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The best sleep trackers you can buy in 2022: Fitbit, Withings, Garmin, and more

Quit counting sheep and get better sleep with one of the top devices for bedtime tracking.
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June 13, 2022
A Fitbit Versa 3 rests on a bedside table next to a pair of reading glasses.
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Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors in staying healthy (and happy). If you’re feeling tired lately, or don’t feel like you’re getting enough shut-eye, a sleep tracker might be exactly what you need. We’ve rounded up the best sleep trackers available, including sleep tracking watches, rings, and non-wearables.

See also: The best fitness trackers from Fitbit, Garmin, Xiaomi, and more

Buying the right sleep tracker for your needs

These days we track everything from steps and calories to cycles and SpO2. Tracking sleep is one more way you can gain insight into how your body is functioning and how you can improve your health and performance. But where to start? Tracking Zs comes down to finding the right device for you. In addition to your budget, consider the factors below to find out which sleep tracker will be your best bet.

  • Device type: Sleep trackers come in all different shapes and sizes — from familiar devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers to nightstand gadgets and bed pads. If you already track your daily activity on a favorite wearable, keep things streamlined by tapping into its overnight features. If wearing a sleep tracking watch to bed sounds uncomfortable, look for something you can tuck away or leave on your nightstand.
  • Data collected: Most sleep-tracking devices track movement and heart rate in addition to sleep stages (light, deep, REM) and time spent awake. However, some just collect the basics for users who only need broad-stroke data. How much information your device collects will determine what you can learn. Do you want to know how long you are sleeping or how well you are sleeping?
  • Additional features: Finally, think outside the box (bed?). Many devices offer plenty of additional features worth considering that go beyond tracking your rest. Do you want a watch that also tracks activity and other health metrics? What about support for a voice assistant? Our pick for the best non-wearable sleep tracker lets you set up a bedtime routine, including room temperature. Determine what extras will help you optimize your shuteye.

The best sleep trackers

  • Fitbit Sense and Versa 3: The best sleep tracking watches for most people, the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 provide accurate sleep stage tracking and useful insights in the Fitbit app.
  • Withings ScanWatch: The best tracker for detecting sleep apnea, the Withings ScanWatch is one of the only wearables that can monitor for signs of the condition.
  • Garmin Venu 2 Plus: The Venu 2 Plus is the best sleep tracker from Garmin. It offers sleep score functionality powered by Garmin-owned Firstbeat.
  • Oura Ring 2: The Oura Ring 2 is a fantastic alternative wearable that provides accurate data.
  • Withings Sleep: The best non-wearable sleep tracker is the Withings Sleep. Place it under your mattress and forget about it till morning.
  • Google Nest Hub (2nd gen): The Google Nest Hub is the best bedside sleep tracker. While many other bedside sleep trackers are available, the Nest Hub doubles as a smart display with Google Assistant.

Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3: The best sleep trackers

Many Fitbit devices nail sleep tracking. The Sense and Versa 3 are two of the best sleep tracker watch options you can currently buy. They both track your total time asleep and awake, as well as your sleep stages. They also provide a sleep score from 1 to 100.

Sleep data is displayed clearly and concisely in the Fitbit app where you can view separate graphs of your time asleep and awake, sleep stages, and restoration. The watches even provide details on your sleeping heart rate and estimated oxygen variation. Once you wake, either of these Fitbit smartwatches are great activity trackers with enough smartwatch features to keep you connected.

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Fitbit Sense
Manage your stress and heart health
The Fitbit Sense is Fitbit's flagship health-focused smartwatch. It has built-in ECG, GPS, and heart rate sensors, plus a new EDA Scan app that measures your body's stress levels. This is by far Fitbit's most advanced health watch so far.
Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch
Fitbit Versa 3
One of the best smartwatches for most Android users
If you're looking for the best all-around smartwatch at a pretty good price, you're likely looking for the Fitbit Versa 3. Fitbit's cheaper flagship smartwatch sports standalone GPS, an accurate heart rate sensor, and plenty of nice smartwatch features.

