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?