App of the Week: Sleep Cycle

By Dr. Shannon VanHorn, Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development

We are entering the last three weeks of classes, with finals after that.  While many of you will be spending late nights studying and working on projects, it is also important to get a good night’s sleep each night.

Sleep Cycle will help you achieve this goal.

Sleep Cycle, created by the Swedish company Northcube, is an app that monitors your sleep cyles, waking you up gently in the morning at the most optimal time to help reduce that “I’m exhausted” feeling when you have to get up.

Using the accelerometer in your iPhone, the app monitors your movement to determine which sleep cycle you are experiencing, awaking you in the lightest part of your cycle (within 30 minutes of when you set your alarm.  It also provides graphs and statistics of your sleep cycles the night before.

Still want 10 more minutes of sleep? No problem! By tapping your phone, it works as a sleep button.

You also have the choice of several sounds in which to wake you.

This app is available for both iOS and android platforms, although there is also a Power Nap app that are available for just iOS platforms. Power Nap (also $1.99) allows you to take power naps in the afternoon without drifting into a deep sleep, yet leaving you refreshed an awake.

While both of these apps cost $1.99 a year to access they are worth it to get a good night’s sleep!

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