Sleep is very important for one and all. Lack of sleep is the main cause of illnesses and accidents. The body needs time to recover. If you have a sound sleep you will feel rejuvenated and ready for the day ahead. If you do not have a sound sleep you will feel lethargic and work will be a pain. You will unnecessarily shout at co-workers or you many feel depressed all day. Even your muscles recover after exercise only with proper sleep. Hence, enhancing sleep quality is very important and to do that we need to keep track of your sleep patterns.
Yes, we confess – there is a bit of a Catch-22 situation here. When you read through information on enhancing sleep quality, one of the entries on the To Do list will be ‘switch off your smartphone’ at least an hour or so before bedtime. Equally importantly, the list may also carry sleep apps that work to enhance your sleep time.
So which is the right path to better sleep? Switching off your phone or using an app? Thankfully, the two are not mutually exclusive. So all you have to do is find the best sleep tracking apps and let them run non-intrusively in the background on your smartphone.
How should you find an app?
The best thing you can do is read online reviews and descriptions of how an app works. There are apps for Android and apps for iOS so you are sure to find something for your phone. Look for features such as:
- Tracking sleep duration.
- Dream analysis.
- Logs for the activity.
- Different alarms to wake you up gently.
- Ambient noise machine and so on.
Try it out
Even the most highly rated apps need to be personalized for you. So do not go by star rating alone. Once you have read the features and reviewed the comments made by users, you must try on an app for size. If possible, try it out for at least 3-4 nights. You can then check out features such as ease of use and comprehensiveness of functions too. For instance, an app may give you the ability to track the effect of lunar phases on your sleep.
Sounds of branches rustling in the breeze or even waves gently lapping on the seashore or maybe you prefer the chirp of cicadas? Whatever be your ‘calming music’ sleep apps will have them all. Some apps also give you white noise which is said to induce sleep.
You can also look for customizable options such as specific instrumental music and so on. It would also be useful to check out the alarm sounds on the app. Some apps offer different sounds every day so you do not get complacent about a specific sound!
Intelligent alarm feature
Sleep tracking apps should also offer unique features. One feature is an intelligent or smart alarm clock which will awaken you during the lightest phase of your sleep. This is great because you will not wake up groggy and wanting to go back to bed for some more sleep. You would have had your full quota of sleep and then woken up refreshed and ready for a day of work.
Sleep apps are great use of sleep tech. With apps you get the power to analyze your sleep logs and see how you have slept over a week or over a month. With complete records of what you have eaten, drunk and the relationship with quality of sleep for that day, you will also be able to make dietary and lifestyle changes – all of which simply means better sleep through sleep tech.