Google announced today that Fitbit is introducing a new premium feature called “Sleep Profiles,” which will provide users with a new longitudinal analysis of sleep patterns, while making sleep data easier to interpret.
The new Sleep Profile feature will analyze sleep across 10 key metrics, including new data points such as consistency of bedtime, time before sound sleep and disrupted sleep. These new data points, along with previously tracked indicators such as sleep duration and rest, will provide users with a one-month view of their sleep patterns and quality. You will be provided with the ideal range for each category to see where your results fall and to determine where you can improve.
To receive the evaluation, you must wear your Fitbit device to sleep for the last 14 nights per calendar month. The company notes that the longer you wear the device to sleep, the more accurate the assessment will be, as sleep can vary from night to night.
Google notes that Sleep Profiles makes it easier to interpret your sleep data with animal characters. Premium members will see their Sleep Animals and monthly sleep analysis on the first day of every month. The animals you receive may change from month to month, and data collected throughout the month will inform the next animal you receive in the following 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.
“Depending on the behavior of your sleeper type, you’ll notice where your sleep patterns are compared to other people like you — whether it’s setting a more consistent sleep schedule or creating a bedtime routine such as: Trying the mindfulness content found within the Fitbit app helps you fall asleep faster, Google said in a statement. “Getting good sleep can play an important role in your overall health and well-being, along with poor sleep.” correlated to increased potential health risks, including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, obesity, poor cognitive functioning and more.”
Sleep Profile is rolling out to premium users in the Fitbit app when Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Charge 5, Lux or Inspire 2 devices launch. Users will receive their first profile during the week of July 4th, followed by monthly profiles delivered to the Fitbit app on the first of each month.
Fitbit says that since introducing the Sleep feature in 2009, the company has analyzed more than 22 billion hours of sleep data, and the feature is one of its most popular.
It’s worth noting that Google’s new Pixel Watch will offer Fitbit’s health-tracking features, which means the new Sleep Profile feature could be making its way to smartwatches.
Google isn’t the only company focused on sleep features, as Apple recently improved sleep tracking in the next version of watchOS, as of today’s announcement. Sleep tracking now includes sleep-stage tracking, which will tell you how much time you spend in each stage, including REM, core and deep sleep stages, and when you wake up. Apple is using machine learning models that take cues from heart rate tracking as well as blood oxygen readings and respiration rate to see what stage you are in.