Apple is working on new sleep tracking features for the Apple Watch that do not require additional hardware, sources tell 9to5Mac. The company has not yet provided a first-party way for Apple Watch owners to track their sleep, but may finally be ready to after acquiring a sleep tracking company named Beddit in 2017. The features could be announced as early as next week at Apple’s big press event Sept. 10.
The report said it’s unclear if users will need to buy a new Apple Watch to use the feature, the sleep tracking feature is codenamed ‘Burrito’ and called ‘Time in Bed tracking’. It will require you to wear your smartwatch to bed or if you have more than one watch, you can designate one as your bedtime Watch.
The Apple Watch will track your quality of sleep using its various sensors and inputs. This includes movement, heart rate, and noises. You’ll find your sleep data in the Health app and a new Sleep app for Apple Watch. You wouldn’t need a Beddit sensor to fill in the gaps.
One of the issues with wearing an Apple Watch during sleep is that many users choose to charge their Apple Watch at night. Apple thought about this and developed a feature that will remind users to charge their Watch beforehand so they can get through the night.
When wearing the Watch during bedtime, if the user wakes up and starts their day before their alarm goes off, it will automatically turn off the alarm. The alarm will also play only on Apple Watch, using the iPhone as a backup. There will also be an option to use a silent alarm that only vibrates the Apple Watch. The new bedtime system will enable Do Not Disturb automatically when the user goes to bed. There will also be a new complication available for sleep tracking.