Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Best App Ever

Okay, apologies in advance for those who aren't THAT interested in what I'm starting to think of as the 'cool things online' series that I seem to have started up through scattered posts over the last few weeks, but I HAVE to tell you about this awesome app that I've recently discovered:

Now, there will no doubt be a small group of you going 'Sleep Cycle? Seriously?  That thing's been around forever!'  And you're probably right. But I'VE only just discovered it, and honestly, I think it's amazing.  Here's the gist, in a nutshell (and yes, I'm quoting directly from the website):

Have you ever woken up feeling completely wrecked when the alarm clock goes off, despite the fact that you have slept “enough” hours? When this happens you have probably been awakened during a deep sleep phase, and your whole day can turn into one long zombie marathon. Other days you spring out of bed with a smile on your face, feeling completely rested even though you shouldn’t. As the alarm clock goes off, chance seems to play a big role in how your day will become. But does it really have to be that way? This is where the Sleep Cycle alarm clock application comes into play.
During the night you go from light sleep to deep sleep, occasionally entering into a dream state which is called REM-sleep. These are things that your normal alarm clock does not care about, and will go off at the set time regardless of whether you are in a light sleep phase or in the deepest sleep. However, since you move differently in bed during the different phases, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock is able to use the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in. Sleep Cycle then uses a 30 minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.
I actually heard about this App a while ago.  You put your iPhone on the corner of your bed as you sleep, and it's sensor's pick up when you move and monitor how much you move to know how deeply you're awake or asleep. They then plot out a graph of your deep-light sleep cycle, and then wakes you up at the best part of the 30minute window you give it the night before so that you wake up feeling awesome!  But it all sounded a little too fantastical and far-fetched, so I ignored it.  But after (on the weekend) I heard my brother Ben talking about it and swearing by it, I decided to give it a go.  I downloaded it for 99c from the AppStore, and have now used it for 3 nights in a row.
And here's what's absolutely amazing to me - this thing actually works! Like, seriously works!  I never get more than 6 hours sleep during the week, and often need to get up very early (3 or 4am).  And I have SUCH a hard time waking up and dragging myself through the next few hours until I've finally shaken it off and woken up properly.  But the last 3 mornings in a row, when that little alarms has beeped, I've been WIDE AWAKE!  Instantly. Awake.  It's wonderful. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful :)
SO.  If you have an iPhone, you really need to give this a try.  It's like a whole new world, where people can be people, and not zombies. 
xo Tammy


  1. If I ever have a mobile phone I am going to get this! Thanks Tam :)

  2. Lol I've heard others rave about this too, but James downloaded it and used it as an alarm this morning and since I was up feeding when it went off I found this about as funny as he found it annoying - the alarm would NOT turn off! - No matter what he did, he couldn't disable it, only postpone the inevitable by hitting 'snooze' again. For some reason (glitch?) the 'turn alarm off' button wasn't working. Finally he got up, put it under his pillow and just let it go and go and go. Finally it stopped, and when I looked at the phone, it said "Due to your lack of response, this alarm has disabled" hahaha. So it didn't really help him (I think it went off cause I woke up - he was still in a deep sleep lol), but it gave me a good laugh this morning... :)

  3. Bahahaha! - I just caught your last line :)

    (I admit quick scanning the first time) :)

  4. I love the last line, Lol.
    A couple of years ago, Robbie heard about the watch that does this, and he swore black and blue he needed it! So I paid $180 and got it for him as a present, thinking he'd love me forever for it :D
    He never used it. Realised he hated wearing watches, especially when he was trying to sleep *sigh* Now the silly thing just beeps randomly at 1pm everyday.
    ...I should really track it down and smash it.

    Anywho, maybe this app is the better idea! :)
    I'm glad you feel rested Tam :)