*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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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