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June 10, 2012 8:04 AM
I just got my new fitbit and it seems to be working well for everything but sleep. Does anyone know how to get it to track sleep?
June 10, 2012 8:25 AM
Sleep is just a timed activity that fitbit interprets as sleep.

Put the fitbit in the Velcro wrist thingy. When you're about to go to sleep (ie, books read etc, lights going out) hold down the button for a couple of seconds until the timer starts. In the morning hold it down again and the timer will stop.

After you sync you'll see a sleep activity.

It seems reasonably accurate too.
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June 10, 2012 7:06 PM
I was anxious to see how accurate the FBit was to log sleep, and it seems to be right on. Amazing. The wrist thing drove me nuts, so I slip it onto the collar of my t-shirt or night clothes...this thing is sooo amazing!
June 11, 2012 4:39 AM
I've been using my FB for sleep and love it and amazed at how it does that. I even took a nap yesterday afternoon and used it .I didn't even realize I had gone to sleep until I tracked on it.

When I woke up this morning though the FB was in the bed. I'm going to have to put it on down in the wristband I guess instead of hooking it on the outside.. That's the first time that has happened..
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June 11, 2012 6:28 AM
Hmm, I didn't think it would be accurate if worn near your chest... The instructions say to wear it on the wrist of your non-dominant hand so it can more accurately track movement in your sleep. But it depends on how much you move around, I suppose. I don't find it a bother when sleeping and yes, it really does seem to be very accurate!!
June 11, 2012 6:34 AM
I wear it on the wristband at night and I think it is quite accurate; especially in terms of the number of times I wakeup during the night. I've found I apparently thrash about enough to even knock the Fitbit *off* the wristband. :-}
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June 11, 2012 9:41 AM
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I wear it on the wristband at night and I think it is quite accurate; especially in terms of the number of times I wakeup during the night. I've found I apparently thrash about enough to even knock the Fitbit *off* the wristband. :-}


There is a slot in the wristband. First tuck it completely inside, then slide it around at least an inch or two. It won't fall out again!
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June 11, 2012 4:26 PM
QUOTE:

Sleep is just a timed activity that fitbit interprets as sleep.

Put the fitbit in the Velcro wrist thingy. When you're about to go to sleep (ie, books read etc, lights going out) hold down the button for a couple of seconds until the timer starts. In the morning hold it down again and the timer will stop.

After you sync you'll see a sleep activity.

It seems reasonably accurate too.


Wow, thank you! All this time I've been doing it wrong. I had read that you check the time when you're about to go to sleep, then check it when you get up, and manually log it on the website.
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June 12, 2012 6:30 AM
Do you do the same thing for exercise, or do you just look at the clock for that?


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  14877786
June 13, 2012 2:20 AM
Just curious, does what sleep setting do you guys use? Normal or sensitive?


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June 13, 2012 5:14 AM
There were a few nights where I didn't feel like locating my wrist band or getting up for it and wore it on my PJs. I've worn it on the pants part and the shirt part. No it isn't the same. It basically had zero interruptions for me and I always have interrupted sleep.

I personally use it to see how many hours I slept total and don't worry too much about the interruptions. (Ie, do I sleep an average of 6 hours a night or 9?). Having said that, I like data too much to screw with it so I try to use the wrist band most of the time.
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June 13, 2012 5:18 AM
Fitbit knows when you are exercising and when you are asleep. I'm guessing it has to do I think with the position of the fitbit and amount of activity. If you left it in a locker, it would think you were asleep. For both activities, you use the stopwatch function by holding down the button until it says start and repeating it at the end until it says stop. Your steps are highlighted as an activity but it doesn't change anything. You can put in your own information on MFP using the start and end times from that fitbit activity and suddenly it gives your activity record a name and it assigns whatever caloric value you give it. THis is useful for exercises you want to use a Heart Rate Monitor value or for situations where you are swimming and can't wear it but you want the time you started and stopped so you don't double count an area you didn't mean to and you get full credit for the time you wanted it for.

Hope that helps.
  6674609
June 13, 2012 5:37 AM
I agree that it seems very accurate. I also knocked mine out of my wristband. I must not have had it in there very well. Mine is set on normal (or whatever-not sensitive).
June 13, 2012 12:00 PM
I've only had FitBit mix up sleep and exercise a couple of times. One was Hatha Yoga, which I guess I was still enough for at that beginning that it decided I was sleeping. But then you can just convert it from a sleep record to an activity record, no problem.

