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Sleep Apps: Do They Even Work?

Sleep Apps: Do They Even Work?

Category: Sleep Talk
Posted: Nov 2, 2015 10:04
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Synopsis:

There’s an app for everything nowadays; cooking, cleaning, heating, travelling and even one where you can meet up for cuddles - but when it comes to sleeping, there seems to be a horde of apps out there that claim to analyse your sleep.



There’s an app for everything nowadays; cooking, cleaning, heating, travelling and even one where you can meet up for cuddles - but when it comes to sleeping, there seems to be a horde of apps out there that claim to analyse your sleep.

 

The idea is that if you analyse your sleep you’ll be able to:

 

●      Find out when your sleep is being disturbed and why

●      Find out how much you’re moving about throughout the night and why

 

Sleep experts across the UK are currently raving about Sleepbot - the easy to use, sleep analytics tool. Here at Bedstar we’re a bit sceptical about apps that claim too much, so we thought we’d give it a shot - you know, like human experimentation, but a little safer.

 

For this arduous task we’ve listed the help of leading bed expert Greg Oaked, self-proclaimed technophobe. Greg begrudgingly decided to give the app a two-week stint.

 

Here’s Greg’s review, enjoy:

 

Sleepbot

 

Sleepbot was released in 2005 and is advertised as a highly accurate and easy to use application. Whilst most of the kids on the block know how to use their phones with one hand, I’m very much part of the generation that still squints at the screen whilst typing with my index finger.

 

Personally, I only use my phone for what it was designed to do, talking. Texting is too much of a chore and this thing called Facebook… not a clue. So when I was told to review a sleeping application, my wife packed my bag and I asked for the hospital address.

 

When I found out I would be reviewing the application from my phone I nearly fainted.

 

After calling my daughter up from Manchester, we got together and installed the application - and by we, I mean she did.

 

Once that was installed, on my way to analysing my sleep, from my very own bed. It was like my very own doctor, except he slept next to me and monitored everything I did.

 

The creepy phone doctor claims to do three things:

 

●      You can track your sleep with the mobile app

●      You have the ability to set alarms and create auto-settings for easy use

●      The option to share your insomnia with your friends online, fantastic!

 

Before Bed

 

For normal, tech-savvy individuals, setting Sleepbot up is pretty easy:

 

1.     Plug in your phone (these apps drain the battery extremely quick, not that I care)

2.     Choose one or all of the features - Motion Tracker, Smart Alarm or the Sound Recorder

3.     Place the phone face down on your bed (the easiest bit)

4.     Go to sleep (actually, this bit is easier)

 

There’s not much more to say other than I fell asleep and woke up in the morning. The app itself caused me no disturbances, which is handy, for a sleeping app.

 

The Results

 

My initial study took place over two weeks. This was so I could get a good overview of what Sleepbot could analyse over a period of time. Possibly the most annoying time of my wife, worse than being married.

 

All my results, apart from the occasional night or two, of look like the one below. My nights went undisturbed, with only a minimal amount of disturbance between 4 am and 6 pm. I put the spike on this graph down to my dog jumping on my bed. My dog and science do not mix.

sleepbot-screenshot.jpeg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the screenshot (another bit of my daughters witchcraft) you can see that it monitors how long you’ve been sleeping for - this is user controlled, so don’t forget to switch it off - and how noisy the room is at night. From the graph, you can see that from around the time I was disturbed there was a large spike in noise - which, unfortunately, would have been my dog scratching at the door.

 

Overall

 

Whilst Sleepbot doesn’t claim to be the magical fix-all solution to insomnia, this app will help will you monitor your sleep, allowing you to see what times you’re waking up and why. The easy to use interface and the clear graphics result in a sleek, modern smart-phone app, whatever one of those is. If you’re looking to improve your sleep over time, then Sleepbot will be a trusty companion - just a little bit weird!


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