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.