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Garmin Connect now syncs sleep stages to Apple Health

The latest update to Garmin Connect on iOS (version 4.71) brings a useful enhancement to the sleep tracking feature. Previously, only sleep duration was synced from Garmin to Apple Health, offering limited insights into one’s sleep quality. The new update now syncs sleep stages, providing a more comprehensive view of your sleep patterns.

The timing of this update coincides perfectly with Apple’s plans to make the Health app available on iPads through iPadOS 17. This is not just a cosmetic upgrade; it’s a functional one. The larger display will enable users to view their data in a more detailed manner, making it easier to spot trends or irregularities. This could be particularly useful for professionals who require a more in-depth analysis of their health data.

Why sleep stage information matters

Garmin employs advanced sensor technology and algorithms to monitor sleep patterns. The device’s accelerometer detects movements, while the optical heart rate sensor measures heart rate variability to discern different sleep stages. Some Garmin models also incorporate Pulse Ox sensors to measure blood oxygen levels, providing additional data that can be crucial for identifying sleep issues such as sleep apnea.

Essential reading: Garmin Connect and Apple Health sync – how to set-up, troubleshooting

Understanding sleep stages is crucial for several reasons. Sleep is not a uniform state but a series of cycles involving different stages—REM, light sleep, and deep sleep. Each stage has its own physiological and psychological benefits. For instance, REM sleep is essential for memory consolidation and emotional regulation, while deep sleep is crucial for physical recovery and immune system function.

By syncing sleep stages to Apple Health, in addition to sleep duration, Garmin Connect allows users to delve deeper into their sleep architecture. This data can be invaluable for identifying sleep disorders, optimizing sleep for athletic recovery, or simply improving overall well-being.

Users who rely on multiple platforms for different aspects of health tracking may find this update simplifies their experience. It’s a move that could make Garmin devices more appealing to those already invested in the Apple ecosystem.

Garmin’s recent sleep upgrades: Venu 3 watch

Garmin’s recently launched Venu 3 watch is a noteworthy addition to the company’s lineup, particularly because of its enhanced sleep tracking capabilities. One of the standout features is the Sleep Coach, which goes beyond merely tracking your sleep patterns. Utilizing a complex algorithm that takes into account your age, lifestyle, and recent physical activities, the Sleep Coach provides personalized recommendations on the amount of sleep you need for optimal recovery.

Another innovative feature is the nap tracking capability. The Venu 3 recognises the importance of short rest periods during the day. It tracks the duration and quality of your naps, integrating this data into your overall sleep profile.

These enhanced sleep features are currently exclusive to the Venu 3 timepiece. However, there’s a reasonable expectation that they will be rolled out to older generation devices through firmware updates in the coming months.

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Marko Maslakovic

Marko founded Gadgets & Wearables in 2014, having worked for more than 15 years in the City of London’s financial district. Since then, he has led the company’s charge to become a leading information source on health and fitness gadgets and wearables.

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