by guest blogger Rachel Button, NYC Showroom Manager
I found this app for my smart phone called Sleep Cycle which tracks your sleep pattern, awake, deep sleep and light sleep. I have tracked my sleep results for 1 week and thought it would be interesting and fun to share my results!
Before the alarm is set and the phone gets placed face down on your mattress, you click all that apply to the following list
- Drank coffee
- Ate late
- Stressful day
- Drank tea
- Worked out
The Sleep Cycle app tracks your awake, light sleep, and deep sleep patterns via a flow chart. This gives you all the statistics for that night as well as the last 10 days. You can also get results for the last 3 months or even since you started using the app. Quite remarkable!
As you can see from the above charts, my sleep quality is about 74% and I sleep an average of 7 hours a night. Overall, this seems pretty good.
My best night, according to the app, my sleep quality was 100% and I slept 8.49 hours. Eating late and drinking coffee don't seem to impact my sleep cycle; however, I never drink coffee after 4pm.
Sleep is so important. When I get up and my sleep quality is 60% or below, I know it is going to be a struggle to get through the day. I have always considered myself to be a "good sleeper", but there are inevitably days I wake up more refreshed than others.
Since I now have the ability to look back over a week or even a month and see the time I go to bed, how my day was, etc; I can deduce what directly impacts my sleep cycle and make appropriate choices going forward to always get my best night's sleep.
What's the best part?
With this app, you set the alarm directly within the app itself. The app is concurrently tracking when you are at your most awake state, and the alarm goes off within a half hour of when you set it- but when you are in your most awake state. This makes getting up much easier, and better for you!
I have been amazed how few times I have hit the snooze button since using this app. I have always been a few-snoozes type of person.
Of course you can turn the alarm off altogether if you want to sleep until you wake naturally, which is always good to do every now and again!