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9 Best Sleep Tracker Apps To Help You Get Adequate Sleep

9 Best Sleep Tracker Apps To Help You Get Adequate Sleep

A good night’s sleep is hard to come by these days. A lot of people are suffering from sleep loss, insomnia and poor quality of sleep. The reasons vary including unhealthy lifestyle, work pressure or personal issues.

However, the good part here is that, technology can help you monitor sleep and ultimately work towards getting you 7 to 9 hours of peaceful rest.

I have read through plenty of research, tested apps myself and have finally compiled the list of following 9 sleep tracker apps will aid you to lead a better lifestyle and boost productivity.

1. Sleep Cycle

    The bestseller, and for a reason. This extremely useful app is intuitive and gives away a lot of important information.

    This sleep tracking app records sleep quality plus the average time you are spending in your bed. It gives you a detailed analysis of your hours — When are you in deep asleep? When is your lightest sleep phase? When are you waking up on an average? It collates the data and further pins down your weekly and monthly sleep patterns. 

    The developers keep on adding functionalities to enhance user experience. The latest being the ability to detect snoring. The app has got its own patent on sleep tracking technology and has been featured on some major health and lifestyle publications.

    Download the app here!

    2. Sleep Score

      The app and its underlying technology are well researched and based on scientific methods. The makers claim that they have undergone years of research and have reviewed multiple sleep patterns to make the app close to perfect. They have devised a proprietary “sleep score” based on six sleeping parameters and give personalized recommendations to improve your sleep.

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      The app is advanced enough to understand if there are 2 or more people sleeping on the bed and makes sure that the tracking is correct. You don’t have to wear accessories under your bed for the app to analyze your sleep patterns.

      Another unique feature about Sleep Score is that it sells accessories that can further analyze lights and sounds of the room to better analyze your sleep patterns. Trust this app to give you a scientific and structured data to help you track, monitor and ultimately sleep better.

      Download the app here!

      3. Sleep Tracker 24/7

        The developers claim that it is a sleep optimization app. The application does all the basic things that all the other sleep tracking apps do. For example monitor when you are asleep, when you are waking up, body motions etc.

        However, it does pack a few USPs. It measures your heart rate to check your sleep quality. The app provides an option wherein you can set an alarm when your sleep quality lowers so that you wake up when you are completely rested.

        If this was not all, the app can also be used to account for naps and power naps. The data of all this can be integrated together to give you a wholesome analysis of your sleeping behavior.

        If you are looking for an application that can give you a holistic approach to your sleeping patterns MotionX 24/7 is a recommendation.

        Download the app here!

        4. Sleep Bot

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          It is a bot that helps you sleep better. It has garnered some good reviews from existing user base. It has a reliable sleep tracking technology built in and a smart alarm that helps you wake up in the morning in your lightest sleep phase. The app also has some relaxing and ambient music that helps you sleep better.

          The alarm feature is one that sets this app apart from others. AI is embedded into the alarm which helps it to learn user behavior, patterns and movements, and adjust alarms accordingly. The alarm plays soft music 30 minutes before the actual first alarm. There are also custom sounds that you can set based on your preference. With the app, you are assured of a Good Morning.

          Download the app here!

          5. Sleep Genius

            Endorsed by scientists from NASA, the developers claim that this is the most advanced sleep tracking app in the world. The app is made by authorities in the space of neuroscience, sleep and music to bring to you an app that not only tracks your sleeping patterns but helps your brain relax and sleep soundly.

            The app has various programs that can be customized to your preferences and daily routines. These include sleep pattern, cycle alarms, relaxation programs and power naps.

            Sleep Genius has also ventured into IoT Development and have brought out devices that help you create an ecosystem for a sound night’s sleep.

            Sleep Genius is developed by using research that helps astronauts fall asleep. Chances are that it will also benefit you and help improve your sleep quality.

            Download the app here!

            6. Pillow

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              Another app that springs from the advent of Internet of Things. It tracks, records, monitors everything that you do during your sleep (including snoring!). You don’t need to adjust any settings, set alarms or set it up. Just wear your apple watch to sleep and Pillow does its job.

              It is a good app for those who are obsessed with wearables and like to keep them close. Not only sleep, the app also monitors your heart rate and record audios during your sleep hours. This gives you a complete insight into your sleeping cycle. A beautiful visualization chart explains your patterns and helps improve sleeping quality.

              Download the app here!

              7. Sleep Tracker

                This app is for people who believe that a good sleep is how your entire day has been — what you’ve eaten, how productive you were, your moods etc.

                This app comes with Mood Diary that syncs easily to cloud. You can make entries of your mood throughout the day in the diary. You can also track calories, weight, time, to-do etc. making it a complete lifestyle app.

                It also reads out loud to you all the analysis in 8+ languages.

                Download the app here!

                8. Alarm Clock Xtreme

                  Technically an alarm clock app but it has evolved to a full fledged sleep tracking app. It is intuitive, has a beautiful UI and is being constantly upgraded.

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                  The app contains melodious alarm sounds and tricky snooze options. The alarm will snooze only when you solve a maths problem — an amazing feature for people who keep hitting the snooze button and fail to wake up.

                  The sleep tracking features are as good as any other app (although in beta stage). It also gives you a lot of manual settings which you can adjust according to your preferences.

                  If you are looking for a perfect combination of an advanced alarm clock and a basic sleep tracking app, Alarm Clock Xtreme won’t disappoint you.

                  Download the app here!

                  9. Sleep as Android

                    As the name suggested, it is exclusive to Android users. This app is on the list because it has almost 250,000 reviews on the Google Play giving it a 4.3 star.

                    The app uses advanced technologies like motion sensor and sonar to detect motions and patterns during sleep. It also comes standard with a smart alarm which won’t turn off unless you perform tasks which it shows you on screen.

                    Compatible with various smart devices like Samsung health, Google fit and Fitbit, this app is a must have if you are looking to up your overall fitness game.

                    Download the app here!

                    The Bottom Line

                    Using these apps is recommended not only to improve your sleep quality but also your overall lifestyle and health. In an era where tension is rising and sleep related disorders are common, technology, if used correctly can come to your aid.

                    Having said that, try to balance your sleep with healthy eating, workouts, minimal stress and meditation too. The worst you can do is to consider these apps as a magic wand that is an immediate cure for your sleep problems. 

                    Featured photo credit: Tamar Waskey via unsplash.com

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                    Last Updated on October 20, 2020

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                    • (1) Research
                    • (2) Deciding the topic
                    • (3) Creating the outline
                    • (4) Drafting the content
                    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                    • (6) Revision
                    • (7) etc.

                    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                    2. Change Your Environment

                    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                    6. Get a Buddy

                    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                    Reality check:

                    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                    Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                    More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                    Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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