Activity Trackers Compared: Most Suck At Tracking Your Sleep

Activity Trackers Compared: Most Suck at Tracking Your Sleep

Your fitness tracker may claim to measure your sleep, but how accurate is it? To find out, sleep specialist Dr Christopher Winter tested several popular trackers in a one-night sleep study in his lab.

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He strapped the Fitbit Flex, Jawbone Up and Basis Chrome to his arm, along with an iPhone running the "24/7" activity tracking app, and a $US600 research-grade activity tracker called the Philips Actiwatch Spectrum.

Of the consumer models, only the Basis accurately tracked sleep and waking time, and detected two out of three REM cycles. Dr Winter writes, "I am floored that this device accurately staged sleep based solely upon wrist inputs." (It doesn't even require the user to put it into sleep mode.)

Results from the other devices were less impressive, not matching up to actual awakenings or sleep stages. Of course, it's only a one-night study done by one man, but the results are quite interesting. Check out the full article below for a graph of the results.

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    I've got the Misfit app running on a Pebble for the last 3 months or so. It seems fairly accurate in terms of total sleep (go to bed at 11:30, get up at 6:30 and it shows about 7 hours). Also gives deep sleep but who knows how accurate that is

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