, it customize special bedtime and wakeup targets for consistency and set up reminders to make sure you stay on track.
The new sleep features have been developed in collaboration with a series of leading sleep experts which include, Michael Smith at John Hopkins University, Dr Michael Grandner at the University of Arizona and Allison at Stanford University.
The Fitbit app suggests ideal sleep and wake times based on your history and number of sleep hours you want, and you can also easily accept or modify the suggested times.
When you finish setting a sleep-and-wake schedule, Fitbit app encourages you to set a silent alarm on your Fitbit device to ensure you wake up at ideal time. (Fitbit’s entry-level Zip is its only device that doesn’t support silent alarms.) You can also customize alarm to only wake you on weekdays, too.
The Fitbit app also sends push notifications to your mobile device, to let you know when it is time to hit the sack. However, sleep experts recommend putting tablets and smartphones away for at least 30 minutes before sleep, so you might not even see those push notifications. Thankfully, an easy fix exists. Instead of relying on smartphone and tablet alerts, you can add a silent alarm to your Fitbit wristband, to tell you when to head to bed.
If you want to learn how to get better sleep and improve your overall health, Fitbit new sleep schedule feature is another good reason to continuing using or consider buying — one of its wearables.