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Fitbit adds a new feature and quirky fun to its already stellar sleep tracking

Let's be honest, hardly anyone is getting enough restful shuteye.
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June 22, 2022
The Fitbit Sense is among the devices Fitbit will be rolling Sleep Profile out to in July.
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TL;DR
  • Fitbit has introduced Sleep Profile, a detailed monthly analysis of users’ sleep patterns.
  • The feature is accessible to Fitbit Premium users with a Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, or Inspire 2.
  • Eligible users will receive their first Sleep Profile during the week of July 4.

We already had Fitbit earmarked as one of our favorite wearable lineups for accurate sleep tracking. Today, the brand announced it’s raising its own bar with a new feature for Premium users. Sleep Profile will dive deeper than ever before into users’ sleep metrics to find patterns, analyze behaviors, and help you catch more ZZZs.

The new Sleep Profile aims to give users insight into their key data points and combine those measurables into a digestible, month-long evaluation. Among the ten metrics the feature tracks are a few brand new to Fitbit: sleep schedule variability, time before sound sleep, and disrupted sleep. The feature also taps into a few familiar metrics as well, such as sleep duration, restfulness, and REM sleep. For each of these items tracked, Fitbit will show users where they fall compared to ideal ranges.

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As the name implies, the new feature issues a Sleep Profile to each participant. This will include monthly sleep analysis, as well as a sleep animal. That’s right, a sleepy little icon to represent what sleeper type you are and what your patterns suggest. Fitbit claims there is no “ideal” animal but we’ll be the judge of that (obviously whichever one is cutest).

If your behaviors or patterns change, your animal can also change each month. Each animal comes with corresponding insights into your most recently tracked data. These insights can help you determine how to improve your sleep in the subsequent month. Fitbit reckons that understanding your Sleep Profile will not only help you better understand your sleep but also positively impact your response to stressors and your progress towards all your health and fitness goals.

What you need to do

In short, just get to bed. Long-term data is key to the success of this feature so you’ll need to wear your device at least 14 nights per month to receive an assessment. If you wear it even more, great. Extra nights will only improve the evaluation’s accuracy. Then, simply look for your results in the Fitbit app.

Not all Fitbit users will benefit from the new feature, however. For starters, you will need to own one of six eligible sleep tracking devices. These are the Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, and Inspire 2. Next, you’ll need a Fitbit Premium membership, which will run you an extra $9.99 a month.

If you check both of these boxes, you should receive your first Sleep Profile (and corresponding animal) during the week of July 4. From then on, you will receive an updated profile on the 1st of each month.

With sleep tracking like this, it might be worth it to get a Fitbit even if you don’t care about Fitbit workouts that much.