My Fitbit Charge HR

By | March 13, 2016

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.

Example of Fitbit Charge HR Sleep Statistics

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.

Fitbit Charge HR Wireless
Fitbit Charge HR Wireless Activity Wristband, Black, Large

 

 


Fitbit One Wireless
Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker, Black

 

 


Fitbit Flex Wireless
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black

 

 


Fitbit Charge HR
Fitbit Charge HR, Blue, Small

 

 


Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch
Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch, Black, Large

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8 thoughts on “My Fitbit Charge HR

  1. David Snodgrass

    Yes I have heard about the fitbit before and have considered purchasing it but I wanted more information about it such as price and availability and also what other fitbits are out in the market that compare to this one all the best David

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    1. Shawn

      Hi David!
      Thank you for your comment. There are a variety of models and makes of fitbits nowadays. The link(s) on my site take you to a page that has quite a few different models and colors. I believe you can also read reviews about them and get pricing information.
      Best regards,
      Shawn

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  2. Yuko

    Hi Shawn,

    I used to own one of the very first versions of Fitbit which tracked the number of steps for the day and calories burned. I never knew that the newest version now also detects your sleeping patterns. That is so interesting!

    So, I assume this is something you have to wear while sleeping? Like a watch? The one I used to own was a clip style and I would put it on my bra when I was getting dressed for the day. Do you not find it somewhat uncomfortable to wear something on your wrist as you go to sleep?

    Nonetheless, the data this device gives you is quite informative. I am a strong believer a good night sleep is fundamental to your well-being, for both physically and mentally. You seem to have a very healthy sleep. (and you go to sleep so early, good for you!) I thought I was very quick to fall asleep but can never beat you, 0 min to fall asleep? Wow!

    It’s too soon to think about the next Christmas but I would keep this Fitbit on my wish list to send out to Sant Clause. 🙂 Thanks for the informative blog. I’ll come back again!

    Yuko

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    1. Shawn

      Thank you for your comments Yuko! I love my Fitbit. Yes I wear it 24/7, unless I’m in the shower or hot tub as they are not waterproof. My fitbit is lightweight so I hardly know I’m wearing it. It’s never to soon to be thinking about Christmas, is it? LOL
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  3. Rule Glave

    Hi Shawn,

    Very interesting gadget! Is it available here in Jakarta? I love to have one for myself as birthday gift.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Shawn

      Thank you for the comments Rule!
      It is a pretty neat little gadget. I’m afraid I don’t know if it would be shipped to Jakarta. Amazon ships pretty well anywhere, but you may want to check it out.
      Good luck!
      Shawn

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  4. alena

    Really great site! Everyone I know uses and loves their FitBit. Do you think they can help detect sleep apnea or no?

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Thanks very much Alena! Same here, everyone I know here loves theirs as well. Some of us even get into friendly competitions for bragging rights! I don’t know if it can detect sleep apnea per se, but if you keep track of the sleeping patterns that it records for a period of time and then show them to your doctor, they may recommend you go for a sleep study based on those results.
      Best regards,
      Shawn

      Reply

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