Fitbit tracking device

I bought a Fitbit tracking device as I found that manually keeping a sleep diary was keeping me awake. It's been really effective for filling in my sleep diary.

There are two sleep settings normal and sensitive and I've been using sensitive for the last two weeks and I'm now not sure whether I should be using that setting. Fitbit say:

The normal setting counts significant movements such as rolling over as being awake, and is appropriate for most users.
The sensitive setting will cause your tracker to record nearly all movements as time spent awake. This setting may be helpful for users with sleep disorders, or those who wear their tracker somewhere other than the wrist while asleep.

Which should I be using. I've been wearing the tracker on my wrist and sensitive is showing that I wake up 8-13 times a night. However, I'm not aware of being awake more than once or twice a night. I'm currently into 3 days of the session 3 Pro-sleep schedule.

Posted 25 Sep 2014 at 9:57 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    I too have a fitbit and I think mine had a melt down, it had been sleeping 16 hours!!! I don't know if it was because of the time change. Who knows. I know I didn't sleep that long unless I was in coma lol!! so had to do the sleep diary myself today which was guessing!!

  • Sleepio Member

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    I'm also having problems syncing my fitbit to sleepio. Sleepio seems to forget that I have a fitbit. Every time I go into Sleepio, I click “Add my tracking device” and then “Connect my Fitbit”. Sleepio responds with “Success! Your device is now connected. Your sleep data will be automatically imported once a day.” But this doesn't actually happen, and I have to go through the same clicks every time to get my data in.

    Any suggestions for how to get the connection to stick?

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have the same issue. I have decided its not worth worrying about and reconnect it when I go into sleepio, its still worthwhile I feel despite the glitches. I have been using the sensitive setting and like others here it shows my sleep efficiency to be quite low. I am nearly finished week 3 and have found with the sleep deprivation stage my SE has actually gone up, so comparatively speaking I can see an improvement. But I am considering either changing to the normal setting or as another person has done, readjust the entries to remove the restless periods as I think leaving them in doesn't give a good indication of how long I have been sleeping. I am so tired on this first week of sleep deprivation (despite the fact my actual sleep average is the same) that I desperately want to increase my time in bed.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have the same issue. I have decided its not worth worrying about and reconnect it when I go into sleepio, its still worthwhile I feel despite the glitches. I have been using the sensitive setting and like others here it shows my sleep efficiency to be quite low. I am nearly finished week 3 and have found with the sleep deprivation stage my SE has actually gone up, so comparatively speaking I can see an improvement. But I am considering either changing to the normal setting or as another person has done, readjust the entries to remove the restless periods as I think leaving them in doesn't give a good indication of how long I have been sleeping. I am so tired on this first week of sleep deprivation (despite the fact my actual sleep average is the same) that I desperately want to increase my time in bed.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I accidentally clicked 'connect health app' on Sleepio iPhone app. The only other option was 'connect jawbone'. Now I can't find an option to synch my Fitbit?!
    Please help :-(

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    Hi, I've got a Fitbit., but I'm not a real techie! I sync daily manually to Sleepio. Go to sleep diary page on iPad, ( not sure if iPhone display is the same

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have a jawbone up 3 and use it as a base, but I always have to edit it a bunch after it imports. The sleep section of the jawbone is not sensitive enough. I have been awake and manually marked down the times, and then I look at my jawbone app the next day and it says that I was never awake at those times. I even tapped it a few times to change the setting and it still acted like I hadn't woken up. I think it's just a good starting place, so I won't unsync it from Sleepio.

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    Yes, I had trouble getting my fitbit to sync – disconnect and reconnect or alternatively click on the connect device each time you log on in the morning.

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    Hi,

    I'm also using the sensitive setting, the reason being was that when I first started using my fitbit I had it on the normal setting and it was telling me that I was getting 8 hours of sleep a night, and I'd wake feeling grim, tired and unrested.

    I then set it to sensitive and found out that I was only sleeping deeply for 4 1/2 hours of those 8 hours and that the rest of the time I was restless (though not actually awake). Suddenly my tiredness made sense, I wasn't getting restorative sleep for nearly 50% of the time I spent in bed.

    I'm now nearly at the end of week 3 and a 5 hour SR schedule, which is awful. My SE hasn't improved (it went up on night three to 75% and I got really excited and now its back down to 60ish%) and I'm getting 3 1/4 hours a night.

