Sleeping with the Apple Watch
To date, I’ve spent every night sleeping with the Apple Watch. Yes, you read that correctly. I think in every review I’ve seen of the Apple Watch, there is a complaint that it can’t be used at night because it needs to charge. That’s not the case as long as you charge it before you go to sleep. The watch has enough of a battery inside to survive a night of sleep and then a full day of activity before it needs to charge again. This is my experience using the smaller (38mm) watch. I’ve read that the larger (42mm) watch lasts longer on a charge.
To do this, you have to plan ahead to make sure the battery doesn’t die on you in the night, especially if you are using the watch as your alarm clock. 🙂
I have been charging my watch once a day around 8:00PM. It takes just over an hour and a half if the battery is about 20% which leaves the watch ready for a night of sleep – which uses 20-23% of the battery life. I find the watch battery will last a full day (24 hours) on one charge.
Sleeping with the watch is perfectly comfortable. I set my Do Not Disturb on my phone and that transfers over to the watch, which is a nice feature. The last thing you want is a Stand Up! notification to go off an hour after you lay down for sleep. 😀
The one drawback I find while sleeping with the watch on is that sometimes it will light up when I move my arms around in the night or change positions. This can be startling because in the dark the watch is very bright!
This seems to be one area where Apple’s amazing design team fell short. I would expect the watch to dim automatically, especially if it is on do not disturb and it is night time. To work around this oversight, I configured a watch face with dim colors so it would not be so bright. Lately, I’ve turned off the active on wrist raise feature. Either one seems acceptable, but I’d really prefer an auto-dim at night feature.
Another weird thing the watch will do in the morning is tell me that I need to get moving to achieve my stand goal for the day. I turned off the notifications, yet something is still in the watch set to tell me to stand up. What is odd is that it does this BEFORE the alarm goes off that I set for myself in the morning. For instance, if I set an 8AM alarm, I will receive a stand notification sometime before 8 when the watch knows that I am still sleeping.