How to Use Sleep Tracking on Samsung Gear S3: 12 Steps

Samsung Gear 3 Frontier Smartwatch

Admittedly, there are days when you wake up tired even if it seemed like you’ve slept enough the night before, and this may be due to interrupted sleep that you might not even be aware of. With technology, such as the Samsung Gear S3, you can monitor your sleep quality and patterns. However, not everyone succeeded in knowing the proper way on how to use sleep tracking on Samsung Gear S3, defeating the purpose of the watch and app itself.

So, how to use sleep tracking on Samsung Gear S3? There are actually 12 general steps to follow so that you can use the sleep tracking feature of your device. You must also set it to silent mode to avoid any other disturbances, as well as set up the REM sleep cycle monitor to maximize its function.

For you not to be disappointed with your Gear S3 because you think it’s not working as expected, below, you will find the proper way of setting up your device for it to monitor the different stages of your sleep and not to disturb you due to notifications. You’ll also find information on what the Samsung Health monitors for you to have an idea of why it is of good use.

How Do You Track Sleep With Gear S3?

Samsung Gear 3 Frontier
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Recording and tracking your sleep nowadays is easier than before because of the development of smartwatches. Samsung launched several models, including the Gear S3, and here are the ways on how you can successfully use it to monitor your sleep:

Set It up Correctly

For your Samsung Gear S3 to track your sleep quality, here are the things you need to do to set it up:

  1. Go to or open the Samsung Health app.
  2. Choose the More button and tap on Manage Items.
  3. Scroll down to find Sleep, and then switch it on.
  4. Once finished, the next thing to do is to register your device by selecting the Accessories menu.
  5. Find the Sleep option.
  6. Tap on Device, and scroll down to find Samsung Gear S3.
  7. Tap the Samsung Gear S3.
  8. Tap Register.
  9. Once your device has been registered, you can set your goals by going back to and selecting Manage Items.
  10. Go to Goals.
  11. Scroll down and then choose the Feel More Rested option.
  12. Set your bedtime and wake-up time.

That’s it! You’re all set. Just wear your Samsung Gear S3 before going to sleep, and it will automatically track your sleep once you fall asleep. Then, three minutes after waking up, the tracker will show you when you fell asleep and get up, plus your sleep rating in percentage and light and deep sleep graphs.

For you to have more detailed information about your sleep quality, open your Samsung Health app. You will find your results for light, deep, and active sleep.

Enable REM Sleep Cycle Monitoring

Now, the question is, how about the REM cycle? This is an advanced sleep tracking feature, right?

Fortunately, yes, you can record and monitor your REM sleep cycle by tweaking the heart rate settings. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go or open the Samsung Health app.
  2. Look for the Heart Rate option and tap on it.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu found on the right.
  4. Tap the Gear icon.
  5. Find Settings, and then scroll, find, and select the Always option.

Do note that Samsung has a recent update to include the REM cycle monitoring, and if you have this, just switch it on before going to sleep.

Switch the Silent Mode On

To ensure you sleep well, your alarms and other notifications must be set on silent mode. For the Samsung Gear S3, there are a few settings you need to tweak. You can do it on the watch itself or your phone app.

1. Do Not Disturb Mode

Turning off the “Do Not Disturb” setting will switch off all your notifications except for your alarm.

On Your Watch
  1. Open the Quick Settings panel.
  2. Tap the Do Not Disturb icon and turn it on.

You may also:

  1. Press your Samsung Gear S3’s power key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the Advanced menu.
  4. Tap Do Not Disturb mode and turn it on.

If you want to have a schedule for your Do Not Disturb setting, you should:

  1. After switching on the Do Not Disturb setting, tap Set Schedule.
  2. Set up your start time, end time, and days.
  3. Tap Done.

If you have set the Do Not Disturb on your watch, you no longer have to change the settings on your phone. All you need to do is sync the setting from your phone to your watch. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app.
  2. Tap Home.
  3. Tap Sync Phone Settings.
  4. Tap Sync Do Not Disturb.
On Phone App

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open your Galaxy Wearable app.
  2. Tap the Home menu, and then the Advanced menu.
  3. Tap Do Not Disturb.
  4. Tap Turn On Now.
  5. Choose your required time frame.
  6. Tap OK.

If you want to have a schedule for your Do Not Disturb setting, you should:

  1. After switching on the Do Not Disturb setting, tap Set Schedule.
  2. Set up your start time, end time, and days.
  3. Tap Done.

