I love my Fitbit Versa. It tracks my heart rate, calories burned, the distance I covered in my morning jog, and even my sleep!
I was able to keep a steady sleep tracker for a few months now until recently, my Fitbit Versa stopped tracking my sleep.
Annoyed at this inconvenience, I did some research online and followed a few troubleshooting procedures. That’s when I found out why my Fitbit Versa was not tracking sleep. I wore it too loose around my wrist.
This is just one of the reasons why your Fitbit Versa is not tracking sleep. Here I have documented the different reasons for this problem and how to solve them.
To fix your Fitbit Versa not tracking sleep, start by monitoring the position of your sleep or the way you have worn the watch. From rebooting the watch to unlinking the app, there are various methods that you can try to solve the issue.
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Wear Fitbit the right way
Since heartbeat is necessary for the watch to track your sleep, make sure to wear the watch on your wrist.
Some prefer to hang it on a clip or pendant. This may hinder the device’s capability to track the heart rate thereby affecting its mechanism of analyzing sleep.
Not wearing it the right way also misaligns the heart-rate sensing, causing heart rate monitoring issues leading to poor sleep analysis
Also, ensure to wear it on the inside of your wrist where the pulse can be assessed clearly.
Manually Reset the Sleep Log
To manually reset the sleep log on Fitbit Versa, tap on the sleep tile on the watch to view the sleep logs. Swipe left on the sleep log you want to delete. Manually add the details you want and set the new sleep log.
This technique will also generate more accurate results as clearing logs will erase corrupted data.
Reboot the Device
To reboot your Fitbit Versa, press the button on the side for 10 seconds and wait for the screen to go blank. Release the button when the Fitbit logo appears and wait for the screen to light up.
Uninstall the App
A technique that has proved to be useful in most cases, uninstalling the app can bring your Fitbit Versa back on track.
How to Uninstall Fitbit Versa app on your phone
- Unlink Fitbit Versa from your phone. To do this, go to account settings on the Fitbit Versa app and tap on the image of the device to be removed.
- Uninstall the Fitbit Versa app on your phone.
- Reset the watch. To do this, open settings and tap Shutdown. Press and hold the left button and right bottom button. Release when the Fitbit logo appears on the screen.
- Install the app again and link Fitbit Versa with your phone as a new device.
Factory Reset is a method that involves risk. Even though factory resetting can help the sleep tracking to function normally, you will lose all the settings and data stored in your watch, delete all the installed apps, and erase all information synced with the phone.
Here is how you can factory reset your phone.
- Go to ‘Settings’ on your Fitbit Versa watch
- Find ‘About’ and tap on it.
- Scroll down to find the ‘Factory Reset’ option and click on it. Once you give the final confirmation the process will start.
Remember to set up your watch again after factory reset.
Adjust the sensitivity mode
If you are not a deep sleep person, you should change your Fitbit Versa’s sensitivity mode to normal. This way, slight movements in your sleep will not be considered sleep disturbances.
To change the sensitivity mode of Fitbit Versa:
- Click on the profile icon on the Fitbit app on your mobile
- Tap on ‘Advanced Settings’
- Click on ‘Sleep sensitivity’
- Choose the mode you want
Note that this option is not yet open for Android users. For Android users, the settings can be changed by logging in to the Fitbit account on the computer. The option can be found under ‘Settings’.
Why is Your Fitbit Versa Not Tracking Sleep?
There are many reasons for your Fitbit Versa to not track your sleep.
Short naps would not be counted
Fitbit registers your sleep when you are an hour into your doze.
This means you have to lay still without any movements for an hour for the watch to note that you are asleep. Therefore, a quick nap that lasts for less than an hour will not be counted as ‘sleep’ by the watch.
To track short naps, I would recommend manually activating sleep tracking.
Sleeping in the wrong position
Your sleep position can make your Fitbit Versa hang loose from your wrist, thereby affecting the sleep tracking ability of your watch.
As the device is constantly trying to monitor your heart rate, the watch ought to stay close to your skin and should not come loose while you are asleep. For instance, if you’re frequently changing positions in your sleep, the watch may come off from your wrist.
Low battery life
The watch tends to shut down the tracking capability when its battery runs out of charge. Hence, if the charge is critically low, do not expect your watch to keep tabs on your sleep.
How does your Fitbit Know you’re sleeping?
Sleep tracking smartwatches do their work by keeping tabs on the heart rate of the user.
It is the variation in your heartbeat that helps the watch to analyze the amount of your sleep, the stages that you have gone through while sleeping, and the depth of your slumber at various points of time.
The beat-to-beat changes also called Heart rate variability or HRV keep changing during the different stages of sleep such as light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep stages.
In addition to heart rate, Fitbit Versa also analyses your movements during sleep. It is the combination of these two elements that help the smartwatch translate the readings into sleep patterns.
Do You Need to Tell Your Fitbit You’re Going to Sleep?
Fitbit Versa has a built-in sleep monitoring feature. You need not tell your Fitbit you’re going to bed.
Nevertheless, you can manually begin sleep tracking on your Fitbit Versa. There is an option called ‘Begin Sleep Now’ if you want to track power naps, that lasts for less than an hour.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a good sleep score on Fitbit?
For good sleep, Fitbit Versa gives a score in the range of 80–89 while a score between 90-99 stands for excellent. 100 is the perfect sleep score. However, oftentimes, a perfect sleep devoid of slight distractions or movements is near to impossible.
Is Fitbit’s sleep score accurate?
Yes, Fitbit’s sleep score is known for its accuracy. The technology is quite advanced and takes into consideration even the nuances of sleep to make the analysis.
Does Fitbit disrupt sleep?
No, Fitbit Versa does not disrupt your sleep. The watch merely stays on your hand devoid of any noise or other disturbances. Tracking of the sleep is done without letting the user know.
How tight should Fitbit be overnight?
Do not wear the watch too tightly especially while you are asleep. Tie it in a way that lets you move it up and down your wrist while not too loose, as the watch needs to track the pulse to assess your sleep.