If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone, you can switch between two different modes to track your sleep: “Manual” and “Automatic”. To learn more about “Manual” mode click here
In this mode Pillow tracks your sleep automatically without the need to press any buttons or perform any other action when you go to sleep. The only requirement is that you wear your Apple Watch during sleep. As long as “Automatic“ mode is on Pillow will detect and analyse sleep automatically.
In order to perform automatic sleep tracking and detection, Pillow requires access to the following Apple Health categories: “Steps”, “Heart”
1. Enabling “Automatic mode”
You can enable “Automatic” sleep tracking mode anytime from Pillow settings by following these steps:
From your iPhone:
1. Make sure you have at least one Apple Watch paired with your iPhone
2. Open Pillow on your iPhone
3. Tap on the Settings icon on the bottom left corner
4. Turn on the “Automatic” switch
Note: You only have to turn on automatic mode once. As long as Automatic mode is on Pillow will detect and analyse your sleep automatically every day without any further interaction.
From your Apple Watch:
1. Make sure your Apple Watch is in range and can connect to your iPhone
2. Open Pillow on your Apple Watch
3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen an tap on “Settings”
4. Turn ON the “Automatic” switch.
Note: If you want to use Pillow in “Automatic” mode only, you don’t have to install Pillow on your Apple Watch.
Alarms and audio recordings are not possible while Pillow is in Automatic mode. To use those features you have to switch to Manual mode.
2. Viewing your sleep analysis when Automatic mode is ON
You can view all your detected sessions either from your iPhone or your Apple Watch:
From your iPhone:
1. Open Pillow on your iPhone. Pillow will open directly in the **Sleep diary** view for the current day.
From your Apple Watch:
1. Open Pillow on your Apple Watch. Pillow will open directly in the “Sleep diary“ view for the current day.
The Sleep Diary view:
In the “Sleep Diary” view you can see two sleep rings: One for the Time Asleep and one for the total Sleep quality for that day (calculated as weight average of the sleep quality for any detected sleep sessions). When Pillow detects any sleep for that day, it will display one or more “Sleep summaries”, each representing one detected sleep session.
You can tap on a “Sleep summary“ to open the detailed “Sleep Analysis” for that session. You can also or swipe from right to left to open your “Sleep analysis” view for the current day.
Note: In Automatic mode Pillow will try to detect sleep automatically in the background or when you launch the app. You can also force Pillow to see for a sleep session by swiping down.
3. Sleep Calendar: Detecting and accessing sleep sessions from previous days
You can view any detected sleep session from previous days by tapping on the calendar icon on the top left corner of the Sleep Diary view on your iPhone.
If one or more sleep sessions have been detected for that day, a little purple dot will appear under that date. If Pillow hasn’t detected any sleep for that date, then Pillow will try to detect any sleep sessions for that specific day.
4. Customising how Automatic sleep tracking works in Pillow
You can customise the way Automatic sleep tracking works in Pillow by running the Setup Wizard:
To run the Setup Wizard:
1. Open Pillow on your iPhone 2. Tap on the Settings icon on the bottom left corner 3. Select “Setup Wizard”
The Setup Wizard currently offers the following customisation options:
4.2 Exclude time from Automatic sleep detection
Use this option to exclude any time during the day from automatic sleep detection. Tap on the start and end times to adjust the time of day that you can to exclude. If you select to exclude more than 16 hours during the day, Pillow will highlight the current value with red to give you a warning.
If you don’t want to exclude any time, simply turn on “24hrs detection”.
4.1 Getting sleep report notifications in Automatic mode
You can choose to let Pillow send you a notification whenever it detects any sleep sessions. The notification will come as typical iOS will contain a short summary of your sleep session and a graphic representation for your Sleep Summary.
You have the option to enable or disable that notification or choose the time you want to receive that notification.
This feature requires that you have given Pillow permission to send you notifications.
4.3 “Time to Sleep detection” in Automatic mode
When you enable “Time to Sleep detection” Pillow will try to detect how long it took you to fall asleep. Depending on your lifestyle and activities before sleep , this feature might result in the detection of unwanted awake time.
In this case we recommend that you turn off that feature.
5. Merging one or more sleep sessions
If Pillow detects more than one sleep sessions and those sleep sessions are less than 6hours apart you can choose to merge them into one following these steps:
- Open Pillow on your iPhone
- Tap on the sleep session summary you want to merge or swipe from right to left to open the Sleep analysis View
- Tap on the Edit button on the top right corner
- Select “Merge”