Google announced today that Fitbit is introducing a new premium feature called Sleep Profile, which will offer users a new longitudinal analysis of sleep patterns, making it easier to interpret sleep data.
The new Sleep Profile feature will analyze sleep across 10 key metrics, including new data points such as sleep time consistency, time to sound sleep, and disturbed sleep. These new data points, along with previously tracked metrics such as sleep duration and rest, will give users insight into the nature and quality of their sleep throughout the month. You will be given the ideal ranges for each range to see where your results fall and identify where you can improve.
To qualify, you must wear a Fitbit sleep device for at least 14 nights per calendar month. The company notes that the more you wear the device while you sleep, the more accurate the estimate will be, as sleep can change from night to night.
Google notes that Sleep Profile makes it easy to interpret your sleep data with animal symbols. Premium members will see their sleeping pet and monthly sleep analysis on the first day of each month. The animals you receive may change from month to month and the data collected during the month will inform the next animal you receive next month. Google says there is no perfect animal, and each one can be used to better understand your sleep patterns and how you can improve your sleep quality.
“Based on the behavior of your sleep type, you’ll see where your sleep pattern compares to others like you—whether it’s setting a more consistent sleep schedule or creating a pre-sleep routine, like using mindfulness content found on the Fitbit app to help you fall asleep faster. “, Google said in a post. “Quality sleep can play a crucial role in overall health and well-being, and poor sleep correlated to increased potential health risks, including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, poor cognitive functioning, and more.”
The sleep profile is distributed in the Fitbit app to Premium users with Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Luxe, or Inspire 2 devices after launch. Users will receive their first profile during the week of July 4th, followed by monthly profiles delivered to the Fitbit app on the 1st of each month.
Fitbit reports that since the company introduced sleep features in 2009, the company has analyzed more than 22 billion hours of sleep data, and these features continue to be among the most popular.
It is worth noting that Google’s new Pixel Watch. will offer Fitbit’s health tracking features, meaning a new sleep profile feature could be coming to smartwatches.
Google isn’t the only company looking into sleep features, as today’s announcement comes from Apple. newly improved sleep tracking in the next version of watchOS. Sleep tracking now includes sleep stage tracking, which will tell you how much time you spend in each stage, including REM sleep, core sleep, deep sleep, and when you woke up. Apple uses machine learning models that take into account your heart rate, as well as your blood oxygen readings and breathing rate, to determine what stage you’re in.
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