Enough has been said about the importance of an unperturbed sleep cycle and the direct impact it has on overall health and wellness. Smartphone makers are increasingly dedicating resources to develop health and fitness apps. These apps have become almost indispensable in the lives of smartphone users.
Sleep Cycle is one such amazingly helpful app that will now be available in Apple’s to-be released wearable device -the Apple Smartwatch expected to go into production in 2015. The Sleep Cycle app is developed by leading Sweden-based game and application software developer Northcube.
The theory behind a good night’s sleep:
Haven’t we all wondered why some mornings we wake up all groggy and end up spending the whole day in a crappy mood? The app explains that it happens because you probably woke up during the wrong part of your sleep cycle. Every person goes through a series of sleep phases as we fall asleep and drift into deeper slumber. The stages include light sleep, deep sleep, dream phase also known as REM or Rapid Eye Movement stage. To be well-rested you need to wake-up at the right phase of sleep and that’s definitely not the deepest sleep stage.
How it works?
Sleep Cycle works using the in-built accelerometer present in the smartphone as a movement sensor and it senses minute movements on the bed as you sleep to guess whether you’re awake, sleeping or dreaming. This way, the app co-ordinates with the wake-up alarm time set by you and wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase – making it more easier to awaken without all that crankiness.
How to use the app?
On activation, the app will go for a placement test to identify the best position to place the device in for accurate readings. Place it accordingly and the app will begin monitoring the movements. Apple’s smartwatch battery will purportedly last up to 8 to 12 hours which means it may have to be charged every night for use the next day. This brings up the question whether it will be able to run the Sleep Cycle app. Well the answer is yes, we can. With the Sleep Cycle app, one can use the smartwatch to monitor the sleep pattern without having to wear it on the wrist. Just put the device in Airplane Mode, plug in the charger and turn on the app. Users who have tried the app on their smartphone will know how the app requires that the phone be placed on the bed just under the sheets. The Apple watch can also be in the same way.
Programmer Maciek Drejak who developed the software says it is inspired by bio-alarm technology that usually costs a fortune. He says that with this app, he wanted to design an app that would offer the same functionality at a very low cost.
Sleep Cycle is expected to soon be integrated with Apple’s Healthkit – a hub for all iOS health and fitness apps.
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