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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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                    12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                    12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

                    As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

                    1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

                    I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

                    Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

                    Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

                    2. What is the purpose of meditation?

                    The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

                    It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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                    Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

                    In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

                    You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

                    This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

                    The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

                    Less Physical, More Psychological

                    Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

                    This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

                    The First Benefit of Meditation

                    The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

                    1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
                    2. Relaxation of the body

                    Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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                    Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

                    That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

                    When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

                    When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

                    Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

                    Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

                    This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

                    Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

                    Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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                    This benefit takes you to the second one.

                    The Second Benefit of Meditation

                    While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

                    1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
                    2. Observance
                    3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
                    4. Patience

                    Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

                    You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

                    This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

                    1. Energy

                    Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

                    2. Observance

                    The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

                    3. Peacefulness

                    Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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                    4. Patience

                    The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

                    The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

                    Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

                    Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

                    The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

                    • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
                    • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
                    • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
                    • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
                    • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
                    • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

                    These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

                    Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

                    Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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                    Reference

                    [1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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