iWatch sleep tracking tipped by Apple's reported snooze expert hire

iWatch sleep tracking feature
Now I lay me down to sleep, pray the Lord my iPod to keep

The rumored Apple iWatch could be a 24/7 wearable and not just an expensive daytime fashion statement, as Apple has reportedly hired a sleep tracking research expert.

The company is said to have scooped Roy J.E.M Raymann, a former Philips Research senior scientist who was involved in sleep monitoring for a number of years, according to 9to5Mac.

Raymann's very active sleep study background includes founding a non-clinical sleep research facility and researching wearable and miniaturized sensors.

This would make him an obvious candidate for fostering potential iWatch sleep tracking capabilities, though Philips Research only confirmed that he departed the company at the top of the 2014, not where he went after that.

iWatch sleep tracking competition

Sleep monitoring is just as unconfirmed as the device itself, but Raymann sounds like a good fit for the iWatch feature. It would also been an appropriate fit for the Healthbook app reportedly set for iOS 8.

Apple's sensor-filled smartwatch could be the holy grail quantified self consumers have sought in an effort to properly analyze their sleep patterns.

The Fitbit Force activity monitor recognizes sleep habits, but it's filled with too many inaccurate results, while the Nike FuelBand SE only calculates time slept through the manual press of a button.

Jawbone Up has been the best consumer-grade wearable device to effectively track sleep, though the forthcoming Withings Aura sleep system impressed us even more at CES 2014.

Whether or not Apple fans can measure snoozing habits better with an iWatch than with these other gadgets seems to be in the hands of Raymann.