I’ve been browsing the App Store on my iPhone last week when I noticed The Sleep Cycle application. It had a high rating and good reviews and given my current state of sleep deprivation I decided to give it a shot.
My problem is not waking up when I hear the alarm. My problem is that I cannot get out of bed. I’d would have more than one alarm clock ringing, some of them would require me to get out of bed so I’d shut them off but then I’d stumble back into bed and use the snooze, over and over. I tried sleeping earlier, sometimes I go to bed at 11, once I even went to bed at 9, yet I still couldn’t wake up.
Sleep Cycle app uses something called the “accelerometer” in the iPhone to determine what phase of sleep you are in and when the time comes to wake up, it will choose the moment to wake you up when you are not in a deep sleep phase. You will have to connect the iPhone to the charger and place it right beside the pillow securely for it to work but so far I’ve been using it since last week and it made a big difference to me. I finally can wake up in a range of time that is acceptable and I don’t even use the snooze button. I’ve used it once only and woke up on my own in the middle of the snooze period so that doesn’t really count.
The picture above is my sleep cycle for last night. I seem to oscillate between phases quite rapidly through the night. After five days of using the app it gathers enough data to create sleep graphs for you. One of which is this quality of sleep graph.
The quality of sleep graph, which surprisingly doesn’t even reach 80% on my best night’s sleep. Maybe that’s why I feel so tired all the time? I sleep on time, I sleep soundly, I woke up fine, yet its less than 80%? Interesting.
Average sleep quality is 56% and average sleep time is 6:21 hours. Doesn’t sound that good but I never knew or noticed that before. I’ve always struggled with my sleep. I’ve had a period of time when I couldn’t sleep at all in the past few years then I found out if I stop drinking coffee after 12 PM I’d be able to fall asleep at a decent hour. Apparently this is not enough for I need to work a little bit harder on my sleep. Hopefully the quality of sleep will go up by next week.
The Sleep Cycle app is indeed brilliant. One of the best apps I’ve used in a long time on my iPhone. I would highly recommend it if, like me, you have trouble waking up on time and use more than one alarm clock to wake you up yet you don’t. For more information you can check their website (link) which is where I took the picture in the very first part of the post from by the way. You can also purchase it from the app store (link).