Best Sleep Trackers Review 2017

You already know that sleep is an important part of your overall health and wellness. In fact, we’d argue that getting enough quality sleep is the most important thing you can do for your health. Think about it. If you’re staying up all night, you’re more likely to snack on junk foods to try to keep yourself awake. And you certainly won’t have the energy to exercise in the morning if you haven’t gotten enough sleep. Sleep quality even affects your posture throughout the day and can be the difference in whether you experience chronic pain from slumping over your work station.

The truth is that it’s awfully hard to meet your other diet, fitness, and life goals if you’re not getting enough sleep or if the sleep you get is poor quality. That’s why we’ve brought you the 10 best sleep trackers of 2017, so the amount of sleep you’re getting is logged automatically. The trackers listed here also evaluate the quality of your sleep and offer other features. In fact, many of them also provide fitness tracking, which means that once you’ve gotten your sleep patterns on track, you can concentrate on other wellness goals too. Read on to find out which sleep tracker is best for you.

Benefits of using a sleep tracker

You could try to log your sleep patterns manually, but digital sleep trackers have a few advantages that you just can’t get without them.

  • Automatic tracking means you get data without having to think about it; it’s effortless.

  • You get sleep quality info that you otherwise may not have access to, such as whether you are tossing and turning in your sleep.

  • Find out whether you’re waking up a lot during the night.

  • Easily track sleep and wake patterns so you can make a plan to alter your habits for better sleep.

  • Enjoy peace of mind because you’re not worrying about tracking your sleep manually and calculating how much sleep you’re getting, which can actually prevent you from falling asleep

  • For those who are just beginning to suspect sleep issues and don’t have major health problems, sleep trackers are beneficial and less expensive than getting polysomnography studies performed at a sleep clinic.

  • Ease of tracking makes it more likely that you will stick with your sleep and health goals.

Functionality vs. style

The two major factors that wage war against each other when you are selecting a sleep tracker is functionality versus style. You want something that performs all the needed functions, but you may also be concerned that the device looks good. After all, you may be wearing it often, depending upon how you use your device. That being said, if you intend to only track sleep, then aesthetics may not be as important to you than someone who will be wearing their sleep and fitness tracker all day. Here are some features to keep in mind when weighing functionality and style.

Display screen

One of the most noticeable differences between the various types of sleep trackers is that some offer a display screen right on the device, while others have no display. With either variety, you can view all of your progress and data within an app on your compatible device, such as a smartphone or tablet. The benefit of sleep trackers with a display is that they offer some data immediately to you and can also be used as a watch. But minimalist styles track data just as well if you don’t need a timepiece or prefer not to have the distraction of constantly available data.

Durability

In general, sleep trackers are durable tools. And they have to be if you are going to be rolling around wearing one at night. Because many of them are also made to track other health and fitness markers, they are typically designed to be tough. However, you will occasionally find poor designs with pieces that pop off and get lost--not something you want to happen when you’ve spent money for reliability and a lasting product.

Wrist band

Almost all sleep trackers are worn on the wrist, like a watch. You’ll find several different types of wristbands. And that means you can get a color and style that suits your preferences. But you also want to look at how the wristband fits. Most sleep trackers are sizable and fit most typical wrist sizes. If you have larger or smaller than average wrists, though, size and fit are important features to pay attention to.

Alarm functions

An important factor to consider when looking at a tool to help with sleep, alarm functions are available on many sleep trackers. Some work better than others, and this may not be something you care about if you already use a different alarm. However, if you share a bedroom with someone who wakes up later than you, an alarm on your wrist could be quite welcome to your sleep partner. These alarms usually wake you up by vibrating rather than making a loud noise. That being said, you may want to look at how long the vibrations last or if other alarm options are available if you are a heavy sleeper and have difficulty waking.

Ultimately, choosing the right sleep tracker can help you to get a more restful night’s sleep and pinpoint potential sleep problems you are having. They do this fairly accurately by tracking your nighttime movements, and buying your own is less expensive than the wrist devices you can get from a sleep specialist at a clinic. Additionally, if your sleep problems are not related to a major health concern, like sleep apnea, then you’ll get a better reading from using a personal sleep tracker in your own bed than you would hooked up to a polysomnography machine in a strange clinic bed.

Here are some additional questions to consider when making your choice:

  • Are you physically active? You may want to look at sleep trackers that also offer quality fitness readings and data analysis.

  • Do you swim? Many, but not all, sleep trackers feature water resistance.

  • Does it have to be charged? The best sleep trackers use batteries rather than needing to be charged, so that you can wear them all night while you sleep. This may not be an issue if you are not using the daytime fitness features and can charge the device when you are awake.

