Technology has taken the blame for turning us into a sleepless society. But it’s also technology “to the rescue” nowadays, even when it comes to our sleeping issues. The expression “now there’s an app for everything” might have been said with a twist of sarcasm, but the truth is that many of our modern applications are meant to help us better understand and manage our lifestyle.
When we don’t get the proper rest we need, we experience health issues (especially if the sleep deprivation becomes chronic). Instead of going to a specialized clinic and submitting ourselves to various tests to find out what’s wrong with our repose and what we can do to improve it, now we have applications that monitor our sleep and tell us what we should change. They rely on the accelerometer sensor incorporated in the smartphones to track our slumber patterns and wake us up at the best time of our rest cycle.
These apps have become extremely popular, so I thought it might be interesting to check out the top three on the list preferred by Android users.
Sleep as Android
Sleep as Android is one of the first, original sleep tracking mobile apps. It has continuously evolved from its initial version, and now it’s probably the most well-known Android sleep monitoring app. It has a variety of features besides basic tracking of the sleeping cycle. For instance, it records the noises you make during the night, such as talking and snoring. Thus, it can help you diagnose sleep apnea which maybe you didn’t even know you had! The app can play lullabies or soothing sounds, to help you fall asleep sooner and enjoy a better rest. One neat feature is that it can wake you up with a math problem that needs to be solved; otherwise, the alarm wouldn’t stop. The data about your sleep habits get stored on a SleepCloud online platform. The application integrates well with Android Wear, Google Fit, Samsung Health and Philips Hue. The free version only includes a two weeks trial; after that, the price goes up to $3.99.
Like all the other apps, Sleep Cycle also uses the incorporated smartphone microphone and accelerometer sensor to record and analyze your slumber habits. The app presents one of the best features users appreciate and adopt, according to trymattress reviews: it identifies the lightest phase of your sleep, and it wakes you up at that time, just before the main alarm goes off. It gathers sleep data as well and presents it to you as a graphic which you can analyze and use to make improvements. The information range is completed with metrics on sleep quality and average sleep time. The free-of-cost version of this app allows you to modify some of the basic options; the premium form (which comes as a $29.99 yearly subscription) includes exciting features such as online data backup, sleep notes and statistics or information on how various factors influence your rest.
Sleep Time has mostly become known for its wide variety of alarm clock settings, but it also has a sleep analysis feature and a wake-up algorithm which determines the best moment in your sleep cycle when you should wake up feeling well-rested and full of energy. All the data about your sleep is collected and presented in useful graphs, and you can also play individual scenarios (including stimulant factors such as coffee or alcohol, for instance) to see how they will affect your repose. It comes in two versions: the basic free one and the premium which costs $29.99 per year, but it provides detailed sleep observation reports which are meant to help you understand your sleep and improve it.