Mobile apps turn the alarm clock into advanced sleep trackers that can monitor how well we sleep and analyze the patterns in our sleep cycles. These apps can also use various techniques to help us relax and sleep better. While, the majority, if not all apps use phone sensors, many of them can connect to numerous gadgets and wearable devices, including health trackers and monitors.
Here, we list some of the most popular apps that can track how well you sleep and help you sleep better.
Pillow is an app that turns your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch into a sleep tracker that monitors your sleeping patterns, including the duration and sleep quality.
The way the Pillow app works is fairly simple. Before going to bed, you need to set a time you'd like to wake up, and hit the start button. Additionally, you can add notes about your daily activities, such as your reading habits or late snack cravings. After setting all things up, you need to place your phone or watch next to you on the bed, and let the Pillow app do the rest.
This includes tracking the different stages of your sleep throughout the night, and then translate all data into colorful charts that could be checked after you woke up. Pillow app doesn't only track how much you slept, but it could also tell how well you slept.
Pillow app is only available on iOS devices. It integrates with Apple's Health app, so you can use it not only to track your sleep but other health metrics such as Steps, Heart Rate, Weight, as well.
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Sleep Cycle App
Sleep Cycle app is an intelligent alarm clock able to analyze your sleep, so it could wake you in the lightest sleep phase, which means that you would wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Unlike Pillow app, you don't need to place your phone/device in bed, because Sleep Cycle app uses patented sound analysis technology for sleep tracking.
Also, unlike Pillow app, Sleep Cycle is available on Android and iOS for free with an option to purchase premium for additional features, including backup, trends, sleep aid, weather, heart rate monitor, and so on.
Sleep at the push of a button! That's the motto of Pzizz, an app for Android and iOS that helps you fall asleep faster, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.
The app does this by using the science of psychoacoustics, which is the app's patented system. It plays users a sleep-optimized mix of music, voiceover, and sound effects to quickly quiet their mind, put them to sleep, keep them asleep, and help them wake up feeling refreshed.
The app is free to download and use with an option to purchase premium to unlock additional features. However, keep in mind that Pzizz app is quite big – 580MB – and it can take a lot of space on your phone.
Sleep Genius App
Sleep Genius is another scientifically designed sound program that helps users fall asleep faster and sleep longer and deeper. The app was developed by experts in neuroscience, sleep, sound, and music following their research, which purpose was helping NASA astronauts to sleep.
Sleep Genius app uses the neurosensory algorithms to help the brain get ready for sleep, guide it through each stage in the sleep cycle, and wake users with a gentle alarm.
The app is available on iOS and Android at the price of $4.99.
Sleep Time+ App
Sleep Time+ app is an advanced alarm clock that tracks your sleep duration and quality with a goal to help you sleep better.
The app uses the sensitive accelerometer in your phone to detect movements during the night. Thanks to the advanced algorithm it determines the phase of your sleep and sets off the alarm at the ideal time. The iPhone version of the app can be integrated with Apple Health to better read sleep metrics.
The iPhone version costs $1.99 with an option to purchase additional features in-app. Android version is available for the same price, and another one for free (limited in features).
MotionX 24/7 App
MotionX 24/7 app is based on Sleeptracker technology that helps people sleep better and wake up refreshed. Besides tracking sleep, MotionX 24/7 app also monitors and tracks your daily activity level, resting heart rate, body weight, and more.
To let the MotionX-24/7 app accurately monitor your sleep and wake you at the optimal time, you need to place your iPhone either in bed or in an armband. You guess, the app is only available on iOS at the price of $0.99.
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Sleep as Android App
Android users can use Sleep as Android app, which is a smart alarm clock with sleep cycle tracking available exclusively on Android devices. This app monitors your sleep and wakes you gently in optimal moment for more pleasant mornings. Plus, it offers a lot of other features.
The app uses phone's sensors but can be used on wearable devices as well, such as Pebble, Android Wear or Galaxy Gear smart watch. It can also integrate with Google Fit and S Health.
It is free to download and use, offering in-app purchases for additional features.
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Noisli app is unlike the apps we mentioned above. Its primary focus isn't on sleeping. It's mainly used to drown out annoying noises with the help of high-quality ambient sounds that help users focus while working and to boost their productivity. Of course, the app can help create a pleasant audio environment for relaxing or sleeping, or other situations and activities, such as meditation or yoga classes, reducing stress and anxiety, soothing headaches and migraines, and more.
Noisli lets its users mix different sounds and create a perfect sound ambiance tailored to their personal need and taste.
The app is available on Android and iOS devices for $1.99
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