Sleep As An Droid For Android

Waking up to a blaring alarm is just torture. Most of the times I'm groggy until coffee hits or angry because my lovely dream was interrupted. Sleep as an Droid is different, it wakes you up nicely.

What is it?

Sleep as an Droid, $1.02, Android It's a smarter, more considerate alarm clock. It's smarter because the app can track your sleep cycle and patterns: when you're in light sleep, when you're in deep sleep and so on. It's more considerate because the idea is to wake you up gently, with a soft ascending alarm, when you're in a period of "light sleep". That way you're happier and have more energy to start the day.

Who's it good for?

People who are groggy, grumpy or just can't get up in the morning. People who love the snooze button. Even people who just like seeing stats about themselves.

Why's it better than alternatives?

Alarm clocks could give two quips about how you feel when you wake up. You set a time, they blare. That's it. Sleep as an Droid does so much more. Not only is it nice to see your sleep habits plotted on a graph, it's actually really useful! The app learns about your sleep needs and will begin to discover your "ideal sleep range", it even notifies you the night before when it's the perfect time to sleep (according to that range). The more you use it, the more it'll know.

Most importantly, it's also a helluva lot easier to wake up during "light sleep" than deep REM sleep. So you can spend more time awake doing things instead of being half-asleep. Everyone is healthy and happy!

How could it be even better?

It'd be nice to comment on the night's rest a little later in the day and not always immediately right after (I'm always too groggy). Also, it'd be super cool if the app knew when you were checking your phone in the middle of the night and not really moving around that much. Oh! More awesome alarm tones too.

Sleep as an Droid, Android [ Android Market]

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    Um, ok. But how exactly does it do this?


      That's exactly what I want to know

      It uses the accelerometers in the phone to monitor how much the mattress moves. The phone obviously has to be resting on the mattress, and it loses some accuracy if you are sharing a bed... I found Sleep Cycle on the iPhone to do a pretty good job tho - I'll be getting this one too.

    Sounds like Sleep Cycle from the iOS app store. It's been the one thing I really missed from my old iPhone. Now I can use it again...

    On another note... It seems to be free in the Android Market right now.

      Micha, that's for the trial version. Gives you 2 weeks free use to test it out.

      As I posted on LifeHacker, theres a few thing about the whole “tracking your movements to identify the best time to wake you up” thing, theres a few things which I’m curious about.

      Firstly, where the hell are you supposed to put it? Under the pillow? Not exactly a prime position as I charge my phone at night.

      I sleep in the same bed as my spouse. Does that mean my alarm is going to go off because she rolled over on her side of the bed?

      Plus I presume this app is going to require me to “check in” when I go to bed and wake up each morning as some other sleep trackers have.

    Hehe I've had a similar app for Maemo running on my N900 now for awhile now. Free aswell! Also have Sleep Cycle on the iPhone. The Maemo app is a bit more accurate.

    All Android needs is an Instagram-like app and I'd gladly ditch the iPhone!

    that's a great idea... is there an app like that for iPhone?

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