Fitbit Sleep Mode Explained

Fitbit is a major player in the health smartwatches domain, and it would not be wrong to state that the company offers one of the most comprehensive fitness tracking experiences.

Of many things, the watch can track, Sleep monitoring comes at the top. Fitbit can tell whether you’re sleeping lightly or deeply, and how many times you woke up during the night. Over time, this information can help you learn about your sleep patterns and make changes that improve your sleep quality.

Though the watch is pretty comfortable to wear during sleep, the constant buzzing of notifications can be disruptive.  That’s where the Fitbit’s Sleep Mode comes in.

In this post, we will discuss what is sleep mode in Fitbit and how it can be used to make your sleep more comfortable.

What is Sleep Mode on Fitbit?

Fitbit Sleep mode allows you to silence all notifications, alerts, or reminders on your Fitbit device. The mode is an extension of the DND feature as it not only silences your Fitbit but also dims the screen so you or your partner may not be bothered by the lights.

When the Sleep mode is turned on, the screen won’t wake up even if you raise or move your wrist during sleep. You will have to double-tap the screen to turn it on. Also, it automatically turns off the AOD (Always-on Display) mode.

Turning on the sleep mode doesn’t mean that you won’t get any notification from your smartphone,  it just ensures that your Fitbit will not bother you with any kind of vibration or screen wake up. 

One of the major differences between Sleep mode and DND is that you can schedule the former in advance. This means that you can specify the time period for which you want your Fitbit to be in sleep mode.

As per Fitbit, you cannot turn on both  DND and Sleep mode at the same time.

How to turn on/off Sleep Mode on Fitbit?

Turning Sleep mode on or off is quite simple as long as you know its symbol/icon. On almost all Fitbit devices, it is usually the half-moon or crescent moon icon. This icon is easy to find in the quick settings menu on Fitbit Sense and Versa Series.

We have added the following table to help you find the sleep mode on your respective Fitbit.

Product NameHow to turn on/off Sleep mode on Fitbit
Fitbit Inspire 2Wake up the screen >> Open the Settings >> Under settings  Select the Sleep Mode >> Tap to turn it on/off.
Fitbit Charge 3Open the Settings app >> tap Sleep Mode >> Tap Schedule to turn it on.
Fitbit Charge 4Press the side button to wake up the Screen >> Open the Settings app >> Select the Sleep Mode >> Tap to turn it on/off.
Fitbit Charge 5Wake up the screen >> Swipe down until you see the Sleep Mode option >> Tap to turn it on/off.
Fitbit SenseOpen Settings >> scroll down to ‘Quiet Modes >> Select Sleep Mode >> Tap to turn it on/off.
Fitbit Versa 3Open Settings >> Select  ‘Quiet Modes >> Select Sleep Mode >> Tap to turn it on/off.
Fitbit Versa 2Long press the LEFT button to bring up the notification panel >> Swipe Down and Open the Quick Settings >> tap on the Sleep mode >> Again tap to turn it on/off.
Fitbit Versa LiteSwipe up to Open the Stats Panel >> Tap on the Sleep Mode icon >> Tap Schedule mode and check if the toggle for Off-Hours is on.
Fitbit LuxeGo to Settings >> Quiet Modes >> Sleep Mode >> Schedule >> Tap to trun it on/off.

Though the watch can track accurately how long you sleep, it doesn’t automatically turn off the Sleep mode when you wake up. So if your Fitbit is not getting any notification or alert, Sleep mode can be the culprit.

You will have to turn it off manually if you want the device to alert you of any new notification or to activate AOD.

Thankfully, there is a way to automate this by scheduling the sleep mode to turn on and off at a specified time.

How to Schedule Sleep Mode on Fitbit?

Turning Fitbit Sleep mode on or off is quite simple, as you might know by now. However, scheduling the sleep mode is quite tricky. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Open the Settings (gear icon) on your Fitbit Device
  2. Scroll down and select ‘Quiet Modes’.
  3. Next, scroll to the bottom and select ‘Schedule Mode’.
  4. Toggle on ‘Off-hours’.
  5. Enter the Start time and End time.
  6. You are all set!

Fitbit will now enter the sleep mode automatically as per the schedule you have set. But how will you know?

How Do I Know if my Fitbit is in Sleep Mode?

Well, that is quite simple too. There are three ways to check if your Fitbit is in sleep mode or not:

  1. The first way is to simply look for a small crescent or half-moon. It will show for a few seconds each time you wake up the screen of your Fitbit during sleep mode.
  2. Check if the AOD mode is turned off
  3. Check if the screen wakes up as you toss your wrist. If it doesn’t, it means that the sleep mode is turned on.

What is Do Not Disturb vs sleep mode?

As we mentioned earlier,  DND and sleep mode have a lot of things in common. While DND ensures that your Fitbit won’t bother you with any kind of notification (be it calls, goal celebrations, or notifications from your smartphone app), it doesn’t prevent the screen from waking up as you move your wrist.

On the other hand, sleep mode goes one step ahead of DND as it not only silences your Fitbit but also dims the screen so you (or your partner) may not be bothered by the lights.

Another major difference between the two is that you can schedule the Sleep Mode in advance while DND can only be turned on manually.

Wrapping Up:

Sleep mode is a  great way to ensure that your Fitbit doesn’t bother you with any kind of notification or call while you are sleeping. You can turn on the sleep mode manually, but also schedule the sleep mode so it automatically turns on and off as per your convenience.