What To Do When Your Fitbit Doesn’t Track Your Sleep

Do you own a sleep tracker? Believe me or not but you must have considered the Fitbit. Now, you might be wondering how would I know that you had purchased a Fitbit sleep tracker.

I’m not a magician!

After all, we all know, it’s one of the most popular brands on the market. But what do you do if your Fitbit doesn’t seem to track your sleep correctly? Don’t worry – we’re here to help!

In this post, we’ll walk you through some troubleshooting steps to take if your Fitbit isn’t accurately recording your shuteye. Keep reading for tips on how to get your Fitbit working properly again.

Fitbits are technology’s brainchild. With abilities like tracking sleep, steps, heart rate, and much more, Fitbits allow encompassing of information from a small package. Without Fitbit, athletes and individuals getting more into healthy lifestyles may seem lost. 

Why is it important to track sleep? 

Scientifically proven, sleep is man’s best friend. It is the sole reason why humans can function the way they do. From internal affairs to external, sleep balances all things related to being a human. 

Keeping track of your sleep is very important for many reasons, but why is it so essential? In bad sleeping habits and sleep disorders, this tracking becomes the best agent to form a solution. 

The Fitbit tracks the REM (rapid eye movement) and Non-REM cycle, including the heart rate and restlessness. This becomes important crucial when trying to figure out the answer to these stress-induced sleeping patterns. 

How does the Fitbit track sleep? 

When you’ve been resting for an hour without any movements, this is when the Fitbit starts tracking your sleeping patterns. The Fitbit gathers the data regarding the sleep cycle as one hour passes by.

The first few hours (around 3 hours) are categorized as: restless, awake, or asleep. Once three hours are down, Fitbit classifies sleep as light, deep, and REM. Finally, a score is assigned based on the data gathered, which shows the quality and quantity of sleep. 

Why is my Fitbit not tracking my sleep? 

Fitbits are a great way of keeping track of sleep and sleeping patterns to get the best of a healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes the Fitbit doesn’t track sleep, and this could be due to one of these simple mistakes: 

  • Sleep Monitor: While purchasing a Fitbit, it will do you well to make sure you are buying one that has the feature of sleep tracking. There is a common mistake that many buyers make, which can frustrate them.
  • Placement: It is recommended to wear Fitbit fastly around your wrists often; people clip them onto their clothes or fasten them around their arms. As soon as these steps are taken, the heart monitor stops working. For the heart monitor and the sensors to work to their fullest, it is essential to have it placed upon the wrist and not anywhere else. 
  • Synced Data: It is often necessary to manually transfer the data to the smartphone. Your sleep records may not be showing on your phone if this is not done. You may be losing data daily without even knowing it. Syncing data first thing in the morning will ensure that everything is captured. The manual recording can be turned off to make life easier. In this way, the data can be automatically synchronized.
  • Sensitivity: When sleeping, we tend to move a lot. This disrupts the pattern formed by the Fitbit if the sensitivity is kept at the lowest level. This mode makes it seem as if you’re not sleeping. Turning the mode from normal to sensitive will help curate the results you’ve been looking for.

While these are some of the core issues as to why the Fitbit may not be tracking your sleep, keeping a constant check at the updates and sync cycles of both the smartphone and the Fitbit will allow a smooth sail, often, it’s just an update of the apps that gives trouble. 

Final Thoughts 

Connecting the Fitbit with your smartphone and making sure it’s working seamlessly the way it’s supposed to isn’t as hard as many users may make it seem. Making sure to follow all the suggestions for troubleshooting will allow you to recover and maintain data easily. 

Even after these suggestions, the Fitbit is troubling, it would be best to contact the Fitbit support in case of any hardware issues.