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Tracking Sleep with an App?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM

In an effort to get better sleep, I was contemplating downloading an app for my android smart phone to track my sleep. I'm wondering if and which apps are most useful? I was looking at "Sleep like an Android". I generally follow the rule of no electronics in the bed room except my wife is OCD and can't sleep without her iPhone on her night stand. Is it worth breaking this rule for me?

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on December 01, 2012
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I also use the Fitbit to track my sleep. It's not an app but I really like being able to analyze my sleep patterns, deep sleep vs light sleep etc, alongside the pedometer and activity tracking

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on December 01, 2012
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I've used Zeo for Android for the last seven months. I really like having quantifiable data to make sense of how I feel after I slept. Though I only used it more toward the beginning, their website has some pretty good tools to visualize the data and to track variables and their effect on your sleep (such as caffeine, alcohol, times you woke for the bathroom, etc). The headband is comfortable, so no worries there.

The one complaint I had was that the SmartWake alarm feature never worked for me. Because Zeo has an open API for the Android version I actually wrote my own implementation: http://projects.stephenklancher.com/project/id/85/Zeo_Sleep_Monitor

Aside from monitoring these are the things that I've done personally to get better sleep:

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on December 01, 2012
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I've been using a Fitbit to track my sleep patterns for the last month or so. The results have been quite revealing; I'm getting less sleep than I thought and I wake frequently during the night. The biggest effect on how rested I feel appears to be waking during either light or REM sleep -- getting woken by the alarm when I'm deeply asleep makes me feel very tired for the whole day. The Fitbit doesn't provide a way of waking you up based on which sleep cycle you're in so I'm considering some other device such as the Zeo (but my wife will probably have hysterics at the headband!).

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on December 01, 2012
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I also use the Fitbit to track my sleep. It's not an app but I really like being able to analyze my sleep patterns, deep sleep vs light sleep etc, alongside the pedometer and activity tracking

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