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Apple Watch sleep tracking was planned for over five years

Added 06-29-20 02:11:02pm EST - “Sleep tracking has been an intended feature for the Apple Watch for the last five years, Apple VP of technology Kevin Lynch has revealed in an interview, with its inclusion in watchOS 7 and iOS 14 being a sign Apple is keen to do…” - Appleinsider.com

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Sleep tracking has been an intended feature for the Apple Watch for the last five years, Apple VP of technology Kevin Lynch has revealed in an interview, with its inclusion in watchOS 7 and iOS 14 being a sign Apple is keen to do more with its years of research on the subject.

A long-rumored feature of the Apple Watch, the added sleep-related functionality intends to make a night's rest better for its users, including encouraging users to set a daily routine before they go to bed. While it is an expansion of Apple's existing Bedtime feature in iOS, the move from a simple sleep-time metric to something more advanced has been on the cards for quite some time.

In an interview with CNET, Lynch confirmed sleep tracking has been on the product roadmap of the Apple Watch since its original debut. Apple has been conducting sleep research for many years, including using EEGs for measuring sleep compared to an Apple Watch, but only now is it becoming a bigger thing for Apple to present to users.

On the subject of the Wind Down feature, which helps set the bedtime routine, Lynch explains the establishing of a routine is important to sleep quality. "Many sleep apps show information about REM cycles and other data like that, and we've looked a lot into that," said the VP.

While studies using EEGs allowed for the monitoring of electrical activity in the brain during sleep, Lynch admits "we've learned a lot about how the main thing here is really about duration," rather than actions. While movement of limbs may be treated as an input for monitoring via an Apple Watch, Lynch suggests "it's not an complete picture of what's going on inside your brain."

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