Quick favorites

Misfit Ray - Fitness + Sleep Tracker with White Leather Band

Mistfit Ray Stainless Steel Gold and White Leather Sport Band

The majority of sleep trackers on the market are black, so the Misfit Ray Fitness + Sleep Tracker with a white leather band is a nice change of style if you want to stand out. The gold-colored stainless steel display also makes this one a classy piece for wearing as jewelry or layered with other jewelry. No one will know it’s a sleep tracker at first glance.

Misfit makes trackers that come in at fairly moderate prices. They’re not the most affordable, but they’re also not outside most people’s budget for a reliable device they plan to use regularly. The Misfit Ray features a minimalist display with a subtle LED progress bar, and it’s compatible with most iPhones, iPods, iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note, and Google Nexus, as well as other devices running Android software 4.3 and above.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Waterproof up to 50 meters

  • Display can be removed and used on other bracelets or necklaces

  • Set sleep goals

  • Vibrating alarm set to the time you select

  • No charging required

Pros

  • Stylish, simple design

  • Reasonable price for features

  • Accurate sleep tracking

Cons

  • Can’t track heart rate

  • Vibrating alarm may not wake deep sleepers

Misfit Ray - Fitness + Sleep Tracker with Black Sport Band

 Misfit Ray - Fitness + Sleep Tracker with Black Sport Band

Similar to the Misfit Ray listed above, this is the same device with a different wrist band style. The black sport band looks more appropriate for fitness activities or more casual styles. The simple design looks like a minimalist piece of jewelry rather than an obvious fitness and sleep tracker. The display piece comes in either carbon black or rose gold, both with a black band. Its price also comes in at a reasonable amount for the features and quality provided.

The Misfit Ray features a minimalist display with a subtle LED progress bar, and it’s compatible with most iPhones, iPods, iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note, and Google Nexus, as well as other devices running Android software 4.3 and above. The Ray also allows you to sync the device with other health and fitness apps that you already use.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Waterproof up to 50 meters

  • Display can be removed and used on other bracelets or necklaces

  • Set sleep goals

  • Vibrating alarm set to the time you select

  • No charging required

Pros

  • Reasonable price for features

  • Accurate sleep tracking

  • Simple, inconspicuous design

  • Compatible with a range of devices

Cons

  • Can’t track heart rate

  • Vibrating alarm may not wake deep sleepers

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker Bluetooth Smart Bracelet

Letscom Fitness Tracker Wristbands

The Letscom sleep tracker has an OLED display screen that allows you to keep an eye on the time so you can start winding down for your sleep routine. It also has multiple modes for particular sports, making it a great tracker for someone who also wants to monitor their fitness activities. The display offers real time stats.

The automatic heart monitor is a great way to keep track of your heart rate during sleep. Resting heart rate is a good indicator of overall health, and overnight changes could give you a heads up about potential sleep problems like snoring or sleep apnea. This tracker also offers guided breathing meditations, which are a great way to help you fall asleep at night.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Continuous heart rate monitoring

  • Smart display lights up when you turn wrist

  • Waterproof to rain or sweat

  • USB charging, takes about 1 to 2 hours

Pros

  • Affordable price

  • Tracks heart rate

  • Long-lasting charge, up to a week

  • Fits larger wrists

Cons

  • Not waterproof for water sports

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

  • Heart rate monitoring and step tracking are inaccurate for some users

Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition - Swim Fitness & Sleep Tracker (Silver)

Misfit Shine 2 Swimmer's Edition

The Misfit Shine 2 is one of the more expensive sleep trackers on this list, but for good reason. This is one of the few trackers that not only logs sleep quality and fitness activities, it can actually track swimming laps and distance as well. While other sleep and fitness trackers, notably from Misfit and Withings, are waterproof for submersion in water, they do not accurately record swimming data.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Waterproof

  • Display made of aircraft-grade aluminum for durability

  • Multicolor LED display

  • Vibrating alarm set to the time you select

  • No charging required

Pros

  • Industry-leading swim tracking

  • Accurate sleep tracking

  • Stylish appearance

  • Compatible with a range of devices

Cons

  • Can’t track heart rate

  • Display is removable and may occasionally pop out of band, but this issue is improved with the newest version

Withings Activité Steel - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch

Withings Activité Steel - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch

Withings Activité sleep tracker watch looks just like a regular wristwatch with a comfortable silicone sport band and stylish watch face. It’s appropriate to wear all day, whether you are at work or at the pool. And yes, it is waterproof up to 50 meters, meaning you can use it in the shower and while swimming.

