The WHOOP Sleep Coach makes recommendations based on your individual circadian rhythm, daily strain and sleep debt, and whether you want to peak, perform, or get by. WHOOP 4.0 includes haptic alerts so that members can now put these recommendations into practice with a silent alarm that you can set in three different ways based on your daily schedule.
This article discusses Sleep Coach (version 4.0) and how it works, how to access and use it, the latest Sleep Coach metrics definitions, and how to enable Sleep Coach notifications.
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is Sleep Coach and how does it work?
- Accessing Sleep Coach
- Using Sleep Coach
- Sleep Coach Metric Definitions
- Sleep Coach Notifications
- WHOOP 4.0: Getting Started with Haptic Alerts
What is Sleep Coach and how does it work?
WHOOP Sleep Coach provides nightly recommendations for when you should go to bed in order to help maximize your recovery the next morning. Sleep Coach also considers recent scientific learnings to determine your optimal sleep and wake times, based on your daily performance goals.
Accessing Sleep Coach
To access Sleep Coach, select the Coaching icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
From here, tap anywhere within the section labeled Sleep Coach.
Using Sleep Coach
Within Sleep Coach, you are able to select your performance goal for the next day, set a wake-up time, and view a breakdown of your Sleep Need.
Sleep Coach uses these elements to determine your ideal bedtime, or Suggested Time to Bed.
Sleep Coach Metric Definitions
- Recommended Time in Bed - The recommended time you need to spend in bed to achieve your Sleep Performance Goal.
- Sleep Latency - How long it typically takes you to fall asleep after getting into bed). Sleep Coach suggests what time you ought to get in bed based on your historical. Tapping this button displays a separate screen that gives a breakdown of the various factors that have contributed to your current Sleep Need.
Note: Achieving 100% Sleep Score does not automatically correspond to a green Recovery. Check out our support article on WHOOP Recovery to learn about the factors that impact Recovery.
Baseline - The amount of sleep you need as determined by your physiology (before adding additional Sleep Need from workouts or Sleep Debt).
Recent Strain - The additional Sleep Need caused by accumulating Strain. The more Strain you accumulate, the more sleep you need to help your body recover.
Sleep Debt - The difference between the amount of Sleep Need and the actual amount of sleep you got. Recent Sleep Debt will be added to tonight's Sleep Need.
Recent Naps - The reduction in tonight's Sleep Need based on recent time spent napping. Any time spent napping during the day is subtracted from tonight's Sleep Need.
You can click on your Recommended Time in Bed button to see the breakdown of the calculation:
- Suggested Time to Bed - The bedtime that Sleep Coach recommends based on your Recommended Time in Bed and your chosen Sleep Performance and Wake-up Time.
- Sleep Performance Goal - Your next-day performance goal. There are three levels: Peak, Perform, or Get By, which can found in the drop-down button at the top of the screen.
Each level corresponds to a different percentage of Total Sleep Need that is required in order to achieve your next-day performance goal.
Peak = achieve 100% of Sleep Need
Perform = achieve 85% of Sleep Need
Get By = achieve 70% of Sleep Need
Changing your Sleep Performance Goal increases or decreases your Recommended Time in Bed to allow you to hit the percentage of Sleep Need that matches your next-day performance goal.
Wake Up Time - Your desired wake up time the next morning. This time, combined with your Sleep Performance Goal and your Recommended Time in Bed, determines your Suggested Time to Bed. Adjusting your wake up time allows Sleep Coach to make recommendations to fit your schedule. You can edit your wake up time by clicking the pencil icon next to the time, or by clicking Wake Time Set To as shown below:
Sleep Coach Notifications
Each night, the WHOOP Sleep Coach can also send you a notification with your recommended Sleep Need and a suggested time to go to bed based on your selected next-day performance goal.
To enable this notification, make sure the following device settings are configured to allow notifications.
iOS: Settings > WHOOP > Notifications > Allow Notifications
Android: Settings > Apps & Notifications > See all apps > WHOOP > Notifications > Allow
WHOOP 4.0: Getting Started with Haptic Alerts
Sleep Coach with Haptic Alarm allows you to customize your wake time based on your desired goals! You can set your WHOOP to wake you with a haptic vibration based on one of three criteria:
- Sleep Goal
- In The Green
- Exact Time
Worried about hitting your goal? No matter what, you can also set the latest alarm time, so even if you don't reach your set goal, your 4.0 will still wake you.
For a deeper dive into this feature, check out our Haptic Alarm Overview.
Last updated October 1, 2021