Sleep-Tracking Activity Monitors

Overall health means getting a good night's sleep as well as enough physical activity each day. Some research also says that successful weight loss depends on sleep. Several activity monitors also track sleep quality, and some allow you to track your diet as well. For sleep quality, some only assess how often you moved during the night, while the MotionX app and Jawbone UP also assess deep sleep vs. light sleep. Most also have alarms to wake you up.


Jawbone UP has excellent automatic sleep monitoring and analysis and coaches you to better sleep habits. It integrates the excellent MotionX sleep detection technology. It's a wristband activity monitor. The current models are the UP2 and the UP3, both of which have automatic sleep detection. The UP MOVE does not track sleep.

  • Sleep Recording: The UP2 and UP3 have automatically detect sleep. You can also log sleep time for any period it might have missed and it will analyze the data from that period, or start and stop sleep from the app.
  • Wearing it for Sleep: You wear the wristband day and night.
  • Alarms: The UP has a Smart Alarm setting. You set your preferred wake-up time and will vibrate when you are in a period of light sleep up to 30 minutes before that time.
  • Sleep Data: Both UP2 and UP3 track time you went to sleep and woke up, total time you were asleep, total time in bed, time it took to fall asleep, number of times you woke up , total time you were awake. The UP3 has advanced sleep tracking and it reports total time of light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep. The UP2 reports light sleep and sound sleep. The UP3 also reports resting heart rate and you can see the heart rate graph during your sleep period. If the band didn't detect sleep, you can log it and then it will analyze the data for that period and report it.
  • Sleep Coaching: The Smart Coach in the app gives you suggestions for getting better sleep, including coaxing you to go to be earlier or getting more exercise earlier in the day.
  • Compatible Sleep Apps: Sleepio
  • Other Data: Steps, distance, total calorie burn, active calorie burn, resting calorie burn, active minutes, longest active time, longest idle time, meal tracking with nutrition analysis, Idle Alerts (set it to vibrate when you've been sitting for a period of time).
  • Device Requirement: Bluetooth® 4.0 BLE compatible mobile devices.
  • Power: Recharge via a USB dongle every seven to 10 days.
  • Jawbone UP Review
  • Jawbone UP2 Review
  • Jawbone UP3 Review


MotionX Sleep - Sleep Chart
MotionX Sleep - Sleep Chart. Screen Capture by Wendy Bumgardner

This practically-free app might be all you need, if you have an iPhone and you carry it with you all day and are willing to sleep with it at night. It provides the brains behind the Jawbone UP's sleep analysis, and you can use it as an all-day pedometer and track individual workouts.

  • Wearing it for Sleep: You can set the phone on your bed or wear it attached to your body. You tell the app which you are doing so it uses a different sensitivity setting for each. You can set a sleep goal.
  • Alarms: You can set a definite alarm time, or use the Smart Alarm setting to wake you when you are in light sleep within your chosen time period before that time. You can schedule alarms by day of the week
  • Sleep Recording: Open the app and tell it to Start Sleep. End it when you get up.
  • , set the volume, choose sounds or songs from your playlist, set vibration, and set snooze alarm settings. You can set multiple alarms.
  • Power Nap: You can set a power nap alert and it will wake you after your chosen time (from 15 minutes to 180 minutes).
  • Sleep Data: Actual time asleep, total time in bed, time it took to fall asleep, number of times awakened, minutes of light sleep, minutes of deep sleep, minutes awake in bed, sleep efficiency percentage, graph showing periods of deep sleep, light sleep and time awake. You also see a 7-day average and have an ongoing sleep log. With the app update to the 24/7 version, they have added snoring, sleep-talking and sleep apnea detection.
  • Other Data: You can use this app as an always-on pedometer by turning on the 24/7 Step Count, although that will use up your battery time faster. You can also record individual walks with steps, distance, step calories, and cadence. It has a voice coach and you can get audio feedback for a timed walk, steps, or calories, choosing the interval and volume. To reduce your sitting time, you can set Get Active Alerts. You can also measure your resting heart rate.
  • Device Requirement: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
  • MotionX Sleep App Review



Fitbit One, Flex, Charge, Charge HR, Alta, Surge, as well as the older models can be used to track your sleep quality. The Fitbit Zip does not have that capability. Fitbits upload wirelessly to a computer via a USB dongle or to your mobile device via a mobile app.

  • Sleep Recording: The Charge and Charge HR automatically detects sleep, while you need to remember to turn on and turn off sleep-tracking with the other models.
  • Wearing it for Sleep: You can simply wear the wristband models to bed, and they provide a soft wristband for the One.
  • Alarms: You can set up to eight vibrating silent alarms from the Dashboard or app, specifying days of week and repeating or not repeating.
  • Sleep Data: Actual time asleep, number of times and minutes awakened, number of times and minutes restless, graph. It doesn't distinguish light sleep vs. deep sleep. See daily, weekly, monthly, 3 months and yearly graphs of time asleep and times awakened.
  • Other Data: Steps, Distance, Total Daily Calories Burned, Floors Climbed (some models), Time of Day (all but Flex), activity indicator. You can also use their food diary and nutrition analysis via web site or app.
  • Computer Requirement: You can set up Fitbit with either the mobile app (iOS or Android) or a PC or Mac computer.
  • Power: The sleep-tracking Fitbits all require recharging every 7-10 days.
  • Fitbit Alta Review
  • Fitbit One Review
  • Fitbit Flex Wristband Review
  • Fitbit Charge Fitness Band Review
  • Fitbit Charge HR Review
  • Fitbit Surge Review


The Withings Pulse syncs only with mobile devices, both Android and iOS, although you can view your data online as well. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, sleep quality and has a pulse reader.

