According to statistics, about 7 in 10 adults track at least one of the indicators of health, such as sleep. The half of these people control their health simply by keeping track in their heads, and the other half of this group use technology for this. By technology, we mean using a computer, tablet, and various applications for mobile phones and tracking devices.
How can sleep apps help you get a good night’s sleep? All modern smartphones include devices called ‘accelerometers’, which measure movement. They are used to detect the phone’s orientation to switch the screen between ‘portrait’ and ‘landscape’ modes.
Sleep apps have the same technology to track your movement throughout the night, gathering information about how long you slept and how many times you woke up.
Some sleep apps also have a ‘smart alarm’. This smart alarm is intended to wake you up within a window of lighter sleep, in order to minimize sleep inertia, the period after waking in which you may feel groggy and disoriented as you transition into wakefulness.
Also, you’ve probably heard about wearable devices with sleep tracking. These devices are usually worn on the wrist or attached to clothing, and also synchronized with mobile and / or web applications that allow you to view data collected by these devices.
Most of these wearable devices use accelerometers to track movement. What’s more, some of them have additional technology to track factors such as temperature, heart rate and skin conductance (galvanic skin response).
Should you use sleep apps? We believe that yes. Why not? Such apps and wearable devices will definitely not harm you and your health. On the contrary, you will notice significant changes for the better after some time. With the help of a mobile app, it will be easier for you to stick to sleep hygiene, you will go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Believe us, modern technology will do everything possible so that you wake up on time in the morning to work!