Sleep as Android: HOW do YOU sleep?
Have you ever wondered why you would still feel utterly exhausted, despite having had your eight hours of beauty sleep the night before? Scientists never fail to emphasize the importance of sleep as a lack thereof can impair mental processing and, in worst case, kill you (e.g. drivers or operators of heavy machines) (American Sleep Apnea Association, 2014). However, not only is the number of hours spent in bed important, the quality of those hours of sleep is crucial. To properly function as human beings, we require uninterrupted stages of deep sleep and REM sleep. However, if our alarm clock goes off in the middle of a deep sleep phase, it will negatively impact the rest of the day and we will continue to feel fatigued (Smith, Robinson and Segal, 2014). Hence, it is important to know HOW we sleep, in order to know WHEN to wake us up. This is exactly what the app Sleep as Android can do for you.
By simply placing your phone on your bed, you can keep track of your sleeping habits and even records noises (e.g. snoring or sleep talking). Based on your sleeping pattern, it finds the optimal moment to wake you up without turning you into a wreck for the rest of the day. After every night, you can access your sleep statistics to see how you slept. Moreover, it also keeps track on your sleep deficit and notifies you when it is time to go to bed. To help you falling asleep easier, you can even play some lullabies with nature sounds. As for those of you, who have the impressive ability to simply ignore alarms and continue with your sleep uninterrupted, it also offers help. If you choose this option, oversleeping will no longer be an issue as users have to solve CATCHAs before the alarm can be dismissed (Google, 2014).
As for my own experience, so far I have been using this app since three days. On day one, I did not turn on the sleep tracking function because I could not find the button to turn it on in my sleep-deprived state and I thought pushing the sleep tracking button on the manual would activate it (did not work…). However, on day two I became wiser and finally found it as it is located at the very bottom of the screen. After day three, I checked my sleep statistics and listened to the noise recordings, which did not record much besides my coughing (I caught a cold) and the flapping noise of my blanket when I turned around during sleep.
So far, I am impressed by the sleep statistics, even though I am not sure how accurate the results are. The experiment continues and I will try to place the phone closer to me when I sleep the next time to see whether the results will change.
You can try this app with all functions 14 days for free. The full version is available for €3.29.
Do you have experience with sleep cycle tracking apps? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
American Sleep Apnea Association, 2014. Healthy Sleep. [online] Washington, DC: American Sleep Apnea Association. Available at: <http://www.sleepapnea.org/learn/healthy-sleep.html> [Accessed 27 September 2014].
Google, 2014. Sleep as Android. [online] Mount View, CA: Google Inc. Available at: <https://sites.google.com/site/sleepasandroid/features> [Accessed 27 September 2014].
Smith, M., Robinson, L. and Segal, R., 2014. How Much Sleep Do You Need? – Sleep Cycles & Staged, Lack of Sleep, and How to Get the Hours You Need. [online] Santa Monica, CA: Helpguide.org. Available at: <http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm> [Accessed 27 September 2014].