These settings will automatically sync to your Samsung Gear S3 watch.

2. Activate the Theater Mode

Activating the Theater Mode will turn off Watch Always On, system sounds, alerts, Wake-Up Gestures, and alarms.

On Your Watch

To activate the Theater Mode using your Samsung Gear S3 watch, you must:

  1. Swipe and open Quick Settings.
  2. Tap the Theater Mode icon.
  3. Select your preferred duration and then tap the checkmark.

Another way of doing this is to:

  1. Press the power button of your watch.
  2. Find and tap Settings.
  3. Tap the Advanced menu.
  4. Tap Theater Mode.
  5. Choose your preferred duration and tap the checkmark
On Your Phone App

To successfully activate the Theater Mode on your phone app, you must follow these steps:

  1. Open your Galaxy Wearable app.
  2. Tap the Home menu.
  3. Find and tap the Advanced menu.
  4. Tap Theater Mode.
  5. Select your preferred duration and tap OK.

3. Enable the Goodnight Mode

As similar to the Do Not Disturb mode, when you switch on the Goodnight Mode, all your notifications will be turned off, except your alarm.

On Your Watch

Following these steps will ensure you enabled the Goodnight Mode:

  1. Swipe and search for Quick Settings.
  2. Tap the Goodnight mode icon.

You may also do so by:

  1. Pressing the power key button of your Gear S3.
  2. Tapping Settings.
  3. Finding and tapping the Advanced menu.
  4. Tapping the Goodnight mode and then, Turn On Now.

In case you’re using the One UI software, you may tap the Turn On Daily or Use While Sleeping settings so that the Goodnight mode will turn on or off automatically based on your specific sleeping patterns.

On Your Phone App

Enabling the Goodnight mode on your phone requires that you follow these steps:

  1. Open the Galaxy Wearable app.
  2. Find and tap the Home menu.
  3. Tap the Advanced menu.
  4. Switch on the Goodnight mode.

For the Goodnight mode, make sure you disable it manually once you’re no longer snuggling in your all-season, hypoallergenic comforter (view on Amazon).

Is Samsung Health Any Good?

Undoubtedly, the Samsung Health app has a lot of benefits because it does not only help you record and monitor your sleep, but also aids in helping you change your other habits. That includes exercising and diet changes. With that in mind, let’s focus on how useful it is when it comes to monitoring your sleep.

Sleeping Habit Monitoring

Most of the time, we have our standard sleeping and waking up times. With the help of our natural body clock or circadian rhythm, we automatically feel sleepy when it’s our regular sleeping time and wake up when it’s our regular waking time. This, though, is not always the case.

There are days, especially weekends, when we have too much caffeine or are busy with some other things that we or our body can’t sense that it’s time to rest your head on your comfortable, shoulder-zoned memory foam pillow (view on Amazon). If you want to stick to a regular sleep schedule to have better sleep quality, the Samsung Health app will provide you specific data, whether or not you followed your sleep schedule.

It will also help you determine the total number of hours you were asleep and will create a graph that you can analyze to see if you are experiencing sleep deficit.

Interrupted Sleep Determination

Your Samsung Gear S3 watch sleep tracker, together with the Samsung Health app will help you identify if you have been experiencing interrupted sleep, which might or might not require professional help. When your tracker is on silent or sleep mode, without any body movement, it will detect it as you sleeping. On the contrary, if it detects any body movement, it will be recorded as restless sleep.

These movements might be caused by your typical tossing and turning around your innerspring mattress (view on Amazon) or maybe due to sleeping problems such as apnea and restless leg syndrome. This may also be because of some noise or light around your room that causes disruptive sleep. Thus, inspect accordingly or consult a doctor.

Specific Sleeping Stage Problem

Even if you have completed the number of hours you sleep regularly, there are days when you wake up exhausted. The reason for this is that you might have awakened during the deep stage of sleep. Your sleep tracker will help you see the time when you usually achieve the deep sleep stage, so you can adjust your alarm or waking time.

Although not as accurate as traditional methods, achieving quality sleep and determining possible sleeping problems are possible with the help of Samsung wearable sleep trackers and apps. Just make sure you follow the tips above on how to use sleep tracking on Samsung Gear S3, as well as understand the different data provided by the device and the app.

Kris Peter

I am a lifelong advocate of sleep, continually learning, and striving to be better than I was yesterday.

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