If there is one thing I do not get enough of it is sleep. Or, rather, quality sleep. I’ve tried a dozen of the Mac and iPhone background music and sound apps, but all to no avail. Sleep remains a struggle. The latest to get on my list is the Sleep Cycle alarm clock which analyzes your sleep pattern to wake you up with an alarm during the lightest phase of sleep. Supposedly, that makes you feel more rested and relaxed.
The real question is, ‘Does it work?‘ The answer is both yes and no. Which means it’s about 50-50, though part of the problem is my fault. I’ll get to that issue in a moment.
As an alarm clock Sleep Cycle works fine. It comes with over a dozen alarm melodies, and can use whatever iTunes music you have as the wake up sound. Tap the iPhone or shake it slightly to get into snooze mode.
The claim to fame here is that Sleep Cycle tracks and analyzes your sleep while you sleep. How? Plug in your iPhone and slide it under the sheet under your pillow. It monitors your movements, analyzes movements, and determines when you’ve slept, and when you’re about ready to wake up.
That placement worked well for me with just one caveat.
I toss around a lot and the pillow sometimes doesn’t end up where it started.
Still, the graphing information is visually attractive if not always representative of how I slept during the night.
When it works, it’s great. The graphing can display different sleep patterns for nights where I’ve been out to a late dinner, or where I’m especially tired from a long trip.
Sleep Cycle is set to analyze sleep patterns, and wake you during a lighter sleep phase, hopefully near the time you set on the alarm.
My problem is simple. I flip and flop and toss and turn (often depending on what I ate and when, or what work is lined up the next day), so the results are sometimes inconsistent (Sleep Cycle would show me as sleeping when I know I was not).
This type of app just begs for a device that we can wear and which monitors and sends data back to the iPhone over Bluetooth.