Your Second Nature activity tracker is designed to measure your steps throughout the day and sleep throughout the night.

Step tracking

The tracker records steps through the swinging motion of the arm when walking. 

The step number displayed on the tracker may not update immediately, but the tracker will calibrate correctly by the end of the day. 

If you have your own activity tracker as well, there may be a slight difference in the steps recorded between your tracker and the Second Nature tracker. This is due to the varying motion detectors used in different trackers. We recommend that you use one tracker to record your steps, to ensure consistency. 

What if I do a lot of exercise but it's not all walking?

If you do a lot of exercise but the motion is not detected because you are doing another form of activity other than walking, you can convert this exercise into steps by viewing our conversion table: http://help.secondnature.io/articles/2465845-converting-your-exercise-into-steps

Just make sure you add the exercise steps to the total amount of steps you do at the end of the day. For example, if you walked 7000 steps and did roughly 5000 steps whilst exercising, you would manually enter 12 000 steps at the end of the day before you go to bed or the next day.

Sleep tracking

The tracker measures sleep duration by measuring your movement during the night. When your body is at rest/ unmoving your tracker will register this as sleep. If you are particularly restless during the night, for example, moving from a restful position to one involving greater movement, such as turning over, the tracker will pick up on this movement and register it as restless sleep.

When your device indicates that you are moving so much that restful sleep would not be possible, your sleep graph will indicate that you were awake.

The tracker will record sleep between ~9pm and ~8.30am (if asleep outside of this time period, will not be registered as sleep). If awake but still during this time frame, the tracker will record this as sleep. 

It is not possible to manually enter sleep readings. If you are not using the Second Nature activity tracker, we would recommend that you record your sleep using the Journal function of the app. 

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