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 started Sleepio yesterday and linked my Fitbit Alta HR, which provides more sleep data than the older Fitbits. The info imported to Sleepio is wildly different from what Fitbit itself reported. It says I was awake two hours more than Fitbit says! The Fitbit data rings true to what I experienced for wakefulness. What is going on?

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    Hello Renee and welcome to Sleepio.
    I too am a Fitbit user and have my device linked to Sleepio. However, almost from the word go I realised that there were discrepancies – the most obvious one being that FB records lying still as being asleep. So, I always fill in my Sleep dairy manually, basing the information on Fitbit but also on my own perceptions. I am more satisfied with the end result that way. I do find, however , that usually the difference between total sleep as calculated by me +sleepio and Fitbit's data is only 10-15 minutes overall.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I admit I seem to be lucky with my Fitbit. I wonder if Lindsay (lhobby) got her replacement and,if she did, whether it is behaving?

    My only problem has been a few night's here and there where mine has reverted to the bar graph rather than the detailed analysis.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Yes I've got my new one. Two nights working – so far so good.

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    Hello Renee545. I enter my sleep diary data manually.I have never linked my fitbit to Sleepio as I got it after I started so i use this data and subtract the time awake the fitbit gives when I know I wasn't even in bed but just listening to my meditation track pre-bed. It then more or less co-incides with what I feel. After that, Like OFSS, mine is only 15 mins or so out.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks for the input. I will just manually change things. I seem to “nap” often when I first go to bed, then wake up about 20-30 minutes later and stay awake sometimes an hour or more. I think FB can't handle this.

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    Thanks for the advice!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks. It was about two hours different again, but I think you're right, FB thinks that if your heart rate is low that you are asleep rather than lying awake as I was. I guess I'll just keep editing manually.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have read somewhere that FB only decides it should record a period as your night's sleep if you have been still/ lying down for three hours. Recently I went to bed at 11.30 pm but got up for a QHR session from 1.15 -1.40 am. FB recorded that I had not gone to bed at all until 1.45.

    It has also happened that I got up around 3 or 4 am for 5 or 10 minutes but then went back to bed and fell asleep again and it recorded a 3 hour spell of sleep for the previous night ( because the sleep period started before midnight) but only counted the second later period for time asleep/ awake purposes for the night as a whole

    I think we expect too much of a device which, after all, is only sensing our movement and heart rate. That is why I find FB data useful but prefer to use it as one element of a sleep dairy that I enter manually rather than allow it to be the only source of information on my sleep for Sleepio

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    I decided to try uploading my sleep data from my Fitbit Alta HR last night and I was very confused to see it report something different to Sleepio than it reports to me. On my phone app, it tells me I slept for 5hr 24min out of 6 hours, but on Sleepio it reported I slept for 3hr 30 minutes out of 6hr 15. On my phone it says I was awake for about 41 minutes, on Sleepio it says 2hr 30 minutes. I was expecting to see my Fitbit not match up exactly with my own experience, but the fact that it is reporting 2 different things has me very confused. Has anyone else had this issue?

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    Hi Rellies89

    That does sound very odd I have to say! I often have to tweak my Sleepio info having downloading the data from my Charge 2, but it's never been that different. Does this always happen, or just occasionally? Did you edit the diary so that it was more accurate? This is quite easy to do if you need to.

    Hopefully, it's just been a glictch and things will be OK from now on. Rosie x

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    Hi Rosie,

    So this is the first time I have tried connecting the Fitbit. Hopefully it is just a fluke- I will try for a few more days and see if it improves. I did end up adjusting the times to match up closer to my experience of the night.

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    Have you synced Fitbit to upload your data to Sleepio automatically? I am wondering whether somewhere along the line it is splitting your Sleep into before and after midnight readings. It does sometimes get very confused if you go to bed before midnight but get up at, say, 12.30 a .m if you cannot sleep
    I adjust the FItbit findings to my own perceptions and always fill in my sleep diary manually. FItbit gives good insight into how much deep sleep or REM we get but most of us have found that its assessment of Awake v. Light sleep is often inaccurate.
    Technology will not be taking over from the human brain just yet!

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    So it has been 4 nights now and every time what is reported to Sleepio is 1-2 hours less than what my Fitbit tells me. I will just keep adjusting manually to match my own experience, which is usually somewhere in between the two reports.

    The splitting sleep thing is an interesting thought, but I don't get into bed until 1AM right now with my window.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello,

    Apologies if this information is available elsewhere, but I haven't been able to find it. What tracker devices work with Sleepio? There are a few apps available for Android that say they track your sleep, but not sure if these are reliable or work with Sleepio.

    Thanks,
    Effin

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have a Withings/Nokia Steel HR which also tracks sleep. However I've discovered that often it thinks I'm asleep when I'm not, e.g. when watching TV at nighttime. It makes me question the other data points too. What are others' experiences with this issue?

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have my Alta synced with Sleepio and have noticed slight discrepancies, but nothing that requires me to alter my Sleepio profile. However, I have gotten in the habit of syncing my fitbit on my phone while brushing my teeth to delete the “sleep” I had while watching TV. You can also go into your fitbit and change the time you went to bed and it will fill in from its memory what your sleep/awake/restless information was (usually). For example, I got up at 2:30AM a few nights ago to help my daughter when she had a nightmare and didn't get back to sleep until 3:40ish. The fitbit said I got up at 2:30 for the day, I just edited the times to say my normal 6:30 wakeup and it filled in the rest with a lovely hour of being awake and restless between 2:30 and 3:40.

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    I have a fit bit tracking device that I want to connect to sleepio. Can someone provide some guidance regarding how to connect fit bit to sleepio?

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    I have a fit bit tracking device that I want to connect to sleepio. Can someone provide some guidance regarding how to connect fit bit to sleepio?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello Sleeptool and welcome to the Sleepio community.

    Although I do have a fitbit I have never connected this to my sleep diary, mainly because I only bought it once I'd started the course. So, I don't know how you connect it directly but I know there are one or two members who do this so hopefully they will respond soon. I would suggest you don't totally rely on what the tracker says though as mine often tells me I'm in light sleep when I'm definitely awake, especially whilst doing some relaxation or meditation.

    If you put tracking devices into the search bar on the library, this is what Sleepio say:_

    “Using a self-tracking device to fill in your diary

    To see which tracking devices you can currently integrate with your Sleepio account, go to your Case file and choose ‘Tracking devices’ from the menu on the left.

    Once you have connected your device, your nightly sleep data will by default be automatically imported each day to update your sleep diary. Alternatively you can choose to import individual days of sleep data by clicking the ‘Import sleep data’ link on each day’s sleep diary.

    It’s important however that you still check that the device data reflects your experience – and correct any errors in the recorded data.

    Your Sleep Quality rating isn't gathered from your device but can be entered manually by opening up a diary day, selecting a rating and clicking the blue 'Save' button once you're done”.

    Hope this helps a bit. Lindsay

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