What Do These Fitbit Devices Do?
By now, I’m sure a lot of you have heard of the series of Fitbit devices. The specific one I have is called the Fitbit Charge HR. It is the first Fitbit with continuous heart rate monitoring (hence the HR in the name). It also does what other Fitbit devices do, which is count the number of steps taken, measures distance travelled , the number of calories burned, and the number of floors climbed. But the one feature I find really interesting is the device’s ability to automatically detect your sleeping patterns. I should point out that this blog only pertains to this specific functionality. This functionality includes a number of different statistics, as can be seen in my sleep graph from March 11, 2016 below.
As you can see from the sleep graph above, my Fitbit Charge HR device accurately records when I went to bed. It indicated that I fell asleep very quickly and how often I was awake or restless. The device knows when I got up in the morning so it calculated how long I was in bed and how long I was actually asleep. You can share these results in your sleep diary and then give them to your doctor. However, it does not track your breathing patterns. This can only be done by going for a sleep study.
So while the Fitbit Charge HR is great for keeping track of your steps, calories burned, challenging your friends to friendly competitions, the main reason I purchased the Fitbit Charge HR was to track my sleeping patterns. If that is of interest to you then I would recommend purchasing your own Fitbit Charge HR. I’m including a number of links below to various Fitbit devices. Selecting a link will open a new page and allow you to see the device and get more information about them and prices. It will also have a list of reviews for the product.