App Product Review: The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock.

The App icon for the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. I do not own and have not personally made this image. All credit for this image should be given to JESSE FOGARTY via. http://www.jessefogarty.com/app-reviews/sleep-cycle-review/
The App icon for the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. I do not own and have not personally made this image. All credit for this image should be given to JESSE FOGARTY via. http://www.jessefogarty.com/app-reviews/sleep-cycle-review/ | Source

What is the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App?

After my curiosity regarding sleep took over me, I decided to do some in-depth research around how to sleep, as well as what are the fundamentals for a good nights rest.

Now, from what I've experienced, normal alarm clocks utilise annoying sounds or loud 'beeps' to wake a person up quickly. However, this often results in the user putting the alarm clock on snooze, or even throwing it out the window if they're in a foul mood. Therefore, it seems clear to me and the designers of the Sleep Cycle App, that having annoying, loud sounds isn't the appropriate way to wake someone up.

Due to this knowledge, the designers of the App decided to use calm and peaceful soundtracks, which slowly raise you from your state of sleep, whilst full relaxing your mind. Not only does this ensure that you won't want to fall asleep again, but they have also used science in determining when it's actually best for you to wake up!

How Does The Sleep Cycle App Work?

The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock sensors your movement during your sleep by using the iPod Touch/iPhone's accelerometer, which is conveniently built into the device. By using the information it records during your sleep, it can tell not only what phase of sleep you are currently in, but can then decide when it is best to wake you up from your sleep.

However obviously, if you need to get up around a certain time frame, you can set the alarm for the latest time you can possibly be awakened at, and then the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock will choose a time within thirty minutes before your latest time. (Based on your state of sleep.)

Also with the 'Snooze' function that the Application has, if you feel like you need an extra few minutes resting time, the App will then select durations (based on your sleep state) as to when the soothing sounds will begin again. You can also choose from 9 different sound tracks, so that you have choice as to which sound you'd like to wake up to.

A picture of the wake up screen of The Sleep Cycles App. I don't own the image and had no part in it's creation. This image can be found via. http://www.iphonealley.com/news/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock
A picture of the wake up screen of The Sleep Cycles App. I don't own the image and had no part in it's creation. This image can be found via. http://www.iphonealley.com/news/sleep-cycle-alarm-clock | Source

The Advantages of Using The Sleep Cycles App.

There are many useful features and ideas implemented into the App, which overall make it Award worthy due to it's minuscule price! Here are some of the main advantages to using this App on a night-to-night basis.

  • Wake up at a time which suits your body clock.
  • Wake up refreshed and ready to start a new day.
  • Wake up to peaceful, calming soundtracks which come free with the App.
  • Find out how your body works overnight, using the graph that the App records your sleeping data on.
  • Never worry again about having to press snooze or reaching around to find the off button.
  • Choose your own tunes to use to wake you up in the morning.
  • Perform better during the day.

The Dis-Advantages of Using The Sleep Cycles App.

Despite the many great aspects of this App, there are one or two downsides which I had experienced...

  • You have to have your iPod Touch/iPhone right next to your head when sleeping. (However, if you turn off Wifi or put the iPhone into 'Aeroplane mode' you should be okay to put it near our head.)
  • Once or twice you may not even notice that the alarm has gone off, due to the sounds being too quiet or peaceful. (If that's the case you can use the standard alarm clock noises, which are a lot louder, but for the best effect use your own tunes.)
  • If you sleep with your husband/wife, the alarm might disturb their sleeping, because it's not the correct time for them to wake up...

Is the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App Worth Buying?

Absolutely! At the price of $0.99 or £0.65 if you use pounds sterling, you should definitely buy this App for your iDevices. It's a very small amount to pay for hours of great sleep, as well as being able to finally wake up on time and refreshed. Also with the data it stores on the graph, which is accessible from the 'Statistics' menu, you can see what your body was doing during your sleep.

The only downsides to this App are that you have to have the device near to your head, and underneath a light sheet otherwise it may over-heat. Plus if you forget to turn off WiFi or turn it on to Aeroplane mode, there isn't full scientific knowledge on the full effects that can have on you over a period of time.

