Sleep Profiles Are Coming to Fitbit Premium

Posted on June 22, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Fitbit with 6 Comments

Fitbit Premium subscribers will soon gain access to a new Sleep Profile feature that Fitbit says offers a new longitudinal analysis of your sleep patterns.

“Since the introduction of Fitbit’s sleep features in 2009, sleep tracking has been incredibly popular – making information previously only available through a sleep lab accessible to users via their wrist,” the Fitbit team writes in the announcement post. “To date, we’ve analyzed 22 billion hours of sleep data, equivalent to the lifespan of over 5,000 tortoises.” (A tortoise can live up to 500 years.)

According to Fitbit, the Sleep Profile feature analyzes your sleep across 10 key metrics each month, calculates trends, and then compares them to what’s typical for your age and gender. New metrics—like sleep schedule variability, time before sound sleep, and disrupted sleep—join previously tracked metrics like as sleep duration, restfulness, and REM sleep, Fitbit notes, and together they “portray a holistic month-long view of your sleep patterns and quality.”

This requires your Fitbit to track your sleep for weeks and then months, and so users won’t see anything right away. You have to wear the Fitbit to bed at least 14 nights in any given month, and the more you wear it, the more precise the data will be.

What’s not clear to me is what you can do with this data: Fitbit notes that this analysis will let “you discover where you have room to improve.” But how can you actually improve your sleep quality?

Anyway, Sleep Profile is rolling out to Premium users with a Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, or Inspire 2 Fitbit devices. Users will receive their first profile during the week of July 4, followed by monthly profiles delivered in the Fitbit app on the 1st of each month.

You can learn more about Fitbit Premium—which costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year—from the Fitbit website.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Sleep Profiles Are Coming to Fitbit Premium”

  1. wshwe

    I think this is a bogus feature. There is no 1-size fits all sleep pattern.

  2. JerryH

    This is funny. The device doesn't actually know when you are asleep anyway. It tries to infer it from a combination of heart rate and movement of your wrist. And, at least for people like me with sleep apnea, it fails pretty badly. I am awake a lot during the night. And I often look at the clock to see what time it is. Often during those times (which I can easily recall in the morning) it will say I was asleep. Pretty cool trick to be able to roll over, look at the clock, see it is 3:01 AM and roll back over all while asleep. That said, it does at least know that I wake up A LOT. For example, last night it shows that I was awake 29 times for a total of 1 hour and 25 minutes. And that is underreporting. If the device cannot accurately determine wake / sleep, I don't know what value this premium feature will be providing. I did try the free 6 months or year of premium that came with the Sense when I got it, but I never got anything out of it. When I cancelled premium I did not even notice the difference in features as there was nothing worth using in the premium plan.

    • nkhughes

      Same here. I gave up with sleep tracking on my Fitbit Blaze. Just lying in bed reading or listening to the radio would be classed as sleep, and it didn't take long for me to realise that every time I watched a movie in the cinema the Blaze would think I was sleeping. The movies weren't that bad.

  3. Grizzly

    Looking forward to this being released. The sleep analysis is the main reason I keep my fitbit premium subscription going. After 5 or 6 years now of wearing a Fitbit almost continuously. Both me and my wife find the data is very accurate.

  4. gregsedwards

    Why it's taken so long for Google to fully integrate Fitbit into their family of services is beyond me. I bought a Wear OS watch over a year ago figuring some kind of Fitbit integration would be coming. It does absolutely nothing with Fitbit services. I have to use a third-party app to get my Google Fit data from my watch and phone to sync with my Fitbit account.

  5. matsan

    Congrats. Been using Garmins’s sleep analysis for years but with my Solar 2 i got access to even more insights from the National Sleep Foundation Garmin has teamed up with and that has been incredibly helpful.