The 8 Best Apple Watch Sleep Apps Of 2020

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One of the really cool things about the Apple Watch is that it can continuously monitor vitals like heart rate and motion-related activity, even when you’re not awake. The benefits of this functionality, include the ability to track the quality of your shut-eye time and to highlight any potential issues related to your sleep. Although WatchOS doesn’t offer its own built-in sleep tracker program, there are several third-party watch apps that track those sleep details and more, available from the App Store.

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Pillow Automatic Sleep Tracker

Screenshots of the Pillow app.
What We Like
  • Pillow determines the optimum time to wake you up.

  • Pillow can be configured to record audio.

  • Sleep trends are calculated over time.

What We Don't Like
  • The trend reports and Nap Modes are only available in the paid version.

  • Some users have reported losing months worth of data after applying updates.

Pillow offers a full range of sleep tracking features including the ability to monitor and analyze your sleep cycles, producing detailed reports that let you know whether or not you’re actually getting proper rest and diagramming how long you spend in light sleep, deep sleep and REM modes. You can even place your iPhone face down on your mattress for tracking purposes if you don’t feel like wearing your Apple Watch to sleep once in a while.

Wake-up times are based on a number of factors including your heart rate and time allotted to each all-important sleep cycle, gently getting your day started at the ideal moment so that you feel refreshed. Audio recordings include snoring, talking in your sleep or even apnea-related sounds. Sleep trends are useful in diagnosing underlying issues.

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Sleep Watch by Bodymatter

Screenshots of the Sleepwatch App.
What We Like
  • The Discover interface presents easy ways to improve sleep patterns.

  • Daily sleep briefings are straight to the point.

  • The SleepWatch Score system is more than just gimmicky filler.

What We Don't Like
  • Reports and recorded data that used to be free now require a subscription.

  • App appears to have some stability issues at times.

Sleep Watch’s artificial intelligence (AI) takes into account your overall lifestyle when tracking sleep quality and recommending improvements that you can make to achieve long-term positive impacts. Discover asks the right questions such as what you may have done differently on a particular night where your sleep quality was better than average.

The sleep briefings provide a quick snapshot of the night before on your Watch face if you don’t have time to check the detailed reports on your phone. And the Score system provides a credit score-like barometer of how you’re faring on a daily basis, both individually and when compared to others in your same gender, age and body mass index categories.

There has been reported crashing during the night while the app's supposed to be tracking and recording, but these seem like isolated incidents for the most part.

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Screenshots of the Sleep++ app.
What We Like
  • Automatic mode takes really no effort at all.

  • Bedtime reminder notifications try to keep you on a routine.

What We Don't Like
  • It doesn’t always seem to notice when you’re awake in the middle of the night.

Integrated with Apple’s popular Health app, Sleep++ provides the ability to automatically import daily sleep quality analysis into that app’s database to combine it with the rest of your wellness profile.

One of the original third-party siesta trackers for Apple Watch, Sleep++ doesn't have some of the bells and whistles found in competing apps but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It has evolved over the past several years to offer a straightforward, reliable feature set that lets you set and meet goals in a jiffy, all the while monitoring your restful, restless, and awake phases.

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Beddit Sleep Monitor

Screenshots of the Beddit app.
What We Like
  • Beddit uses your iPhone’s microphone to monitor snoring. 

  • Allows you to incorporate daily activity logs.

  • The Watch app also includes a Nap feature.

What We Don't Like
  • The snoring monitor renders your iPhone’s audible notifications silent while in use.

Integrated with Apple Health and certainly one of the more unique apps on this list, Beddit Sleep utilizes a physical sensor that’s placed under your mattress to measure your sleep sessions as opposed to using your watch itself. It's included on this list because it offers a very handy watch app that presents both overall sleep and efficiency scores along with heart and respiration rates in an interface tailored specifically to the watch face. 

Activity logs help you better analyze which ones are helping or hurting your sleep quality. The watch's Nap feature lets you set the duration, as well as start a quick slumber session by simply tapping your wrist a couple of times. 

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AutoSleep Tracker

Screenshots of the AutoSleep app.
What We Like
  • The Sleep Session Analysis dashboard is thorough but easy to digest. 

  • The Sleep Bank feature lets you know if you have a sleep debit to make up for.

  • Some of its functionality works with Siri, such as audible reminders when it's bedtime.

What We Don't Like
  • The app seems to have issues when you sleep during the day.

  • Aside from the Session Analysis dashboard, the user interface can be a bit clunky.

While you’ll need to wear your Apple Watch to bed to track sleep quality and other important metrics, AutoSleep has a system in place to track hours slept even if you’re not comfortable with anything on your wrist while you slumber. It’s integrated with another one of the company’s apps, HeartWatch, which together sends all relevant data directly to Apple Health. AutoSleep also provides detailed insight into your physical and mental state, information gleaned from both your heart rate variability and waking pulse. 

The intermittent issue tracking daytime sleep can be troublesome for overnight workers. In addition, the user interface (UI) is not very intuitive in certain areas.

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Sleep Pulse 3

Screenshots of the Sleep Pulse app.
What We Like
  • The reporting interface minimizes nicely when viewed on the Watch.

  • Movement and sensitivity tracking can be set for different sleep locations.

  • In-depth reports include a number of advanced metrics.

What We Don't Like
  • The $3.99 price tag is relatively high.

  • The app isn’t updated often enough, which is a red flag.

Sleep Pulse 3 utilizes both motion and heart rate in its analysis, along with recordings of relevant sounds while you’re asleep. It also tracks your resting heart rate when you first rise, and can still continue recording data even if your iPhone is not within range for any reason. Advanced reporting includes REM estimate and restless periods.

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Sleep Tracker by Sleepmatic

Screenshots of the Sleepmatic App.
What We Like
  • Has no issues with tracking sleep during daytime hours.

  • Sleep details can be manually edited.

  • Sensitivity levels can be adjusted for people who toss and turn more.

What We Don't Like
  • There is no free version available, even one with limited functionality.

  • The sensitivity configurations can take a while to get right.

Sleep Tracker is a highly customizable app that analyzes your patterns, offers detailed trend reports, and pairs with your watch to determine the quality (or lack thereof) of your rest. It also lets you figure out what might need to change to improve your overall health. 

The ability to manually edit results can be helpful when you know something was recorded incorrectly. In addition, sensitivity adjustments can help avoid false positives. There's even decent support for catnaps, should you have time to catch some quick Z's.

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Screenshots of the Calm app..
What We Like
  • The Watch app’s interface makes it easy to walk through each session distraction-free.

  • Won Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ in 2017.

  • Many of the lessons are taught by renowned professionals.

What We Don't Like
  • Rather pricey subscription fees are required to unlock premium content.

Much different from the other apps on our list in the sense that it doesn’t track your sleep quality, Calm can be just as important an addition to improve your slumber as it helps you relax and fall asleep in the right frame of mind. Guided meditation and relaxation sessions are offered, including many built specifically for bedtime, along with a number of breathing exercises and soothing soundscapes.