  • Sleep Recording: You scroll to the heart/moon screen and press the moon for a second to start sleep recording. In the morning, you press the button twice to stop and return to day mode. I had no problems in activating and stopping the sleep recording.
  • Wearing it for Sleep: The Pulse comes with a wristband to slip the sensor into for sleep tracking. But as I did with the Fitbit, I just wore it clipped to my sleepwear.
  • Alarms: It has no alarms.
  • Sleep Data: On the mobile app, the detail screen for each day shows total time in bed, time to fall asleep, number of wakenings, time in light sleep, time in deep sleep, and total time asleep. The color-coded graph shows light sleep vs. deep sleep vs. awake times each half hour. You can review past days and it gives you a seven-day analysis. On the web site, you can review weeks in detail for both sleep and activity.
  • Other Data: Steps, Distance, Activity Calories Burned, Elevation Gained, and you can take your pulse with the LED pulse reader. It will also sync data with the Withings Wi-Fi Scale for weight readings, the Withings blood pressure machine, and the MyFitnessPal app for diet tracking.
  • Computer Requirement: No computer needed, but you need an iOS or Android mobile device to use the Withings Health Mate app to view the sleep quality data. The sensor transmits the data via Bluetooth only to a mobile device. You can use any computer to view your data on the Withings web site in full detail.
  • Power: The Pulse has a rechargeable battery, so you need to plug it in to a USB power connection approximately every 14 days.
  • Withings Pulse Review


The Misfit Shine and Shine 2 are sleek activity monitors you can wear on a clasp or wristband. They are purely mobile-compatible via Bluetooth 4.0.

  • Sleep Recording: The Shine 2 has automatic sleep detection, while the original Shine needs to be tapped 3 times to start and end a sleep period. It flashes a distinct smile pattern so you are ensured you have done that right.
  • Wearing it for Sleep: They suggest wearing it with the wristband to track sleep, although I wore it with the clasp.
  • Alarms: The Shine 2 has a vibrating alarm, while the original Shine has none.
  • Sleep Data: You see a graph and totals of restful sleep, light sleep and time awake.
  • Other Data: Time of day, Steps, Calories Burned, Distance, automatic and on-demand exercise period recording with step totals and intensity ranking.
  • Mobile Device Requirement: Sync with Bluetooth 4.0, compatible iOS and Android mobile devices.
  • Power: Uses a replaceable coin battery which should last three to four months.
  • Review: Misfit Shine
  • Review: Misfit Shine 2


The Polar Loop, Loop 2, and A300 wristband activity monitors track sleep time as well as activity.

  • Sleep Recording: They automatically detect your sleep time.
  • Wearing it for Sleep: Just wear the wristband.
  • Sleep Data: You get a total sleep time and duration for restful sleep, restless sleep, and a percentage of restful sleep. You can also view your sleep period on the daily "clock" activity graph to see times when you were active during the night.
  • Other Data: Time of day, Steps, Calories Burned, active time broken out into time up, moderately active and very active, inactivity alerts, and it can link to Bluetooth Polar heart rate monitor straps to display your heart rate and track exercise sessions.
  • Polar Loop Review
  • Polar A300 Review


The Garmin activity bands also track sleep.

  • Sleep Recording: To monitor your sleep, you have to start and stop a sleep period on the band. If you forget to do that (which is often for me), you can edit the sleep period in the app or online dashboard to capture it.
  • Sleep Data: On the app or dashboard you can view your total sleep period time and a sleep graph with low to high movement.
  • Garmin vivosmart Review
  • Garmin vivofit and vivofit 2 Review


Sleep Time App by Azumio
Sleep Time App by Azumio. Azumio Screen Capture by Wendy Bumgardner

The Sleep Time app integrates with the Argus activity monitor app and Azumio's Instant Heart Rate app. It has many great features.

  • Sleep Recording: Start the app and place your phone face down on the bed. When you get up, stop the app.
  • Alarms: You set your alarm time and Sleep Time monitors you for the 30 minutes before that time to find the best time to wake you gently. It has a snooze feature, just pick up your phone to get more snooze time. Choose from over a dozen alarms or from your playlist, and you can add vibration
  • Soundscapes: Do you want to fall asleep to the sounds of gentle waves, the rainforest or something from your playlist? Just set this when you start your sleep cycle. It comes with four soundscapes available.
  • Sleep Data: It tracks time in bed, sleep duration, sleep efficiency, time awake, light sleep, deep and REM sleep. You can see daily, weekly and monthly graphs. The daily graph also transfers to the Argus activity app as a handy quick-glance icon.
  • Sharing: You can share your sleep graph to Facebook or Twitter.
  • Device Requirement: Compatible with iOS and Android
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