Frequently Asked Questions
Monday, March 31, 2014
1.So how does this project work?
First, you create a login on http://www.wnyc.org/sleep/. Then you check in each morning and evening to tell us when you woke up and when you went to bed. You answer a couple more questions about your sleep habits, and that’s it. By giving us that information, you’ll be able to see your own sleep patterns over time.
2. What do I get for sharing my information?
When you log in, you’ll see your sleep patterns charted on a graph. You’ll also be able to see how your sleep compares to others participating in this project.
3. How do I sync my Jawbone? And do I still need to log in to the project site if I have synced my device?
It’s easy to Clock Your Sleep with your Jawbone UP. Log in and click on the link that asks you to “Connect your Jawbone UP.” You’ll be able to log on to your Jawbone account and give permission for Clock Your Sleep to accept your bedtime and wake-up times. You’ll get more interesting data if you fill out a simple sleep diary in addition to sync’ing up your wristband - but your bedtime and wake-up times will already be recorded. Just answer the other diary questions and you’ll be all set to get your personal progress charts. You can disconnect at any time on the Profile page.
4. How do I sync my Fitbit? And do I still need to log in to the project site if I have synced my device?
It’s easy to Clock Your Sleep with your Fitbit. Log in and click on the link that asks you to “Connect your Fitbit.” You’ll be able to log on to your Jawbone account and give permission for Clock Your Sleep to accept your bedtime and wake-up times. You’ll get more interesting data if you fill out a simple sleep diary in addition to sync’ing up your wristband - but your bedtime and wake-up times will already be recorded. Just answer the other diary questions and you’ll be all set to get your personal progress charts. You can disconnect at any time on the Profile page.
5. My Fitbit/Jawbone UP doesn't seem to be syncing up on the WNYC sleep project site. Why?
Our system syncs with Fitbit and Jawbone UP data twice a day, once in the late morning and once in the early evening. For the first week of April, there was a technical problem with the syncing of these devices, but it's fixed now! Go to the ‘My Progress’ section under the ‘My Sleep’ tab and you'll now see your charts.
6. What happens if I want to put in my sleep data through the app or project site in addition to syncing up my fitness tracker?
You are welcome to use all three ways to submit data. The data you input manually through the WNYC Sleep app or through the project website will take precedence over data submitted through a fitness tracker. And the most recent data submitted manually through the app or the website will be the data used to generate your chart.
7. Is it a problem if I forget to put my sleep info in one morning or evening? What should I do in that case?
It’s not a problem! Just go to the site and fill in info for the days you missed, or skip them. You will still see your patterns over time.
8. What if I’m starting in the middle of this project? Can I still participate?
Yes, for sure. Just jump right in.
9. What if I life outside of New York City? Can I still participate?
If you live in the New York City metro area, we’ll include you in our aggregated data about how the city as a whole sleeps. If you’re outside of the metro area, you can still track your own sleep and see trends over time - you just won’t be counted as a New York City sleeper.
10. If I sleep in two shifts, how should I log my sleep?
If you sleep in two or more chunks of time with awake time in the middle, submit the time you first went to sleep and the time you woke up for the final time, and then indicate your awake time in the section "minutes I was awake during the night." So if you slept from 11:30 PM to 3:30 AM and then again from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM, you'd say you fell asleep at 11:30 PM and woke at 9:30 AM with "90+" minutes awake during the night.
11. What if I fall asleep in front of the TV, then get up and go to bed elsewhere?
Track that time asleep in front of the TV as a nap.
12. The website is asking me if I napped or had caffeine after a weird time. Is that an error?
That time is automatically calculated based on the time you told us you usually go to bed. It generates a time 8 hours before your bedtime. So check on your sleep diary page to see if you gave us the accurate routine bedtime.
13. Is my information private?
The data collected through the app or website will be used only as aggregated, anonymized data in order to explore how New Yorkers sleep, and New York Public Radio won’t share any of the non-aggregated information or data with anyone.
14. Do I have to tell you everything? What if I don’t answer certain questions?
You can answer any or all of the questions, it's up to you. Also, while we hope you want to tell us the truth for the sake of having an accurate picture of how the city sleeps, we’re not fact-checking your answers.