Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

My friends know that I’m adamant about getting a good nights rest every night. If I know I’m not going to sleep more than 8 hours, I absolutely try to take naps throughout the day. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock was recommended to me by a friend of mine. She was wondering how alcohol really affected her and used the app to see why she would wake up in a shitty mood every time she was drunk.

Sleep Cycle uses the Iphone’s accelerometer to sense movements when placed on your mattress. When you sleep, the app can determine what stage of sleep you are in based on movements. The more motion you have when you are asleep suggests being awake or in a light stage of sleep. Deep sleep usually involved limited movement. REM sleep which in synonymous with dreaming involves limited if any movement. I was quite interested to see what the graphs showed about my sleep habits.  The app tries to wake you up within a thirty minute interval of your alarm time, at the proposed lightest stage of sleep.

I’m not sure how accurate the app would be with two people on a bed or on a really expensive, Tempur-Pedic mattress.  Other than that, I think it’s pretty clever what the creators did here.  There are a lot of gadgets that already do this but can cost around $100 or more. For 99₵, the app is pretty awesome. Below you can see some of my sleep charts. I actually noted how my sleep was on these nights.


Even though I slept fairly late and only had 6 hours of sleep, I felt great. I guess this might of been because most of the night I was in a deep sleep with limited movement. I definitely dreamt some weird stuff this night.


Slept late again but I had a really shitty morning. Maybe because I woken up from a state of deep sleep?


Even though I set my alarm, I was definitely playing with my Ipad for a good half hour before I really slept. The sleep app definitely could tell I was awake moving around.

I still really want to the charts of me on prescription medication, or after being really hammered :).



Score: 8