Fitbit today announced a bunch of new sleep assessment features for premium users. The sleep profile, launched Wednesday through the Fitbit app, is the latest subscription-only data that Fitbit Premium members can use to understand their unique sleep type and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Using the monthly sleep data of nearly 60,000 Fitbit users, the company studied 1,000 individual sleep characteristics, eventually breaking them down and summarizing them into 10 metrics. Five of them are already in the Fitbit app, including sleep stages and duration. However, the five new categories rate the consistency of bedtime, number of days, time before restful sleep, interrupted sleep, and “calm down,” showing the average number of short, unnoticed awakenings in the night. With these ratings, users can see daily, weekly, and monthly trends in each category and see where they are (and should be) within the data range of users of the same age and gender.
Each month, users also set sleep time patterns based on their data. Each of the six species is named after an animal with a similar sleep pattern: a giraffe, a bear, a dolphin, a hedgehog, a parrot, and a turtle. In addition to having fun, Fitbit said these sleep pattern identifiers help people stay informed and reflect how their sleep habits change over time. Animal sleep types are nothing new sleep science or even wearable devices; Samsung introduced a similar feature in the Galaxy Watch 4 this year.
The sleep profile requires users to wear a compatible Fitbit device (Sense, Versa 2 or 3, Charge 5, Luxe, Inspire 2) for at least 14 days per month to receive ratings. As mentioned, the feature is only available to Fitbit Premium subscribers, who pay $10 per month to access the mid-size stats and fitness and mindfulness library, including wall-protected benefits.
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