Apple Watch: Discover How to Effortlessly Track Your Sleep

With the introduction of watchOS 9, Apple unveiled an enhanced sleep tracking feature, empowering Apple Watch users with comprehensive and invaluable insights. Now, you can effortlessly monitor your sleep duration and delve deeper into the stages of REM, Core, and Deep Sleep directly from your Apple Watch. What’s more, the sleep tracking functionality seamlessly integrates with your heart rate and respiratory data, enabling you to unravel profound insights about your sleep patterns. In this guide, we will walk you through the setup process for Apple sleep tracking and demonstrate how to effortlessly monitor your sleep data using both your Apple Watch and iPhone. So, let’s embark on this journey together and unlock the secrets of restful nights!

How to Enable Apple Sleep Tracking on iPhone

Before you can begin monitoring your sleep on your Apple Watch, it is essential to enable sleep tracking and establish a schedule. You have the flexibility to accomplish this task either on your Apple Watch itself or through your iPhone. Let’s explore the simple steps to activate sleep tracking and set up a personalized sleep schedule, ensuring you unlock the full potential of this remarkable feature. Get ready to optimize your sleep routine like never before!

Step 1: Enable Sleep Schedule
  • Open the Health app.
  • From the bottom right, tap Browse.
  • Scroll down a little and tap Sleep.
  • If you’re tracking sleep on Apple Watch for the first time, you will need to tap Get Started and set a sleep goal before adding a schedule.
  • Under Your Schedule, tap Sleep Schedule.
  • If the Sleep Schedule is off, turn it on.
Health app on iPhone and enable Sleep Schedule
Step 2: Add & Customize Sleep Schedule
  • Under Full Schedule, tap Set Your First Schedule. If you have already set up a schedule for Apple Watch sleep tracking, tap Add Schedule to add a new schedule or choose Edit to change the existing one.
  • By default, your sleep schedule is enabled for all days of the week. If you want to disable the Apple Watch sleep tracker for some days (like weekends), tap the blue circles under the Days Active tab.
  • Drag the end of the sleep block to set the Bedtime and Wake Up time.
  • Now, scroll down to see Alarm Options. To set an alarm, turn the slider on for the Alarm.
  • You can also choose the sound or vibration type, adjust the volume, and enable Snooze.
  • Once done, tap Add from the top-right corner.
Sleep Schedule to Track Sleep on Apple Watch 1
  • Follow the same steps to add a schedule for other days.
  • You can also set up sleep on your iPhone with additional details like adjusting the Sleep Goal (the amount of time you want to sleep) and Wind Down (when you want to enable Sleep Focus before your bedtime).
new Schedule for Apple Sleep Tracking
How to Enable Sleep Tracking on Apple Watch

You can enable sleep tracking directly from your Apple Watch itself. Here are the steps for it.

Step 1: Set a Sleep Schedule

  • Open the Sleep app on your Apple Watch. Scroll down and tap Next.
  • Tap Full Schedule and turn on Sleep Schedule.
Apple Watch Sleep App jpg
  • Now, tap Set Your First Schedule.
  • Under Active On, choose the days you want to set a schedule for tracking sleep on your Apple Watch. By default, all days are selected.
Apple Watch Sleep Tracking jpg
Step 2: Set Bedtime, Wake Up time, and Alarm
  • Now, tap Wake Up and set your preferred wake-up time. Rotate the Digital Crown to adjust the hours and minutes. Tap the checkmark to proceed.
  • The Apple Watch Sleep app will automatically choose the bedtime, according to your sleep goal. You can always scroll down and set your preferred Bedtime.
  • To use the alarm, turn the slider on for Alarm and choose sound or vibration type under Sounds & Haptics.
  • Hit the Add button.
Alarm for sleep schedule in Apple Watch jpg
  • Finally, set/ adjust the Sleep Goal and Wind Down options to suit your preferences.
  • The Apple Watch Sleep app will show you the summary of your schedule. Follow on-screen prompts and tap Done.
up Sleep Schedule in Apple Watch
How to Edit Sleep Schedule on iPhone

If your routine has changed and you want to update your bedtime or wake-up time for better Apple Watch sleep tracking, you can edit the sleep schedule. Even better, you can choose to change your sleep schedule for only the following day (Next Wake Up Only) or all days (Full Schedule). Here’s how to edit your sleep schedule on an iPhone.

  • Open the Health app.
  • Choose Browse from the bottom and tap Sleep.
  • To Edit Sleep Schedule for the Next Day, tap on Edit below the Next option in the Your Schedule tab.
Sleep Schedule for Next Day in Sleep App
  • To Edit Full Sleep Schedule, choose Full Schedule and Options and Edit option for the schedule you want to update.
Full Sleep Schedule in Sleep App on iPhone
  • You can now drag the slider to adjust your Bedtime and Wake-up time. When updating the full sleep schedule, you can also change the selected days under Days Active.
  • From Alarm Options, you can turn the alarm on/off, enable snooze, choose a sound, and adjust the volume.
  • Tap Done to finish.
changes to the full sleep schedule on iPhone

If you want to delete the sleep schedule for Apple Watch sleep tracking, hit Delete Schedule from the bottom.

How to Edit Sleep Schedule on Apple Watch

Just like your iPhone, you can edit a sleep schedule on Apple Watch Sleep app. Again, you can update your sleep schedule for the next or all future days.

  • Press the Digital Crown and open the Sleep App.
  • To Edit the Sleep Schedule for the Next Day, tap the Schedule option.
Sleep Schedule for Next Day in Apple Watch Sleep App jpg
  • To edit the full sleep schedule, tap Full Schedule and choose the schedule you want to edit.
Full Schedule in Apple Watch Sleep App jpg
  • Tap the Wake Up or Bedtime you want to change. Rotate the Digital Crown to edit hours or minutes.
  • While you’re here, you can turn the alarm ON/OFF and also adjust sounds & haptics.
  • Finally, tap Edit Schedule from the top-left corner to confirm the changes in the Apple Watch sleep app.
Edit Delete Schedule to track sleep on Apple Watch jpg


In conclusion, Apple Watch provides an intuitive and powerful sleep-tracking feature that can greatly benefit individuals striving to optimize their sleep patterns. By following the instructions outlined in this article, you can effortlessly track your sleep, gain valuable insights, and make informed adjustments to enhance your overall well-being.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Can I track sleep using Apple Watch Series 3?

A: Yes, sleep tracking is available on Apple Watch Series 3 and newer models.

Q2: Does sleep tracking on Apple Watch drain the battery quickly?

A: No, Apple Watch has optimized battery management, ensuring sleep tracking does not significantly impact battery life.

Q3: Are sleep analysis apps from third-party developers reliable?

A: Yes, many reputable sleep analysis apps are compatible with Apple Watch and provide accurate insights and recommendations.

Q4: Can I customize sleep goals on Apple Watch?

A: Yes, you can set personalized sleep goals based on your preferences and requirements.

Q5: Can I view my sleep data on my Apple Watch?

A: While you can view basic sleep data on your Apple Watch, accessing detailed metrics and trends is more convenient through the Health app on your iPhone.

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