I've been reading A LOT about the Apple Watch over the last six months and one area that hasn't been talked about much is sleep tracking. I used sleep tracking on a Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband and Pebble and although I didn't do a lot with the data it was interesting to see how restless I was through the night. Waking up tired then checking my data became a habit but now I am on the verge of ordering an Apple Watch it's left me wondering whats in store for me regarding this.
Pretty much all of the sleep trackers out there offer some sort of sleep tracking so I started to think about what was going on with the Apple Watch in relation to this.
Battery life has been indicated by Apple to be around a day with normal use I.e. around 18 hours. This won't obviously get you through the night and realistically expect to start to the use the watch again the following day. My thoughts on this are that when I'm done with work I will charge my watch for the time I am getting dinner ready and eating with my family, that way I am going to have at least 50% to get me through the night.
Given that Apple haven't mentioned anything about sleep tracking yet I'm thinking that we will have to rely on third party apps to track this for those of us that are ok with charging before we go to bed.
I've used various trackers and found the most comfortable to be the more band like form factor. This means that I've favoured the Fuelband over say a Pebble so I'm very curious about how I'm going feel with the Apple Watch. From the images it does look like it has some width to it so this may be uncomfortable for long periods of wear, we also don't know what the quality of the standard rubberised strap.
At the end of the day sleep tracking isn't going to be a make or break for most people when deciding on whether they want an Apple Watch or not but having used several trackers it's more of a nice to have. For me I am going to be picking up an Apple Watch and waiting for the app store to kick in and give me a third party solution from a company like Jawbone or Misfit like they have done with the Pebble.
I'd be interested to get your thoughts on whether or not you want to use sleep tracking on your Apple Watch.