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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 September 18, 2020

                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                    1. Exercise Daily

                    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                    The basic nutritional advice includes:

                    • Eat unprocessed foods
                    • Eat more veggies
                    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                      5. Watch Out for Travel

                      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                      6. Start Slow

                      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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