Although, apart from that small issue, this is a great App to have when you want to reap the full benefits of sleeping, and be able to wake up with a smile on your face... Ready to tackle a new day.

My Rating of The Sleep Cycle App!

5 stars for Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App

Great Video of a Demo of The Sleep Cycles App.

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

amazing app! I think it is worth buying!! nice share!


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States

That is interesting. I think that it would be useful for people to make sure they did get the best sleep. My son might want to use this because he is very much into sleep cycles.


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drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... Author

Ahh that's good! your son will probably know when to go to sleep and when to wake up which is vital when using this app. However, of course you can use it without knowledge of time, and still wake up refreshed! Thanks for the comment!


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anivardiashvili 4 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! thanks!


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Grace Whites 4 years ago from Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

Thank you for your useful information here. Through reading your hubs, I have gain useful information about sleep cycle alarm clock.


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Bill Akleh 4 years ago from Vancouver

Awesome. I for one hating that annoying alarm clock beeping noise. Apps like these are what make phones the great things they are these days.


Slabist 4 years ago

Fake. I've been a sleep technician for several years and I can tell you it is practically impossible to tell someone's level of sleep purely from movement. We use state of the art technology that uses up to 40 sensors to detect what stages of sleep people are in, movement DOES NOT play a part in this. You sleep stages are primarily determined by your brain activity, which in turn is detected with sensors on your scalp, tech you phone just doesn't have.


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drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... Author

Thank you for your opinion. The only major fault (despite your evidence), is that it actually does work. Just because your company uses all of this 'SUPER AMAZING HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT' that barely anyone else could afford, doesn't mean that is the only way to measure a person's sleep. I and many others have treid this product enough times on a nightly basis to know, that it does work and that it is certainly worth the $0.99.

Then again, I do agree that your sleeping patterns can be monitored through these sensors, but ll know, a lot of brain activity is usually then converted into bodily movements.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

My dog hates alarm clock beeping. He runs to the clock and starts to whin. Interesting hub. Didn't know about this app. Voted uP!


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WebsiteConfetti 4 years ago from Australia

I bought this app just yesterday so have yet had a proper time to know if it works for me. I use it on my ipad but can't bring myself to put it near my head (despite it being on aeroplane mode), so I leave is lower down the bed. I figure it measures movement, so it really shouldn't matter too much where I put it. Problem is in my case many mornings I wake up to find my cat snuck up on the bed, so I bet his movement would affect the app!


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drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... Author

Yes, unfortunately in the event that your cat was present on the same bed as you, the app would also pick up movements made by your cat. A lot of people have concerns about their phones being so close to their heads, and to some degree I do agree that it would be better if the phone could be placed lower down on the bed and get the same results. Although, if you turn off Data, Wifi and turn aeroplane mode on you should be okay to put the phone in close proximity to your head.


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John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

Hi, I've used this app off and on for a wile. I love being able to look at my sleep patterns. On mornings when I feel bad I can go back and look at the app and sure enough it shows how bad I slept. Good hub

John


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drspaniel 4 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... Author

Thanks John,

Yes this app is pretty good at monitoring your sleep patterns, even when they may not be quite as good as you'd want them to be! However, I find that when the app wakes me up, I feel refreshed and ready for the day. :)


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developformobile 4 years ago

Interesting hub, as well as the app - would certainly try it


Timothy 3 years ago

Does this app use data/internet the whole time during the night?


Val 2 years ago

I tried this ap bec I do not sleep well and I was curious. Set it up on the corner of my bed per instructions. It was far from accurate. I woke up 5 different times, rolled over to look at the clock, rolled over again to get comfortable..... and the Ap didn't register it once. According to the Ap I had a 96% efficiency and slept through the night like a baby. What a crock.


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drspaniel 2 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... Author

Funnily enough, it does state that it requires 5 days of usage in order to understand your typical sleeping patterns, and to adjust to other factors. Why not continue using it for a bit longer to see if anything changes?


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Richard Atterton 19 months ago from Manchester

This is a nice one, I am definitely trying this out.


Jack W. 5 months ago

Does it use Internet/data if it's on all night?

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