Pros

  • High-end, premium design
  • Improved quick-release straps
  • Mostly accurate GPS and heart rate sensors
  • Skin temp sensor provides useful data (Sense)
  • Detailed sleep tracking
  • ~6-day battery life
  • Google Assistant and Alexa support
  • Speaker with phone call support

Cons

  • Bad inductive button
  • EDA and ECG sensors need refining (Sense)
  • Very small app library
  • Onboard music limited to two services
  • Proprietary charging cable

Check out our full reviews to learn more about the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Versa 3.


Withings ScanWatch: The best sleep tracker for sleep apnea detection

Our pick for best medical-grade sleep tracker watch, the Withings ScanWatch displays the SpO2 icon on a user's wrist.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Now available in the US, the Withings ScanWatch is the most detailed and accurate sleep tracker we’ve used. On top of recording your sleep duration, depth, regularity, and interruptions, it uses a medical-grade SpO2 monitor to detect breathing disturbances overnight. The ScanWatch performs a Respiratory Scan, which measures your heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation levels.

One downside to the ScanWatch’s sleep tracking is that it does not monitor your sleep stages. Withings said it’s keeping that functionality exclusive to its sleep mat (below). However, if you’re looking for a wearable with a  timeless aesthetic and powerful sleep tracking, the Withings ScanWatch is a good pick.

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Withings ScanWatch
The new Withings ScanWatch is taking health tracking to the next level. It has built-in ECG and SpO2 sensors to help detect early signs of AFib and sleep apnea. Plus, it acts as a hybrid smartwatch, giving you notifications, HR data, and more on your wrist.

Pros

  • Fantastic sleep tracking
  • Premium, classy design
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Health Mate app is well-designed and easy to use
  • Potentially lifesaving and easy-to-use ECG monitor
  • Clinically validated AFib and breathing disturbance notifications

Cons

  • Small display limits smart features
  • Few advanced fitness features or insights

Check out our full review to learn more about the Withings ScanWatch.


Garmin Venu 2 Plus: Garmin’s best sleep tracker

A Garmin Venu 2 Plus displays Body Battery, a feature that helps make this device a leading sleep tracker watch.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

If you’re deep in the Garmin ecosystem, you’ll want to pick up a Garmin Venu 2 Plus for sleep tracking. Like the Venu 2, it offers the company’s sleep score feature, powered by Firstbeat. Garmin’s sleep score, coupled with the company’s Body Battery feature, will allow you to really dig into your energy levels to determine how well-rested you actually are and what type of activity you should plan for the day.

The Venu 2 Plus can also measure your sleep duration, stages, and total time awake. It tracks blood oxygen levels, respiration rates, and overnight movements. Both the Venu 2 Plus and its predecessor are quite accurate at detecting your sleep quality compared to other devices. However, The Venu 2 Plus is a more well-rounded device overall, which is why it’s our top pick from Garmin.

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Garmin Venu 2
Garmin's new mid-range multisport watch
If you liked the original Garmin Venu, you're in for a treat with the Venu 2. It comes in two sizes, has lots of new features, and refines many of Garmin's existing health tracking modes to make an all-around more comprehensive wearable.

Pros

  • Excellent design and build quality
  • Rapid charging helps make up for battery woes
  • Clear call quality on the wrist
  • Slow, but useful voice assistant support
  • Accurate fitness and health tracking

Cons

  • High price tag
  • Battery life is shorter than Garmin claims
  • Heart rate sensor still has issues

Check out our full review to learn more about the Garmin Venu 2 Plus.


Oura Ring 2: The best sleep tracking ring

A user holds an Oura Ring 2, a good alternative to a sleep tracker watch, in front of indistinct Christmas lights,

If a fitness tracker is too uncomfortable for you, a ring might be a better choice. The Oura Ring 2 is a small, jewelry-inspired tracker packing a multitude of sensors. Although not the latest device from its line, the Oura Ring 2 is a reliable device we’ve tested ourselves.