    I “fell off the wagon” this afternoon and ended up taking a 1 3/4 hour nap and feel great as a result, but I'm worried I've messed up tonights sleep. I'm finding this unbelievably difficult!

    I'm hoping someone has been in a similar situation and can tell me it is going to get better…. Please let it get better, I'm feeling horribly sleep deprived and work is a nightmare, I'm so unproductive and I'm snapping at my children.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Has anyone tried using an app like 'Sleep Cycle' or 'Good Morning'? I have been using 'Sleep Cycle for quite some time so I am thinking I can transfer that data over pretty easily as opposed to buying a fitbit. Thoughts?

  • Sleepio Member

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    I've now got a Jawbone UP3 and am interested in recording its results. But it appears that it falsely records some time as “Light Sleep” when actually I'm just lay very still.
    I think over my years of poor sleep I've learnt to get rest by being still with my eyes closed, and also that my average heart rate is low any way so that confuses the UP3 into saying I'm asleep.

    Any one else have these sort of issues with their recording kit ?

  • Sleepio Member

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    I find the Fitbit tends to overestimate my time asleep as it relies on movement. Records me being asleep when reading

  • Sleepio Member

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    I just bought a fitbit and last night it told me I had gone to sleep immediately, yet I know it took me nearly two hours to doze off. So like you I think it over estimates. I am confused about using the device because it is clearly inaccurate, however perhaps it doesn't matter. Perhaps just making us think about out sleep is what matters.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi
    Now using my Fitbit just as a rough guide, last night it was recording me as asleep before I had gone to bed!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi
    Now using my Fitbit just as a rough guide, last night it was recording me as asleep before I had gone to bed!

  • Sleepio Member

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    I'm on my first week of the course. I am trying to use Sleep cycle too as I find it very difficult to not clock watch otherwise throughout the night – and also it's hard to remember how many times I wake and what time etc. as it's rather a lot. I'm not sure how accurate it is and it is early days. I'd be interested to know how you – and anyone else using Sleep cycle – get on.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have been a FitBit user for over a year. I know there are sleep tracking on just about every device. I have always used the heart rate monitor devices. I just see that a unit that can monitor your resting heart rate, to be far more accurate about sleep than one that bases sleep from movement (at least I'm guessing that is how not HR units do it)

  • Sleepio Member

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    I use a Fitbit HR and have for a couple of years. I fear that it records my husbands movements as well as mine! It is not always accurate but I feel it is better than not keeping track, or as others have said, clock watching and focusing on when awake instead of getting good sleep.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I think one of the issues with Fitbit is that when the data is imported to the sleep diary it includes the time you were awake and trying to get to sleep under the “How many times did you wake up during the night?” – so it said I had gotten up 8+ times during the night but in reality it was only 4 – Fitbit included the 4+ times I was restless whilst trying to get to sleep. Other than that I've found it really great – to help with not clock watching and not feeling like I have to count how many times I get up in the night! (I have been using it on normal setting)

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have a Charge 2 and whilst not perfect it is useful. it counts a bit of turning over to get comfortable before sleep as times awake. It also records lying still as time asleep.

    However, aside from that , it is very useful. Provided you are not lying still but wide awake it logs restless and deep sleep well and will give a total Sleep time that is more accurate than that of Sleepio's 15 minute chunks of ' time to fall asleep' 'time awake during night time awakenings' .

    It reveals that I have very short periods of restful sleep and many periods of restlessness ( which according to Sleepio's calculation count as 'time asleep' ) This explains why I do not feel rested at the end of my Sleep Window when Sleepio is crediting me with 5 h 45m sleep . THat is because 1h 30m or more have been shallow and restless according to Fitbit

    My husband also has a Fitbit. He has always been able to get up and face the day by 6 am. HIs graph shows why. He has perhaps two, at most periods three, of restlessness as against two or three long periods (2 hours or more each) of deep sleep. I have 10-12 restless periods and my best deep sleep episode lasts no more than 30-40 minutes

    My device is linked to Sleepio but every day in my sleep diary comments I record how/ where I feel the Fitbit and Sleepio data conflict. I then give my own estimate of my pattern for that night. The Sleepio calculations are always too generous but my Fitbit data tells me why I do not feel as rested as I should.

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