Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sleep as an Droid: weird grammar, cool app

Have you ever wondered why you woke up one morning super exhausted even though you got more sleep than usual? Ever wondered if you snore? Want an alarm that knows when you exit REM sleep so as to wake you up when it won't scare the living daylights out of you? Well maybe you should consider trying out Sleep as an Droid. Why the funny name? It's a play on words, perhaps the mixing of terms "sleep as a baby" referring to the amount of good sleep you'll get and the fact that this is an application for Android phones... hence Sleep as an Droid. Yeah... the grammar bothers me too.


Basically the app is an alarm clock with a sleep cycle tracker to wake you up in light sleep. Other features include: your sleep graph history (picture 2), sleep debt stats (picture 3), sharing your graphs/stats via FaceBook, email, or twitter, nature alarms (birds, sea, storm...) with gradual volume up, music volume down when asleep, CAPTCHA (for when you wake up but aren't quite awake), and sleep talk/snoring recording.
This app is like a swiss army knife of alarm clocks, packed full of useful features. So how does it perform? Well I took 14 days to figure out how well it does. On my first day was probably one of the best sleeps I've ever had. I slept for only 6 hours but I was able to look at the graph the app made and see that the majority of my sleep was conked out it in REM sleep. You may be wondering, "How does it know how deep of sleep your in?" It's quite an ingenious method actually.
Sleep as an Droid is able to measure the depth of your sleep by a pretty cool trick. Every Android phone comes equipped with accelerometers that measure the amount of movement it encounters. So this app instructs you to place your phone on your bed while you sleep. As you dream of sheep and robot unicorns, it measures how much you move in your sleep. Using this data it can determine how deep of sleep you are and therefore track your REM sleep cycles. Pretty cool huh?
Now this app won't guarantee a good sleep, nor will I, but what it will do is offer an insightful view into your sleep patterns. Sleep as an Droid is an awesome alarm clock app that is simple to use and has a ton of features well worth it's price. I will say this has definitely become my new alarm clock and I've been using it for almost a month now.

Pros

  • Gradual alarm volume increase makes waking up not a shock every morning (especially when it times your sleep cycle just right)
  • Sleep graphs are interesting especially when you want to know if you were tossing and turning in the night.
  • Packed with Features such as an option automatically recording audio of you snoring/sleep talking.

Cons

  • "Smart-Wake" feature is a joke. It in theory would wake you at the best time within a specified interval for an alarm, instead I have found it mostly waking me up 30 mins before I'd like to get up.
  • Constant updates are great, they come with bug fixes and some new features, however some users may be bugged by an app with a rolling development cycle.

Price - Free (14 day trial)/ 0.99


Conclusion - 5 out of 5 Space Needles

1 comment:

  1. I have 8 hours of sleep every now and then. Sometimes I feel exhausted even though I have enough hours of sleep. I think I need this app to determine my sleep pattern.

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