Do Sleep Apps Really Work?

*not sponsored, I just like the app.

About a year ago someone told me that I needed to stop using my regular iPhone alarm and get a sleep app. So, I downloaded an app called Sleep Cycle and a year later I’m still using it and probably always will.

Most people, including myself, always assume that apps like this don’t actually work or make a difference, but here’s every reason why I use a sleep app and why you should too…

do sleep apps really work?

It Makes You Feel Less Tired

I know what you’re probably thinking, how does an alarm make you less tired? Here me out. When you set the alarm, you set it to go off within a certain time period, normally half an hour around the time you want to wake up.

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The app basically tracks when you’re in light or deep sleep depending on how much you’re moving and things like that. Then in the time period you set it will wake you up at the moment your body is in its lightest sleep which is the time that you will feel more ready to wake up. This means that you wake up feeling a lot less tired than you would if you’d been woken up from deep sleep.

Sounds impossible but actually does seem to make a difference for me.

do sleep apps really work?

It Tells You Your Sleep Quality

Every morning when you wake up you can see how long you were in bed for, how much of that you were actually asleep for and what your sleep quality was. The first time I got 100% it felt like heaven, but when you wake up still tired and see that your sleep quality was only 65% then you’ll know why.

do sleep apps really work?

It’s Just Cool!

Waking up and being able to see what your sleep pattern was like and when you were in light sleep, when you go into deep sleep, how long it took you to fall into deep sleep, etc. is actually really interesting.

You Can Hear Yourself Snore and Sleep Talk

I’d like to point out that I don’t do either of these things, but for people that I know do and use this app, it literally records the sounds you make in your sleep and you can listen to them back the next morning which is kind of hilarious.

do sleep apps really work?

It Doesn’t Shock You Awake Like Normal Alarms

My normal alarm is so loud and blares out of my phone which jolts me awake and is really not a nice feeling in the mornings. The sleep app alarms have more options for sounds/music to set as your alarm and when it goes off it starts quiet and then gradually gets louder if if doesn’t sense you wake up.

It Snoozes Without You Even Having to Press a Button

We all feel lazy as hell in the mornings, so when the alarm goes off you can literally roll over and it will know you’ve woken up and go into snooze mode. Basically perfect for all of us who are not morning people.

do sleep apps really work?

It Figures Out Why You’re Not Sleeping Well

Because it stores all of your data from every time you’ve used it, you can compare your sleep quality over time. If you pay to upgrade from the free version then you can add notes to the tracker like what you did that day, whether you drank coffee, what your mood was etc, and you can also select what your mood was when you woke up so the app can work out what length of time is the best for you to sleep for.

It Helps You to Fall Asleep

With the Sleep Aid feature on the premium version, it lets you choose relaxing sounds to help you fall asleep like ocean waves, rain, white noise and things like that.

I’ve never actually tried any sort of sleep aid but some of my friends swear by it because it stops your mind from overthinking and you just focus on the noise which helps you fall asleep much faster!

do sleep apps really work?

So, in my opinion sleep apps are so worth it. I really do see a difference in how awake I feel when I wake up and aside from that, it’s just fun to see what your sleep pattern is like and how well you sleep!

Have any of you ever tried a sleep app? What did you think?

Beth x

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16 Comments

  1. September 7, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Wow this was such a helpful post glad i stumbled on it! This app something i’ll definitely be looking into especially since it’s now time to go back to school ahah.

    • September 7, 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks! Yeah it really made a difference for me and is so much nicer than the normal phone alarm!

  2. September 8, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    In high school, I used to have the WORST sleeping habits. I used this app for a couple months and it really did help. It told me pretty much, that I wasn’t getting enough sleep and so I wasn’t going into a deep enough sleep. I loved this app

    • September 9, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Yeah I agree, it makes such a difference being able to see how you’re sleeping!

  3. September 8, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    I never used a sleep app but your analysis really makes me want to consider downloading one. It’s crucial we get enough sleep to have a productive day, so I think it’s worth investigating. Thanks for sharing, so different and helpful post Beth 🤗

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

  4. September 9, 2018 / 5:58 am

    This is really interesting. I’m definitely not a morning person and feel tired a lot so am definitely considering this. Trouble is will it pick up my partners sleeping habits too? I also have cats who sleep on the bed sometimes which might confuse it too! They can purr quite loudly!

    • September 9, 2018 / 3:28 pm

      I’m pretty sure there’s a setting where you can say that someone else is sleeping in the same bed and it tries to just focus on your sleeping pattern! Haha it will probably record the cats in the middle of the night!

  5. September 9, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    This sleep app sounds really interesting! I remember trying a sleep app once but I never really used it. I think after reading this I’ll download sleep cycle and give it a go! 🙂

  6. September 9, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    I’ve always struggled with my sleep ever since I was a child, so I found this post particularly helpful with some things I’ll be sure to try out! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

  7. September 9, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    Loved this post! I always struggle with falling asleep and feeling tired so will definitely have to try out this app. Such an interesting post to read xx

    • September 10, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you! Yeah you should definitely try it and let me know if it works for you at all! xx

  8. September 29, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    I’ve just downloaded the sleep cycle app because of this post! Shall be trying it out tonight and hopefully I’ll wake up ready for the day and not half asleep like I normally am!

  9. October 2, 2018 / 9:39 am

    I’ve never used a sleep app, but after reading this post I’m really interested. x

  10. October 26, 2018 / 8:20 am

    I’ve never tried a sleep app before but I do think it’s a really cool thing to be able to track all of these details about your sleep! I find stuff like that so interesting.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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