Because of the recently discovered heart arrhythmia, recently I was very curious how my dream looks like and at what rate my heart beats then.
With the initiative In this article I will be wondering if the game is worth a candle and if our watch can really serve as a reliable sleep monitoring accessory.
Where to start?
First of all, in order to successfully use Apple Watches as a sleep monitoring tool, we need to postpone the watch charging cycle.
Assuming I’m finishing the day with 40% of the battery, it was quiet enough for me to test my sleep using one of the applications.
After such a night, it stayed about 30% and was plugged into the charger for about 40 minutes, during which time I was preparing to leave home.
However, this solution has one drawback: with such a solution, the watch also does not measure our activity during the morning preparations.
So I decided to change my tactics and load the watch before bedtime.
This way seemed much more appropriate due to my less activity in the evening. In this case, I did not start the morning with a full battery, but it still lasted until the end of the day.
Of course, the way you choose is up to you and most importantly it works. You can also charge your watch “on installments”, at different times of the day.
As a standard, Apple Watch measures heart rate every 10 minutes and at this frequency we can expect measurements from other applications.
All heart rate measurements are available for review in the Health application on the iPhone paired with the watch.
If you’re curious about your night-time pulse, you just need to sleep with Apple Watch without installing any additional apps.
However, I’m not satisfied – I can’t tell you the reliability of the results: at the moment of the measurement, my heart may just be beating calmly, when another time the measurement may come to light.
For the purposes of this article, I have been testing both the free Sleep++ application and the paid Sleep Pulse 2 ($3.99) for some time.
The free Sleep++ offers a graphical representation of sleep length and mobility. The developer also took care of the shortcut on the clock face, so that with one click you can go straight to the application.
Dream lengths are sent to the official iPhone health app. The only thing we will learn after using Sleep++ is sleep length and nervousness determined by the movements of the hand with the watch.
There are no comparisons or pulse information.
For Sleep Pulse 2 we will have to pay a few dollars, but if we really want to use the potential of Apple Watch, it seems necessary.
An application supports quick access from the watch face, and recent updates have also brought support for 3D-Touch, including Peek and Pop.
To start the sleep measurement, simply enter the app on your watch, and with a harder press on the screen, select a sleep start option.
Sleep Pulse 2 impressed me with its continuous measurement of motility and sleep phases.
The application records all this so that we can trace our sleep from minute to minute in the morning.
The program shows the exact time of falling asleep, in bed, or individual phases of sleep.
Most importantly, Sleep Pulse allows you to look at the highest, lowest, and average heart rate. However, the heart rate remains at the default level of ten minutes.
Interestingly, as with the activity app from Apple, the Sleep Pulse developers allow us to determine our night-time sleep target, which is set in hours.
The program also provides weekly, monthly and geeral statistics on sleep length, sleep and average heart rate.
We can share our sleep charts with practically any application, because they are saved as a graphic file.
No matter which application you choose, it’s a good idea to activate Airplane Mode while you sleep.
Depending on how long you sleep, your watch loses between 5 and 10% in Airplane mode.
Personally, I also turn off the screen illumination when my wrist is raised.
“Deaf wake-up call”
I don’t think anyone likes the insistent sound of an alarm clock in the morning. Sleeping with Apple Watch can solve this problem by completely eliminating the wake up sound.
All you have to do to get a quiet wake-up call is turn on silent mode and set the alarm clock directly on your watch.
At the right time, Apple Watch will try to wake you up with gentle haptic signals.
I have personally noticed a much greater desire to get out of bed since I wake up through the vibrations of my watch.
I felt a little confused when the alarm clock rang, but now I wake up a few seconds after the start of the vibration and feel like a more natural wake.
Although sleeping with Apple Watch gives us some information about the course of our sleep, the answer to the question posed in the title does not have to be clear.
For me, it seems very interesting to analyze my dream taking into account its phases, length or quality.
However, in the applications I tested, I lacked continuous pulse measurement.
Undoubtedly, however, a “deaf wake-up call” for some may turn out to be a perfect solution for sleepy mornings.
But does that convince you? One thing is certain – it is worth trying.