Fitbit announces new Sleep Profile feature with ‘Sleep Animals’: All you need to know

Google-owned Fitbit has announced a new feature: a sleep profile. This new feature aims to make it easier to interpret your sleep data through longitudinal analysis of sleep patterns and fun animal personalities so you can take steps to improve your sleep quality and overall health.

New Sleep Profile features evaluate 10 sleep metrics including data points such as sleep time consistency, time before good sleep, and interrupted sleep. According to the company, this provides deeper insight into a user’s sleep habits and personalized guidance on how to fall within the ideal ranges according to their specific body type, which will help them improve their sleep and overall health.

According to Fitbit, its research team studied 1,000 different features of sleep during the analysis before summarizing them into key metrics that were included in the profile. These metrics range from new metrics like sleep schedule variability, time before sounds sleep, and interrupted sleep to previously tracked metrics like sleep duration, rest and REM sleep.

The team’s research found that these data points depict a comprehensive, month-long view of your sleep patterns and quality. The sleep profile will also provide optimal ranges for each scale and where you fall within that range so that you can choose where to focus your improvement efforts.

Fitbit Premium Sleeping Modes: All Sleeping Animals and Their Meanings

These data points will be collected from your sleep analysis and will be used to give you a specific sleep animal. Here’s what your sleeping animal says about your sleep pattern

1. Giraffe: This means that your sleep tends to be shorter and you are more likely to sleep late and wake up early. But you still have a good percentage of deep sleep and REM sleep despite the shorter overall duration.

2. Bearing: This means that you have a consistent sleep schedule and that you sleep regularly around the same time. You may go to bed earlier than most of the time and get into a deep sleep quickly. Your sleep is likely to be long and restful, with a good proportion of deep sleep and REM sleep.

3. Dolphin: This means that you fall asleep later than most people and also sleep for less time overall, possibly due to an irregular sleep schedule. This also means that you tend to be a light sleeper and take naps throughout the day to make up for your sleep.

4. Hedgehog: If your sleeping animal is a hedgehog, this means that you sleep later and wake up early. You are a light sleeper and it usually takes longer to reach deep sleep and become less deep, resulting in REM sleep.

5. Parrot: This means that your bedtime is usually consistent and that you don’t sleep early or late. Also, you tend to get to sound sleep quickly and usually get a good amount of sleep each night. You’ll likely sleep deeply but may get a light REM sleep due to brief awakenings throughout the night.

6. Tortoise: You usually fall asleep at different times each night but earlier than most of the time. This fact, combined with slightly later average wake times, may mean that you spend more time in bed but find it difficult to reach deep sleep, affecting your REM and deep sleep.

To receive evaluation, you must sleep with a device on for at least 14 nights in each calendar month. Fitbit Premium members will then be able to see their sleep profile, including animal sleep analysis and monthly sleep on the first day of each month. Your animal can change from month to month based on data collected during the previous month. Fitbit says there is no such thing as a perfect animal. Animals help to better understand your sleep patterns and how you can improve them.

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