with the new alta hr ($150 to $180), fitbithas added more detail and helpful context to its sleep tracking data. the new features, accessible via the fitbitapp, are called sleep stages and sleep insights. and along with the now-shipping alta hr, thesleep stages feature is coming soon to fitbitâ€™s charge 2 and blaze via firmware updates, whilesleep insights will work with all sleep-tracking fitbits. fitbit is not the first activity tracker companyto offer enhanced sleep tracking. jawboneâ€™s app offers metrics for time spentin deep, rem, and light sleep and â€˜smart coachingâ€™ as well, though it doesnâ€™t includecontext from other users.
but techcrunch reported in february that jawbonewas exiting the consumer market. the company hasnâ€™t updated its trackersin two years, though you can still buy them online and the companion up app was updatedin january. and some consumers have complained about jawbone’slack of support. so, despite beating fitbit to market withenhanced sleep tracking, jawbone is no longer a valid alternative. fitbitâ€™s enhanced sleep tracking is poweredby its purepulse heart rate tracking sensor. iâ€™ll have more to say about alta hrâ€™sheart rate tracking in my next blog post. in the meantime: i appreciate the additionalperspective fitbitâ€™s new sleep stages and
sleep insights offer. and iâ€™m looking forward to new ways fitbitwill add more context and actionable insights about health and fitness.