Both the Oura Ring 2 and 3 pack an infrared heart rate monitor, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and not one but three temperature sensors. These allow the devices to measure changes in your skin color, detect when you fall asleep, and determine how much time you spend in each sleep stage.

According to Oura, the newest device will also offer more advanced functions sometime this year. These upcoming features include overnight blood oxygen measurement and an improved sleep staging algorithm. However, users will also need to purchase an Oura membership to use this device and it’s yet to be seen if the improvements will live up to Oura’s claims.

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Oura Ring 2
Sleep tracking from your finger
The Oura Ring 2 tracks just about everything a normal wrist-worn wearable tracks, only from your finger. It can track your sleep stages, efficiency, restfulness, heart rate, and even provide a sleep score.

Pros

  • In-depth sleep tracking
  • Body temperature and heart rate variability data
  • Great design and attention to detail
  • Non-invasive form factor sinks into the background
  • Actionable ‘readiness score’ and advice actually helps you to feel better

Cons

  • The app can be a struggle to navigate at times
  • Expensive

Check out our full review to learn more about the Oura Ring 2.


Withings Sleep: The best non-wearable sleep tracker

A product image of the Withings Sleep includes the pad and companion app.

If you want a specialized sleep tracking device that you don’t have to put on your wrist or finger, look no further than Withings Sleep (formerly Nokia Sleep). This smart pad can be placed under your mattress to track your sleeping patterns without sacrificing comfort.

It collects your data throughout the night and displays it on the companion app for you in the morning. The pad tracks all the basics: sleep duration in each phase, interruptions, and heart rate. It also offers some extras you won’t find on a wearable sleep tracker. The Withings Sleep has a built-in microphone that can help detect breathing disturbances and identify signs of chronic conditions such as sleep apnea. Additionally, the app gives a lot of detailed information, including a sleep score and tips on how to improve your sleeping habits.

However, one of the best things about Withings Sleep is that it’s a smart home gadget. It’s compatible with Alexa, allowing you to set up routines such as turning the lights off or adjusting the thermostat when you go to bed.

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Withings Sleep
The easiest way to track your sleep
The Withings Sleep is a sleep-tracking mat that you place under your mattress — no need to put on a wearable before bed. It tracks your sleep quality, heart rate, and can even track your snoring.

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen): The best bedside sleep tracker

A Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen is set on user's bed side table, displaying their respiratory wellness.
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Unlike the Withings Sleep, the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) cannot track your sleep stages. But using its built-in Soli sensor — combined with its temperature sensor and ambient sound and light sensors — it can track a variety of other things, such as your total time asleep, total time in bed, sleep efficiency (%), and respiratory rate. Plus, it can keep track of sleep disturbances like snoring, coughing, and changes in your room’s light.

We found the Nest Hub’s sleep tracking accurate compared to wrist-worn devices like the Oura Ring 2 and Fitbit Sense. There’s a big caveat with the Nest Hub’s Sleep Sensing feature, though: it’s only free through 2022. In 2023, you’ll need to sign up for a Fitbit Premium subscription to access the Nest Hub’s sleep tracking features.

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Google Nest Hub (second generation)
Sleep tracking, sans wearable
The Google Nest Hub (second generation) may look a lot like the first gen model, but it has improvements where it counts. It offers better, louder audio, support for hand gesture recognition, and bedside sleep tracking thanks to its built-in Soli sensor.
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Fitbit Premium
Fitbit premium aims to turn your fitness and health stats into personalized guidance. At $9.99 a month, Fitbit users should absolutely consider this premium app experience.

Pros

  • Improved sound with strong bass
  • Intuitive software with regular updates
  • Unique, hands-off way to track sleep
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Unknown sleep tracking subscription fee in 2022
  • Missing sleep tracking metrics compared to wearables
  • Google Fit is simple to a fault

Check out our full review to learn more about the Google Nest Hub (2nd gen).


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