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Sleepy, sleepy sleep app

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I recently got an app for my phone called Sleep as Android. It’s supposed to track the quality of my sleep, record all sounds while I’m sleeping and wake me at the best time within my sleep cycle but near to the time I’ve set for my alarm. In the last few years, I’ve struggled to get a quality amount of sleep. I have implemented all of the suggestions that SparkPeople recommends such as no caffeine after 4:00, no TV, cell phone or computers in the bedroom and keep a close schedule of “to bed” at 10:30 and “up at” 6:30. I drink chamomile tea before going to bed around once a week. I do some kind of fitness for an hour every day but usually before dinner. Even so I was always having a hard time falling asleep and usually woke up during the night and had a hard time getting back to sleep.

Since I’ve been using the app I have to have my cellphone nearby but I handle it as little as possible. I haven’t made it to 6:30 any morning since I’ve gotten the app since it has to wake me no later than 6:30. It has never woken me before 6:00 but never as late as 6:20 in the two weeks I’ve been using it. Since I started using it I’ve been falling asleep quicker and sleeping through the night. This has got to be some kind of emotional response since none of my habits have changed except I’m being woken up a few minutes earlier every day.

According to the app I’m getting more hours of quality sleep by almost an hour than the average of all of the other people using the app. I have less noise and sleep longer too.

I can’t say I feel less tired when I get up in the morning. But, I haven’t had much trouble with feeling very tired during the day even before I started using the app.

Have any of you had experience with one of these cellphone sleep trackers?
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    Interesting! I haven't tried that kind of app, but I do use one called Sleep Fan, which is just nice, white background noise that helps soothe me back to sleep when I wake up during the night. I do find it helps me.
    2242 days ago
    I have wanted to try one but the only apps I knew of are for iPhone...and I have an Android. I will give this one a try, thanks for sharing
    2254 days ago
    Thanks for the tip, I'll have to check out this app! I'm so sorry you're struggling with sleep and tiredness, and hope it's better soon!
    2257 days ago
    Interesting that you fall asleep a little better while using this - I find when I use a new alarm clock, I sleep badly, since I worry about whether or not the alarm will work. Conversely, do you think you sleep better because you trust this app to wake you?

    Just wondering if maybe that's the reason?
    2258 days ago
    I love technology, especially the things that support healthy habits.

    I don't need this app myself since I fall asleep every night while watching TV. In fact, I record my shows so that I'll have a way to find out the next day "who done it."

    I hope this solves your problem permanently.
    2258 days ago
    I have never heard of this. Keep us informed on how it works for you.
    2258 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I haven't heard of this - but I'm intrigued. I had a fitbit and now I have a vivio wristband and both have sleep trackers. Basically they just track movement during the night. An app like this sounds far more inclusive.
    2258 days ago
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    I have a similar app, but did not use it consistently. Maybe I need to give it another try.
    2258 days ago
    I've never heard of anything like this. Very interesting. Keep us posted on how it's working!
    2258 days ago
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