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Mobile Apps

Sleep Cycle Sleep Tracker

January 6, 2021
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Description

Sleep Cycle accurately tracks the user’s bedtime and wake time. It presents sleep-lifestyle correlations in a user friendly way and can even detect and show trends and connections between lifestyle factors and sleep.

 

Overview

Sleep Cycle is a free App for both Android and iOS. It’s designed to run on the user’s phone under their pillow as they sleep. It can even detect snoring. It uses either the phone’s microphone or its accelerometer to track the user’s movements. If the user keeps their phone beside them as they sleep, it will analyze the data to report on their night’s rest including whether or not they were snoring. It will also wake the user gently when it detects a light sleep phase close to the alarm time and gives a choice of two snooze modes. This app is intuitive to set up and is good for people who want to see sleep patterns and how they correlate with diet and exercise. Sleep Cycle relies on a sound-sensing technology to assess the user’s sleep, using the microphone to detect the sounds during movement. Because its analysis doesn’t depend on sound waves reflecting off the user’s chest, the user doesn’t have to be as exact with their phone placement as with other apps. As long as the phone is reasonably close to the user, the app should be able to track their sleep accurately.

 

Pros

The app presents sleep-lifestyle correlations in a user friendly way and can even detect and portray trends and connections between lifestyle factors and sleep. Sleep Cycle allows the user to see how their data correlates with a wide variety of lifestyle habits and how it compares with that of others all over the world.

 

Cons

The app shows sleep trends rather than offering specific information about how the user actually slept. In addition, the app needs to run overnight in order to function; this can cause battery drain. Because a time window is set by the user during which the app can wake the user up, the result can be fewer hours of sleep as the alarm can go off anytime within this window. The app doesn’t offer custom advice and tracks less data than some other apps. Many of the features in the “Journal” and “Statistics” sections are only available with the premium version of the app.

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