Users download this app to their smart phones, which they then place in bed with them during sleep. Overnight, it analyzes patterns and wakes the user up during his or her lightest sleep phase, which “feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock,” according to its website.
The app helps track sleep over time so that users can better analyze their sleep patterns. It will calculate “sleep quality” using how much time the user slept and how much they moved throughout the night. The app then tracks movements using the phone’s accelerometer. It uses this data for its most important function, as an alarm clock. Users program a 30-minute when they wish to be woken and it wakes them during the lightest part of sleep in that window.
The app can function when two people are in bed, however, struggles if there is a large weight difference between the two.
Sleep Cycle is available for $0.99 in the Apple App Store, and for $1.69 in the Android Play Store.
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