Using the Watch App

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In AutoWake 3, all alarms are set up and configured in the Watch app itself.

You can add as many alarms as you want. Once you've added one, it will be intelligently displayed according to your settings choices. You then activate any of your alarms as required.

Adding an Alarm

To add an alarm to your AutoWake alarms list:

  • Touch the Add Alarm button at the bottom of your alarms list. You may need to turn the crown before doing this.
  • Choose the type of alarm. There are two main types of alarm. Advanced or Scheduled.

Advanced Alarms

Advanced alarms can integrate with AutoSleep, have advanced sleep features*, and can trigger HomeKit scenes such as turning your lights off.

There are five types of advanced alarm:

  • Fixed Time: This will trigger at a specific time of day.
  • Time in Bed: This will trigger either after a specific amount of time in bed, or, optionally, a latest possible wake time, whichever comes first.
  • Sleep Goal: This will trigger either after a specific amount of sleep has been detected, or, optionally, a latest possible wake time, whichever comes first.
  • Sleep Bank: This uses your current sleep balance from AutoSleep. This considers whether you are in sleep credit or sleep debt. This will trigger after your sleep debt is zero, or, optionally, a minimum amount of sleep has been detected, or, optionally, a latest possible wake time, whichever comes first.
  • Quality Goal: This will trigger either after a specific amount of quality sleep has been detected, or, optionally, a latest possible wake time, whichever comes first.


*Advanced sleep features requires WatchOS 5 or higher and AutoSleep 6.2 or higher.

Advanced Alarm Options

Using a Sleep Goal alarm as an example, here's an explanation of the options available to you.

  • Set goal: This is how much sleep you would like to achieve before being woken by your alarm.
  • Latest wake time: This is optional. If specified, it is the latest possible time for the alarm to wake you.
  • Smart type: This is the type of smart alarm to use. See the section below for details.
  • When active: You can specify which days of the week your would like this alarm to be active. On days that the alarm is not active, it will be moved to the bottom of your AutoWake alarm list and greyed.
  • Smart reminder: If you specify a latest wake time you can also add a smart reminder. AutoWake will look at your desired sleep goal, latest wake time, and your current sleep efficiency. It will then send you a reminder one hour before your optimal bedtime. You can change this interval as required.

Once you have set up your options, tap Add to add the new alarm to your AutoWake alarms list.

Scheduled Alarms

Scheduled Alarms are simple auto scheduled smart alarms.

Because they are activated automatically, they cannot provide advanced sleep features, HomeKit scene activation or AutoSleep lights off.

  • Time: The latest time that you would like the alarm to sound.
  • Smart type: This is the type of smart alarm to use. See the section below for details.
  • Schedule: Which day or days you would like the alarm to be scheduled on.
  • Reminder: A fixed time bed time reminder. This will only be sent when the scheduled alarm is enabled on the AutoWake alarms list.

Once you have set up your options, tap Add to add the new alarm to your AutoWake alarms list.

Using the Alarm List

The alarm list lets you activate, edit and delete alarms.

  1. Touch an alarm to edit or delete.
  2. Touch the switch to activate the alarm.
  3. Turn the crown to scroll through your list of alarms.

Activating an Advanced Alarm

To activate the advanced alarm:

  1. When you go to bed, touch the switch of the alarm that you would like to use.
  2. You will briefly see a working display as the Watch communicates with your iPhone.
  3. Once active, the following is displayed:
    • The set time and a switch if you need to turn the alarm off early.
    • The time until the alarm will trigger.
    • The amount of sleep detected since you activated the alarm.
    • The amount of quality sleep detected since you activated the alarm.

Other options:

Considerations:

  • For advanced goal based alarms, the alarm time and time to alarm are estimates. See Advanced Alarm section above.
  • A ~ symbol in front of the alarm time on the alarms list indicates that this is the estimated time based on your sleep goal and sleep efficiency. If you have a latest wake time option enabled for this alarm, it will display in the heading above the alarm time along with the day.
  • If an advanced alarm would result in sleep crossing different "sleep days", then it will prevent you from activating it until after your AutoSleep night hour. Learn more about this here.

Activating a Scheduled Alarm

To activate the Scheduled Alarm:

  • At any time activate or de-activated the schedule alarm by touching the switch.
  • This will then change colour to show that it is now active.
  • Turn the crown and you will see an Auto Schedule summary.

Considerations:

  • Scheduled alarms are automatically activated about four hours before the designated time.
  • If they conflict with an already activated advanced alarm they will not be activated.
  • You need to make sure that the AutoWake complication is on your active Watch face.
  • A safety check will occur 10 minutes after any active reminder to ensure that the Watch and iPhone can communicate.

Smart Alarm Types

To set the alarm type:

  1. Touch the smart type option when adding or editing your alarm.
  2. Use the Digital Crown to select the smart alarm type.
  3. Note the green time window text below the type picker. This indicates the time window for your selection. This is either 15 or 30 minutes before your alarm time.
  4. Touch Save.

About alarm types:

For light sleep or medium sleep options:

In the 15 or 30 minute window before the alarm will sound, your energy level (based on heart rate and motion) will be checked in 5 minute intervals against one of two threshold values. Either light, or medium. If the 5 minute energy level is above the threshold then the alarm will trigger early.

It is best to start off with the light setting.

You can check your last alarm results in the AutoWake iPhone app in the Last Alarm tab. This will show you your energy levels graphed in 5 minute blocks leading up to the alarm time. On this graph are two lines, namely Light and Medium. Here you will be able to see how close the 5 minute energy level was to either the Light or Medium setting.

For bump options:

In the 15 or 30 minute window before the alarm will sound, you will receive a haptic bump every 5 minutes. The alarm will not trigger early.

You are able to change the type of tap in AutoWake settings / Haptic section.

Depending on the type of tap, this will not wake you, but will gently bring you out of deep sleep.

Sleep Cycle Buster:

The sleep cycle buster lets you use both the bump option and light/medium sleep option simultaneously. You will receive a light tap every 5 minutes within the 15 or 30 minute window before your set alarm time. This is usually not enough to wake you up, but it will take you out of deeper sleep as you get closer to the final alarm time. This usually prevents those occasions where you remain in very deep sleep until the minute your alarm fires. You are able to change the type of tap and/or disable the sleep cycle buster in AutoWake settings / Haptic section.