How to track your sleep using your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

March 15, 2024 | by

Celebrating Sleep Week, BGR has compiled a list of ways to track your sleep using your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Last year, we shared six ways Siri can help improve your sleep quality, which are still useful tips, but here are a few more you can utilize.

Create a Sleep Schedule and a wind-down period

One of my favorite Focus Modes is Sleep Mode. The best way to set it up is with the Health app on your iPhone. It helps you set a sleep goal while tracking your progress over time.

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Get Started under Set Up Sleep, then tap Next.

Once done, you need to follow the onscreen prompts:

  • Sleep Goals: Set the number of hours you’d like to spend asleep.
  • Bedtime and Wake-Up times: Set when you’d like to go to bed and wake up.
  • Sleep Focus: To reduce distractions on your iPhone and Apple Watch, you can simplify your Lock Screen and turn on Sleep Focus at your scheduled bedtime. You can also schedule a wind-down period to begin from 15 minutes to 3 hours before your bedtime, and your Sleep Focus will begin at the start of your wind-down time.
  • Track Sleep with Apple Watch: Wear your Apple Watch to bed to track your sleep.

You can adjust the wind-down, sleep goal, and sleep schedule when needed with your iPhone or Apple Watch. Personally, I like to wind down 30 minutes before going to bed, but I’m thinking about changing to an hour to help reduce anxiety and screen time.

Track your sleep with the Apple Watch

Gentler Streak Wellbeing featureImage source: José Adorno for BGR

I started sleeping with my Apple Watch after Gentler Streak released its Wellbeing tab, which shows how my sleep impacts my upcoming run. Since then, I’ve been alternating between the Health app and Gentler Streak to see my sleep patterns.


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