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Limitations of sleep tracking using Fitbit

Comparison with a chest strap HR-monitor

July 16, 2019 -

Sleep monitoring is a popular feature of many smartwatches and wearables. Devices like Fitbit, Withings, Apple Watch and Biostrap analyse biometrics during your sleep. These wearables are worn on the wrist and use optical sensors to capture your heart rate. I wondered how the optical sensors would compare to a high resolution chest strap HR-monitor.

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Heart rates measured by Apple Watch reveal that measurement is only done once every 5 minutes
Heart rates measured by Apple Watch reveal that measurement is only done once every 5 minutes
Apple Watch uses an optical sensor to perform its automated heart rate monitoring
Apple Watch uses an optical sensor to perform its automated heart rate monitoring
Wahoo TIKR (left) captures more data per minute than Apple Watch (right) per hour!
Wahoo TIKR (left) captures more data per minute than Apple Watch (right) per hour!
Heart rate during my experiment night as captured with the optical HR sensor (top) and chest strap (bottom)
Heart rate during my experiment night as captured with the optical HR sensor (top) and chest strap (bottom)
Wahoo TICKR uses conductive pads in its strap to capture your heart's electric activity directly
Wahoo TICKR uses conductive pads in its strap to capture your heart's electric activity directly
Combining heart rate measurements with movement data from a gyroscope sensor
Combining heart rate measurements with movement data from a gyroscope sensor

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