Analysing your sleeping habits as become one of the main focal points for many people who are into the smart tech industry. Adults between the ages of 18 and 64 need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Adults over 65 need 7-8 hours. However, it has been reported by The Sleep Foundation that 35.2% of all adults sleep on average for less than 7 hours per night.
With the latest iOS14 release there is also a new Sleep Tracking Feature which will prick up the ears of many iPhone owners out there. I take a look at the new iOS14 Sleep Schedule feature.
What Is The New iOS14 Sleep Schedule?
Over the years Apple have introduced many health-related apps and features for their devices, whether it’s the iPhone or the Apple Watch. Under the latest Operating System release, they have now introduced a Sleep Schedule feature will help you track you wind down and track your sleep in a bid to help you understand and improve certain aspects of your sleeping pattern.
For instance, it will tell you how long you have slept for and allow you to set up goals.
One of the very first things you will do under this feature is to set up a sleep goal. For example, you might want to achieve 8 hours of sleep per night so this would be your goal. The app will then recommend to you a bedtime and wake-up alarm to meet your desired 8-hour goal.
What Is Wind Down Mode?
Under Health you will also notice a wind down option, this will help you reduce screen time right before bed and avoid distractions. It will first activate ‘Do Not Disturb’ and then it will allow you to add certain apps to the lock screen in order to control your night time routine. Usually, the app will offer such things as a reading app, a calm app or a meditation app.
What Does Sleep Schedule Collect?
The analysis part is probably the best part as this will allow you to se data on a weekly or monthly basis, showing you the time that you are in bed and the time you are asleep. It will also suggest good habits to adopt during the day that can help provide a better night’s sleep, such as:
- 30 minutes of exercise
- Exposure to sunlight
- Avoiding too much caffeine or nicotine
- Avoiding too much blue light right before bed
- Keeping workouts to a t least two hours before bed
How Do I Set It Up?
This section varies dependent upon the type of device you want to use it on. For the iPhone you will find the feature under the ‘Health’ app. Under the bottom right-hand icon labelled ‘Browse’ you should be able to find ‘Sleep’ as an option, tap this and then finally tap ‘Sleep Schedule’.
You can now set your first sleep schedule and play around with some of the other settings such as setting different patterns for different days, or add in the alarms you would like to hear.
If you are using an Apple Watch, then you will need to firstly open the ‘App View’ and then hit ‘Sleep’. You will then need to launch the ‘Full Schedule’ and then you can pretty much navigate through this setup in the same way you would on an iPhone device.
>> See more details on how to setup Sleep Schedules via Apple Support
Craig Timmins is a blogger who enjoys to cover topics that encompass all things that are iOS and Android related. He can be found on Twitter most days, so if you have any questions – ask away!