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Fitbit's Android app will now help you get a better night's sleep

Fitbit is rolling out a useful new feature to its Android app that will help you take charge of your sleep schedule.

Published onJune 20, 2016

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We all know getting enough sleep is important, but it’s not always that easy. That’s why Fitbit has teamed up with a panel of sleep experts to develop a useful new feature that will help you get a better night’s sleep. 

The update, which is now available for Android, iOS and Windows devices, will bring a new Sleep Schedule feature to Fitbit’s smartphone companion app. Sleep Schedule brings along with it a set of guides that will help you get a more consistent sleep routine, which, in turn, will help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, as well as boost neurocognitive functions and overall mental health.

Specifically, Sleep Schedule comes with four standout features:

  • Sleep Goal will give you a personalized goal based on the sleep data recorded by your Fitbit tracker. You’ll also be able to set a target number of hours manually if you think the app needs a little extra help deciding what’s right for you.
  • Bedtime and Wake Up Targets are available, too. These will allow you to customize your wake up and bedtime targets based on personal preference, daily schedule and previous habits.
  • Bedtime and Wake Up Reminders are pretty self explanatory. To help you reach your sleep goal, you’ll receive reminders via push notifications on your phone. You can also set a silent alarm on your Fitbit tracker based on your wake up target.
  • Sleep Schedule History Chart will display your sleep consistency over time to help determine if you’re meeting your goals or need to adjust anything.
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The new Sleep Schedule feature works with all Fitbits that automatically track sleep, like the Fitbit Surge, Blaze, Charge HR, Alta, Charge, Flex, and even through manual sleep tracking with the Fitbit One. The company notes this is just the first major update in a series of sleep tools being developed in collaboration with Fitbit’s new panel of sleep experts.

Do you use a fitness tracker to help track your sleep? Tell us in the comments!