iPhone App Video Review: Sleep Cycle

Nov 4, 2010
Tech

We all cherish sleep and thanks to its necessity, we spend a lot of time doing it. Mobile phones have made it really simple to replace our regular alarm clock but they really haven’t pushed the boundaries of how they can help us… until now. Sleep Cycle is an app that makes plenty of large […]

We all cherish sleep and thanks to its necessity, we spend a lot of time doing it. Mobile phones have made it really simple to replace our regular alarm clock but they really haven’t pushed the boundaries of how they can help us… until now. Sleep Cycle is an app that makes plenty of large claims about what it is able to accomplish.

The app states it is able to track your sleeping habits and wake you up at the ideal time so you feel refreshed. Curious, I had to try it out. I’ve been using it for about a week now and I have a few insights.

The app uses your phone’s accelerometer to track movement as you sleep. It then graphs that movement for you and if you have set an alarm, it will determine an ideal time to quietly wake you. While I can say that the graphs were extremely interesting (you’ll notice I haven’t been getting much sleep thanks to a bad cold and cough), I never did find that the app woke me up feeling refreshed.

Overall, It makes for some interesting insights into your sleeping habits but I still feel that it is more of a gimmick when it comes to making sure you get the ideal amount of sleep. That you’re going to have to do on your own.

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Erik Fikkert

With a heart for technology and its synergy with daily life, Erik has been involved in many different areas of media. He has composed music for film, designed branding for local companies and currently enjoys spending his days playing with iPhone apps and keeping up with the latest tech news.

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