Sleep Tracking in Apple Watch Might Be Useless Unless Battery Life Is Improved
These days, anyone who wishes to burn those extra calories or aims to lead a more disciplined and regularised life ends up choosing a smartwatch that can track it all. And in the world of wearable devices, the Apple Watch is undoubtedly one of the best. It not only does a great job of accurately measuring your health parameters but also manages to deliver unique benefits, like generating an ECG report using the ECG app.
Unfortunately, though, the Apple Watch lacks the basic feature of sleep tracking, which is widely available in most of its rival models. And the reason for that is quite simple – the watch’s battery life is less than stellar. And, to be realistic, including the sleep tracking feature will only make sense when the battery life improves. Now, let’s understand a bit more about sleep tracking before we analyse the Apple Watch’s shortcoming in details.
The importance of sleep tracking
The reason why more and more people have started to realise the importance of sleep tracking is because they don’t get sufficient sleep due to stress, anxiety or health conditions. And to function well, both physically and mentally, adequate and undisturbed sleep is a must. This is where fitness bands and smartwatches with sleep tracker feature step in to measure how much you sleep, the sleep quality, the time spent on each stage of sleep, and your sleep environment’s quality. This tracker can also detect problems like snoring, sleep apnea, stress levels, and also monitor your heart rate. In other words, sleep tracking can come in quite handy.
The problem with the Apple Watch
Coming back to the issue at hand, an Apple Watch, even the Series 5, cannot track your sleep as it lacks the proper battery support. For instance, if your day starts at 7 am and ends at around 10 pm, it will work well and the battery charge will be around 60% by the time you come back home.
Now, you might think that this charge should be enough for you to wear the watch for sleep tracking at night. However, the next morning, your watch will be drained. And since you will need to wear it to work again, you won’t get time to charge it right? After all, the Apple Watch cannot be charged fast enough while you are showering or enjoying your breakfast before hitting the road.
According to testing that Apple itself had conducted, it takes around one and a half hours to charge a Series 5 watch if you want it to go from 0% to 80%. And, to get it completely charged, it will take you two and a half hours. And that’s quite a lot.
Is there any hope for those who really need to track sleep?
Since healthy sleeping habits are an integral part of your overall wellbeing, it is understandable if you are worried that your Apple Watch doesn’t do this job. However, one can hope that the brand might introduce this feature in its Series 6 watches. But before they do so, the battery should be able to last longer, and the watch will need to charge faster as well.
- Well, if your Apple Watch battery lasts for 3 days say, you can track sleep for 3 consecutive days. You can then charge the watch on the fourth night. This way, you will at least get sleep data in sets of 3 days, which is better than nothing.
- If the watch can charge faster, you can easily wear it throughout the day and even while sleeping, and then get it charged quickly before heading to work the next day.
What if you need to track sleep right now?
Well, until Apple comes out with a Series 6 watch that has better battery life, can charge faster, and can track sleep effectively, you have to make do with your Series 5 model. But the ray of hope comes in the form of a few apps that are easy to use with your Apple Watch and can track sleep automatically as well. Pillow is one such app that is free and available with in-app purchases. Sleep++ is also a free app that can get the work done. Or, you can go for the AutoSleep app, which costs INR 249.
Additional steps to conserve battery life of your Apple Watch
Setting your watch on DND mode or Theatre mode can help conserve battery life as well.
DND mode or Do Not Disturb Mode
In this mode, you will get notifications, but you won’t be notified during that time.
Setting DND mode for mobile:
- Click the Apple Watch app on the Home screen
- Scroll till you see the General option and click on it
- Then click on the Do Not Disturb option
- Next, the Mirror iPhone has to be switched to On mode
Setting DND mode for watch:
- To see your watch face, press the Digital Crown
- Swipe to land on Control Center
- Then click the DND button
- A list will appear, where you can choose the duration for which you don’t want to be disturbed
In this mode, your watch screen will become dark and it will stay silent when notifications come in.
Setting Theatre mode for watch:
- Swipe up from the screen’s bottom on your Apple Watch’s face, to see the Control Center
- Scroll till you get to the bottom of the screen and tap on the Theatre mode button which resembles masks
- Then click on the Theatre mode button with orange text to confirm your selection
If you love your Apple Watch and feel that it goes well with most aspects of your life and your other devices, then it is possible to overlook the lack of sleep tracking feature. Or, you can simply get one of the apps mentioned above to track sleep for the time being. Apart from that, you can keep your fingers crossed so that Apple decides to enhance battery life and charging speed in its Series 6 model, making sleep tracking a real possibility.
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