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How to read and view Apple Watch sleep data on your iPhone

How to read and view Apple Watch sleep data on your iPhone


(Pocket-lint) When Apple first released the Apple Watch in 2015, sleep tracking was not offered. The functionality didn’t appear until 2020 with the arrival of watchOS 7, although it was in more basic form than competitors like Fitbit and Garmin.

With the arrival of watchOS 9, the Apple Watch is finally introducing more substantial sleep tracking. There are sleep stages now, with the breakdown of time awake, time in rapid eye movement, time in basic sleep and time in deep sleep.

To track your sleep with your Apple Watch, you need to put your device into Sleep Focus mode. It gets a little tricky to find the data once it’s collected, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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Here’s how to read and find your Apple Watch’s sleep data.

How to view Apple Watch sleep data on iPhone

You can read and view sleep data from your Apple Watch either on the watch itself or on your iPhone. For the latter, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Health app on your iPhone
  2. Click on the Browse tab at the bottom right
  3. Scroll down to Sleep
  4. Press D, W, M or 6M to show your sleep data for the day, week, month or 6 months
  5. Click “Show more sleep data” under the sleep graph to show the time at each stage

How to check sleep data on Apple Watch

It is possible to view your sleep data on your Apple Watch but you won’t be able to see as much detail as possible with your iPhone. You will only be able to view the data for the previous night instead of, for example, an entire week or month.

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To read your sleep data on Apple Watch, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Sleep app on Apple Watch
  2. Scroll down to Analysis
  3. You will see a graph, along with the time you sleep and the time in stages of sleep
  4. Scroll down to see a bar chart of the last 14 days with a line showing the average sleep time

How accurate is the Apple Watch’s sleep data?

In our testing, we found the Apple Watch Series 8’s sleep data to be pretty much what we’d expect in terms of when we went to bed and when we woke up.

Of course, it is difficult to determine the accuracy of the phases, although it is known that REM sleep occurs when you dream and we have found that the data presented appears to be related to what we experienced if we had awakened after the dream.

We have a complete feature to track sleep and what the data means. In short, your body dips in and out of four phases throughout the night: awake, light, deep, and rapid eye movement.

Your body needs a combination of all of these stages to recover, rebuild, and feel good when you wake up. Light is said to strengthen memory and learning, while deep aids in physical recovery and rapid eye movement is said to aid strategic thinking and creativity.

If you want to read more about sleep tracking and what that means, you can head over to our separate feature.

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What Apple Watch models offer sleep tracking?

All Apple Watch Series 3 models and later offer basic sleep tracking, but you’ll need an Apple Watch Series 4 or later to take advantage of the more advanced sleep tracking feature on your Apple Watch as you’ll need watchOS 9 and Watch Series 3 is not compatible with watchOS 9.

To track sleep by sleep stages, you will need one of these templates:

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch SE (2020)
  • Apple Watch SE (2022)
  • Apple Watch Ultra

Written by Britta O’Boyle.