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Fitbit knows when you are exercising and when you are asleep. I'm guessing it has to do I think with the position of the fitbit and amount of activity. If you left it in a locker, it would think you were asleep. For both activities, you use the stopwatch function by holding down the button until it says start and repeating it at the end until it says stop. Your steps are highlighted as an activity but it doesn't change anything. You can put in your own information on MFP using the start and end times from that fitbit activity and suddenly it gives your activity record a name and it assigns whatever caloric value you give it. THis is useful for exercises you want to use a Heart Rate Monitor value or for situations where you are swimming and can't wear it but you want the time you started and stopped so you don't double count an area you didn't mean to and you get full credit for the time you wanted it for.

Hope that helps.
June 13, 2012 3:08 PM
i use normal sleep mode. I also use "record mode" for any excercise other than walking, (press and hold before i start then press and hold when I stop.) then i find the log on fit bit page (may take a few minutes) open MFP and log excercise, (enter the time started and how long) fitbit will give you an accurate calorie adjustment. most times I delete the adjustment, excercise, log excercise, and then let fitbit readjust calories after all is logged at end of day. I do this cause it seems that the calorie adjustment initially is waaay high but after i do the little "delete" routine, it worked better.
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June 13, 2012 3:52 PM
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Wow, thank you! All this time I've been doing it wrong. I had read that you check the time when you're about to go to sleep, then check it when you get up, and manually log it on the website.


I guess you figured out that you can do that if you forget to do it the other way. I find it easier to just use the button. Same for activity. It is interesting that you learned the lesser known way to log before the more common way. It doesn't hurt to know two ways to do something to have a plan B!
September 22, 2012 9:01 AM
QUOTE:

I just got my new fitbit and it seems to be working well for everything but sleep. Does anyone know how to get it to track sleep?


You really do have to hold down the button for 5 seconds until the timer flashes away. Just seeing the time doesn't record sleep, it records as a timer for activity.
December 25, 2012 9:57 PM
Do you leave the FitBit in the clip holder and put it in the sleep band? or do you take it our of the holder and just put it in the pouch on the wrist band? thanks Just got the FitBit One for Christmas today:)
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December 26, 2012 6:59 AM
QUOTE:

Do you leave the FitBit in the clip holder and put it in the sleep band? or do you take it our of the holder and just put it in the pouch on the wrist band? thanks Just got the FitBit One for Christmas today:)
I also got the Fitbit for Christmas! I took it out of the clip and placed it inside the slot on the band. I think it's too bulky to put in there with the clip attached. I found the wristband to be very comfortable and I keep it on my nightstand so it's always ready.

My results were accurate I think. It said it took me 17 minutes to fall asleep and I had a few interruptions. Mostly in the morning when my alarm went off because I forgot to shut it on my phone.
I did use the alarm on the Fitbit and it did wake me up! I love this thing so far!!
Edited by KarenJ15 On December 26, 2012 7:00 AM
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February 11, 2013 10:27 AM
Only Recorded a Part of My Night's Sleep

I used it with normal sleep sensitivity and it told me I'd taken a half hour to get to sleep (which was about right, since I stretched my leg for a while) and that I slept soundly for 3.5 hours and woke up. I actually woke at 6am, and feeling alert as usual. What happened? Did I walk in my sleep (I do take Zolpidem) or wake up and switch it off and forget I'd done that?

Does anyone have experience with using the sensitive sleep mode?
February 11, 2013 12:24 PM
I'm not sure what sensitivity mine is set at, but I find mine shuts off in the middle of the night quite regularly. When it does I just edit the time I got out of bed but it is quite frustrating.
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February 11, 2013 1:30 PM
I take mine out of the holder and slip it into the pocket on the wrist holder. It is DEAD ON accurate. I tried to do a timer for an activity once but it said I was sleeping and I wasn't....so I think I'm doing something wrong there.
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February 11, 2013 9:54 PM
I have nothing useful to add to this conversation, but I just wanted to say that the whole time I read the thread I was humming "It knows when you are sleeping, It knows when you're awake."

I'm going to bed now. I've devolved into silliness, but it had to be shared.
  9196727
February 11, 2013 10:16 PM
If anyone is having issues with it not tracking accurately, clip the Fitbit somewhere on your person (shirt, bra, shorts) and keep it on normal settings. I've been getting very, very accurate readings by doing this.

With the wrist method, it recorded random twitches as waking up (when I didn't) and anything on sensitive is going to be way, way off. Every time I used the sensitive setting, it told me I was awake more often than I was asleep. So if you're having similar issues, give the above method a shot.
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