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Fitbit Sleep Score, HRV & breathing rate not showing – fix available

A widespread issue seems to have appeared on June 27th for many Fitbit users. They are only seeing simplified sleep data. The HRV and breathing rate has also disappeared for some.

A typical Fitbit device shows a plethora of sleep stats in the morning. This includes sleep stage info, a Sleep Score and much more. However, there seems to be a bug that treats long sleep sessions as if they were naps. Which means users are only getting simplified data. The issue is on both iOS and Android phones.

Fitbit Sleep Score not showing

The Sleep Score glitch was first reported on June 27th and it seems to be affecting lots of users across a range of Fitbit devices. The company’s forums are littered with complaints, and there are a couple of Reddit threads on the topic that are growing by the minute.

Fitbit Sleep Score, HRV & breathing rate not showing – possible server issue


Earlier, the moderators on one Fitbit’s forums posted the default solution for such problems. We go into detail on the typical troubleshooting steps in a separate article.

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Basically the steps boil down to making sure you are wearing the device properly, making sure the device battery is not critically low and restarting the tracker. Most likely, you will find that none of these steps will resolve the problem.

HRV and BR data is missing from the Health Metrics dashboard

To make things even worse, some users are reporting they have not seen any heart rate variability (HRV) and breathing rate (BR) data since June 25th. Once again, it is a cross-device problem – users of Sense, Versa, Charge, Inspire are all reporting the bug.

Some have reported that even historical recorded data for BR and HRV is not accessible. This is not the case for skin temperature and SpO2 info which seems to be working just fine.

What to do

Right now you might be stuck with simplified sleep data and no HRV or BR info. But Fitbit knows about the issue and has reported things will start working properly again tomorrow morning. As suspected, it was a problem at their end.

There is an additional thing you can do to try and recover from the glitch which doesn’t require waiting for Fitbit. The steps are as follows:

  1. Make a note of the start time and end time of your sleep last night.
  2. Restart your Fitbit wearable.
  3. In the app, manually delete last night’s sleep session.
  4. Now manually add the start and end times for that sleep session.
  5. If things go well, you should receive the Sleep Score and other data for that night’s sleep.

Regardless whether you try this solution or not, things should be back to normal soon. Fitbit is working on fixing the server-end glitch so there’s no need for a software/firmware update. Whether this also resolves the missing HRV, BR data problem remains to be seen.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

8 thoughts on “Fitbit Sleep Score, HRV & breathing rate not showing – fix available

  • i’ve just buied versa 3, i’ve downloaded last firmware but after three nights in fitbit app and in the smartwatch i see no data about frequency breathing, and HRV and body temperature….

    • I Habe tried everything to get my BR working again and nothing is working seriously Fitbit get your act together I Have stopped paying for data your not supplying at extra cost

  • i have fitbit luxe & live in New Zealand, have been wearing it for a week including at night. the health metrics doesn’t seem to work. i get oxygen level but no other info. i have activated premium. also it shows that i have walked steps in my sleep! is there a fix for these issues?

    • If ya don’t people to see ur problems, then fix the problem. Show all comments instead of saying it comment will not be shown. Ya only want nice comment, not truthful comments.

  • This is not good….I have a versa 2 and had no problems until recently. I depend on my Fitbit because I stop breathing during the night. If this can’t be fixed I need to know so I can go with another company with a different watch. I’m charged every month to see this….maybe ya should give back refunds instead of just saying this will b fixed soon. Mine stopped feb 6th I believe. I’m not going back to see, I think I said March 6 but I believe it was feb. Ya also could give more detailed information or updates to ur customers instead it’s been reported.

  • Starting on August 1, 2022 until present my hrv data is not being tracked on my Fitbit charge 5. So frustrating. Just did the firmware upgrade. Didn’t fix problem.

  • I’ve had my Fitbit Luxe since september 2nd, so about 1,5 months. It has always had problems with HRV and breathing frequency. HRV showed a 148 one day last week. But I usually don’t get any data about those metrics. It also shows on and off sleep data. Sometimes there is a full week that i get only simplified sleep data (which is always completely inaccurate). Customer service Fitbit seems useless. I’m thinking of returning it and go with another brand.

  • Used Fitbit for three months now. Complete rubbish. HRV and Breathing Rate rarely update. Rare to get all five health metrics. This should not be complicated software. Programmers are clearly rejects from other jobs who cannot fix elementary glitches


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