In this tech-crazy world, there seems to be an app for just about everything you do. Organizational applications? Check. Fitness tracker? Got it. Mindfulness assistants? Plenty of apps will help you connect to more than just your Facebook friends. Every waking moment of your life seems to be tied to some application on your smart phone or device, and now the sleeping moments are, too.
Before you plead for a moment of rest untethered to technology, there are many benefits of sleep trackers you may want to consider. You don’t need to be glued to your cell phone, after all, to gain insight into the trends around the length and quality of your sleep. Useful data can help you see where your habits need to shift and where you struggle to find rest.
A good night’s sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and although we often aim to get a full night of rest, life doesn’t always go according to plan.
Many applications can help you make senses of your sleep cycles, and they often come along with additional features such as “smart” alarms and white noise to help lull you to sleep. Many of these offer tips and insights that will help you build and stick to a healthy sleep schedule.
These are a few of the most popular:
- Sleepbot, free on iOS and Android
- MotionX 24/7, $0.99 on iOS
- Sleep Cycle, $0.99 on iOS and Android
- Smart Alarm Clock, $1.99 on iOS and Android
- Sleep Time+, $1.99 on iOS and Android
If you feel like you are overwhelmed with the number of apps that you are connected to day and night, there is plenty of room to simplify. Minimize the amount of screen time you have during the day and cut back on non-essentials. And just because you are tracking your sleep patterns, that doesn’t mean you need to check in every single day. Looking for trends or specific instances of poor sleep will ideally give you the information you need to build healthy habits and better sleep patterns to benefit you in the long run.