Sleep: it’s something we all do, albeit not nearly as often — or for as long — as many of us would probably prefer. Sleep is a complicated thing, and takes effect differently in each person. Understanding our own individual sleep habits can be a great way to not only learn more about the ins and outs of how we sleep, but to potentially combat issues like insomnia, general sleeplessness, and nighttime stress. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy-to-use phone apps that can help you get started. If you’re interested in learning more about your sleep habits or are in search of a restful night’s sleep, consider using these sleep-tracking apps.
While most sleep-tracking apps will cost you money, there are also plenty of free ones that might make for a good place to start. One of these is SleepBot, an app that offers plenty of knowledge at no cost to you. SleepBot monitors your sleep patterns and body movements using your smartphone’s accelerometer, and records what it observes in easy-to-access tables and graphs. Your sleep information, including sleep cycles, movement, sound levels, and more are documented and organized by date in the app. You can even determine how many hours of sleep you lose every night. SleepBot can be downloaded for both iOS and Android phones.
Tracking your sleep cycles can be a great way to address sleep-related problems and figure out just how much — or how little — you’re sleeping every night. Northcube’s Sleep Cycle app offers an easy and inexpensive way to monitor your sleep cycles and potentially give you a better night’s sleep. Sleep Cycle uses your smartphone’s accelerometer to record things like your average time in bed, sleep quality, sleep phases, and more. It can also tell you which night during a set period of observation was your shortest night of sleep. This 99-cent app can be used on both iOS and Android devices.
Sleep As Android
If you’re an Android user looking to find out how often you wake yourself up by moving around during the night, check out AppBrain’s Sleep As Android. Like most sleep-tracking apps, Sleep As Android uses your phone’s accelerometer to monitor you while you sleep. This particular app is designed to track your muscle movements and then share that information with you when you wake up. You can even share your findings on social media. Although there’s a free version, unlocking all of this app’s potential means paying $3.19.
For an in-depth analysis of your sleep habits, download MotionX-24/7 from the iOS or Android app stores. This high-tech app not only monitors your movements while you sleep, but also notes drastic movements and records audio clips when it hears you snoring. This app can also be set to wake you up during certain portions of your sleep cycle. If you’d rather stay asleep, MotionX-24/7 can also play white noise or calming music to help keep you relaxed.
By adding one or more of these sleep-tracking apps to your smartphone, you’ll be one step closer to the restful night’s sleep you deserve.