This tracker is made of quality materials, including a steel watch face and chrome hands. Despite looking low-tech, this sleep tracking watch is actually compatible with iOS and Android smartphones. The long long battery life of up to 8 months means no worries about charging.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Waterproof up to 50 meters

  • Steel watch face and silicone wrist band

  • Vibrating alarm set to the time you select

  • No charging required

Pros

  • No notifications; good for those who need to avoid distractions

  • Stylish design that does not look like a health tracker

  • Long battery life

  • Analog watch syncs with smartphone time

Cons

  • Can’t track heart rate

  • Can only set one alarm time

  • Inconsistent customer service

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

Withings Activité Pop - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch

Withings Activité Pop - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch

The Withings Activité Pop provides the same functionality as the Steel version of this sleep tracking watch, except at a slightly more affordable price. The primary difference is that the analog watch face is made of PVD coating instead of steel. The PVD, however, provides an excellent protective cover for the display. Like the steel sleep tracking watch from Withings, the Activité Pop sleep tracker is waterproof for swimming and showering and has a long-lasting battery (up to 8 months), so it does not require charging.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Waterproof up to 50 meters

  • Silicone wristband

  • Vibrating alarm set to the time you select

  • No charging required

Pros

  • No notifications; good for those who need to avoid distractions

  • Stylish design that does not look like a health tracker

  • Long battery life

  • Analog watch syncs with smartphone time

Cons

  • Can’t track heart rate

  • Can only set one alarm time

  • Inconsistent customer service

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

Homogo Smart Band Activity Health Tracker with Slim Touch Screen

Homogo Smart Band Activity Health Tracker

At first glance this sleep tracker looks like it’s not high quality. It’s inexpensive and comes from a lesser known brand. But it comes equipped with many of the features of more expensive sleep trackers, making it perfect for those who are new to these devices and want to try one out before spending a lot of money.

It has a touch screen OLED display to show the time and activity progress with a simple swipe. The slim, lightweight design is discrete, and the tracker logs sleep time automatically.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Smart display lights up with a swipe

  • Waterproof to rain or sweat

  • Vibrating alarm

  • USB charging, takes about 1 to 2 hours

Pros

  • Affordable price

  • Accurate tracking

  • Long-lasting charge, up to a week

Cons

  • Not waterproof for water sports

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

  • Does not track heart rate

Ronten R2 Smart Bluetooth Wristband Pedometer Smart Bracelet Sleep Monitor

Fitness Tracker, Ronten R2 Smart Bluetooth Wristband

The Ronten R2 sleep tracker is a good low-priced sleep monitoring option. Like the other trackers on this list, it is able to track both how long you sleep and whether you are in deep or light sleep. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, this device has an interesting slim OLED display that nicely fits relevant information without taking up a lot of space on your wrist. Another nice feature is that it comes with exchangeable wrist bands in various colors. Get it with one each of black and blue bands or black and purple bands.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Smart display lights up with a swipe

  • Waterproof to rain or sweat

  • Vibrating alarm

  • USB charging, takes about 1 to 2 hours

Pros

  • Affordable price

  • Accurate sleep monitoring

  • Long-lasting charge, up to a week

  • Multiple bands to change the appearance

Cons

  • Not waterproof for water sports

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

  • Does not track heart rate

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker Watch with Slim Touch Screen (Blue)

Letscom Fitness Tracker Watch

The slim version of the LETSCOM sleep tracker is similar to their other model, the LETSCOM Fitness Tracker Bluetooth Smart Bracelet. But this one incorporates a pared down design that takes up less space on your wrist with a streamlined OLED display. You still get all the data you want right at your wrist, just with less bulk. This tracker also comes with a beautiful blue wrist band, in case you don’t want the usual black of most sleep trackers. Other colors are also available, and it is compatible with iOS and Android smartphones.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Smart display lights up easily

  • Waterproof to rain or sweat

  • Vibrating alarm

  • USB charging, takes about 1 to 2 hours

Pros

  • Affordable price

  • Compatible with other health apps

  • Long-lasting charge, up to a week

  • Easy to use, simple tracking

  • Nice color

Cons

  • Not waterproof for water sports

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

  • Does not track heart rate

Teslasz Bluetooth 4.0 Sleep Monitor Calorie Counter Pedometer Sport Activity Tracker (Purple, other colors available)

Teslasz Bluetooth 4.0 Sleep Monitor

The sleep monitor from Teslasz has a bit different type of display from most of the other wristband sleep trackers listed in this review. Rather than taking up a wide portion of the wristband, the display is quite small and minimalist. The small display, however, does not stop it from providing you with plenty of data right on your tracker. Switch between modes to show: time, pedometer (steps counted), calories burned, distance walked, and sleep timer.

The sleep tracking mode works automatically, just like more expensive wrist monitors. Just hold the button down to see sleep data. The display is not a touch screen, but for the price, this is a decent tracker for a casual user who wants idea of sleep and health patterns. And it comes in many colors to personalize the look, including purple, dark blue, light blue, teal, mint green, green, pink, and black.

Features

  • Tracks sleep duration and quality

  • Waterproof to rain or sweat

  • Vibrating alarm

  • USB charging

Pros

  • Very affordable price

  • Nice color options

Cons

  • Not waterproof for water sports

  • Compatible with smart phones (iOS and Android) only, not with tablets or other devices

  • Does not track heart rate

  • No touch screen

  • May not last as long as a more expensive sleep tracker