Fitbit today announced a new featured called "Sleep Schedule" as an update to its existing iOS and Android apps, aimed at guiding users into an overall more healthy lifestyle through the introduction of consistent sleep patterns. Users who wear their Fitbit devices to bed will gain increased insight into their sleeping schedules, as well as personalized sleep goals and reminders that are all aimed at encouraging a consistent bedtime every night.

Interestingly, Fitbit's new Sleep Schedule appears largely similar to the new "Bedtime" tab in iOS 10. Beta testers have commented on Bedtime's disappointing sleep tracking functionality -- which lacks Fitbit's motion-sensing nighttime wearable technology -- but other aspects of the new Fitbit update fall largely in line with Apple's first party Clock app. These include a sleep goal, bedtime and wakeup time alarm, sleep history chart (although more rudimentary on Apple's part), and push notifications to remind users when it's time for bed.

Fitbit iOS sleep schedule
Still, for Fitbit fans, the new "Sleep dashboard" will be designed with a user's personal sleep data in mind, and adjusted to fit their specific needs. The app will now recommend a sleep goal, give you an ideal bedtime and wakeup target to get you on schedule, and send out push notifications to make sure you don't deviate from the plan. Fitbit hopes the new sleep tools help its users rest up and recharge to better take advantage of the workout and activity features Fitbit provides during waking hours.

“What’s great about the new Fitbit Sleep Schedule feature is that it looks at your sleep data from your Fitbit device you’re wearing day and night, analyzes it for patterns and creates a personalized schedule just for you,” said Tim Roberts, Executive Vice President, Interactive at Fitbit. “This is a great example of how we’re providing guidance using Fitbit data to help millions of people develop healthier habits and routines, and is just the first in a series of new sleep features that we’re working on to help our users improve their health through data and coaching.”

With all of the new data, Fitbit will also create Sleep history charts so users can go back through previous nights and see how they are doing with sticking to a schedule. Fitbit has provided sleep tracking in the past, but the company now hopes the unified addition of a customized sleep plan, alarm, and history chart in one place will only bolster the use of these features among its users.

Fitbit users with a device capable of tracking sleep can test out the new features beginning today on the Fitbit app, available on the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

brauntj Avatar
65 months ago
Does anyone else think the iOS 10 "Bedtime" feature will be augmented to include actual sleep tracking with the new Watch that will (tentatively) come out this fall? There always seems to be a handful of software features that appear nice when released in beta at WWDC, but make much more sense when the accompanying hardware is announced months later.
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KALLT Avatar
65 months ago
Will fitbit data link to Apple Health ?
Nope. One of the reasons why I do not use their products.
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Urban Joe Avatar
65 months ago
How about a sex schedule? Can we look forward to sexual activity tracking also? "bedtime" seems a bit ambiguous imo

PS. You prob heard it here first, folks
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markfc Avatar
65 months ago
Nope. One of the reasons why I do not use their products.
One of the reasons I do. The health app is just playing horrible. A big bloody mess.

Fitbit dashboard on the other hand is so easy to use.
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TwoBytes Avatar
65 months ago
Well, fitbit has intergrated calorie count that auto calcuates youre requirements based on your calorie burn and a battery of 5-7 days over the apple watch. Go fitbit
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jonblatho Avatar
65 months ago
Oh that's right. Is that somehow a Sherlock Holmes ref?
The immediate predecessor to Spotlight on macOS, Sherlock 3, was arguably a ripoff of a third-party app called Watson.
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