Can You Sleep With Apple Watch?

Apple Watch offers a lot of new and convenient ways to monitor your health, not least of which is the Sleep app. This means you can sleep with your Apple Watch to keep track of how you sleep, to set up a regular sleeping schedule and set an alarm. All of this is really good for people with insomnia issues or to stay on time with your daily routine. 

But, before we continue here, there are several things you should consider before strapping a wireless device onto your wrist while you get those essential 40 winks. This is because there’s a huge question about electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and their impact on human health, including cells, bones, tissues and brain function. 

So, yes, you can sleep with Apple Watch and, depending on your situation, may be the perfect thing to help solve all your sleeping woes. But you should first weigh the risks against the benefits before deciding on sleeping with an Apple Watch. 

The Risks

Electromagnetic frequencies are a type of radiation that transmits powerful low frequency emissions. Since the 1990s, many studies show that these emissions are not only harmful, but they can cause sleeplessness, interrupted sleep and excessive sweating while sleeping.  

Potential Harm 

What’s more disturbing is that it can cause DNA damage, sterilization and various forms of cancer, particularly that of the brain. At the very least, they can cause brain fog, forgetfulness and clumsiness. Any wireless device will emit EMFs within an immediate vicinity.  

This means things like smart phones, touch pads, wireless routers, computers, cell phone towers and Apple Watches all emit these frequencies during the time they’re on. In some cases, even long after being off. 

Verified Studies ; Research 

The National Institute of Health shows early findings with a definite negative effect of wireless devices on a person while they sleep. There is much support for this with similar studies from places like Charite University in Berlin, Germany. They found EMF waves have a significant negative effect on the sleep of women. 

To illustrate how dangerous EMFs can be, the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society both have a library of studies detailing such things. Scientists and experts like Henry Lai, Barrie Trower and Franz Adlkofer have solid evidence of the cancer-causing, DNA damage inflicted by EMFs. 

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Why Is Apple Watch Not Tracking My Sleep?

The United Nations and the European Union have banned 5G transmitters from in and around their buildings. Specific countries and localities have also undertaken this ban or avoided 5G altogether. Durango in the state of Colorado, some parts of California and a few townships in France will not install 5G towers, for example. 

Apple Watches ; EMFs 

Even though an Apple Watch isn’t the same as a 5G tower, the EMF exposure is still the same because those towers are what are sending the frequencies to your devices. These do become absorbed by the body. So, if you have several smart devices and appliances networked in your home, the EMF intensity is something to think about.  

This bombardment is accosting you daily and will most likely, at some point, have a negative effect on your overall health. As with everything, EMFs will affect various people in very different ways. 

The Benefits:

Now, this information shouldn’t frighten you; it’s so you can make an informed and well-educated decision that will be best for you and your needs. There are an equal number of reasons why you would or should want to sleep with an Apple Watch when you go to bed.  

First and foremost, it’s cheaper and more convenient than going to the doctor. In most cases, we can solve the issue ourselves with a little discipline and patience. 

Cost-Effective Convenience 

If you don’t get enough sleep or the right kind of sleep, it’s much easier and cost effective to monitor yourself than going to a sleep institute. Apple Watch’s built-in Sleep app isn’t all-inclusive, so you can pair it with other sleep-tracing applications with your iPhone to get a full picture of your sleep patterns. 

This is because the Apple Health app on your iPhone integrates with Apple Watch. You can see your stats here and generate a general picture of your sleeping patterns. It gives you tips on how to sleep better and you get a summary of the previous night’s sleep every morning when you wake up. 

Pairing Apps 

Plus, there are a bunch of different apps out there that can help target specific concerns that you have with sleeping. For instance, if you talk in your sleep, snore or make other noises, you can use something like Pillow. This provides a countdown of your sleep combined with whatever you want to track; this includes power naps and setting alarms. 

Monitor Movement ; Heart Rate 

In the event you aren’t too keen about sleeping with the Apple Watch, you can use an app called AutoSleep. It uses your iPhone to record how long you sleep. When you sleep with Apple Watch on, it uses the sensors built into the device to keep track of your heart rate and movement. In the morning, it delivers a sleep score.  

The ability to observe your heart rate can be very important for people with unpredictable heart conditions, recent heart transplants and surgeries, or those recovering from certain heart cancers. It can be an absolute lifesaver in this regard. For $4, it could be the barrier between life-or-death situations. 

Benign Purposes 

Not all purposes for using your Apple Watch has to be grave or serious. For lighter things like meeting goals and difficulties falling asleep while monitoring sleep patterns, the Sleepzy app is perfect. You can set a goal and play white noise while you doze off to ensure a good and thorough night’s sleep. 

Thorough Monitoring 

If you want something more all-encompassing, try an app called Sleep Watch. You can track a myriad of concerns with a bunch of different options. Not only can you monitor your heart rate and REM sleep pattern but also disturbances to sleep, length of sleep and so much more. 

Weighing the Benefits vs. the Risks 

So yes, you can sleep with your Apple Watch on your wrist. But, because of the connection of EMFs to sleeping issues, try turning off all your wireless devices and appliances before going to bed at night. Try this for about a week to see whether it’s the EMFs inhibiting your sleep or not.  

If you don’t notice any change, go for monitoring with your Apple Watch. That said, Apple Watch is merely a beta-testing ground for sleeping problems. If you have severe sleeping problems, then get in touch with your doctor and undergo an official sleep study. Alternatively, if you’re not a techie type or you have a specific health condition, then Apple Watch will be the right thing to do.  

The main takeaway here is that you analyze your situation, your concerns and what your specific sleeping problems are. Take into consideration all the benefits and potential risks offered by using an Apple Watch to track your sleep. Then, do only what’s right for you because proper sleep is the one of the most important things. 

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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