Sleep Cycle alarm clock ($0.99)
By Northcube AB
Non c’est une livre. Plano Teens Connect is branching out to include all manner of fun things that we enjoy day to day in addition to books, and I’m taking a plunge into the deep end with this Sleep Cycle alarm clock by Northcube AB.
If there was anything I wanted in school (in life, really), it was restful nights of sleep. This is not the magic app you’ve been waiting for to discreetly help you get off of Tumblr or Pinterest at 3 AM. It does, however, help you avoid waking up in the middle of REM sleep.
I have not woken up groggy or drowsy since I started using this app, and I don’t go to bed without it anymore. I normally avoid all apps that come with a price, but this has been worth it! So if you find yourself frustrated and rolling out of bed in the morning still feeling sleepy, I really would give this a try.
The one strange bit has been not knowing precisely when I’ll wake up. You plug in when you need to be awake by (e.g. 7:30 AM), but then Sleep Cycle will use the 20 min period leading up to your wake-up time (e.g. 7:10-7:30 AM) to monitor your sleep cycle and wake you at the most opportune moment.
Besides the obvious purpose, I also wanted to highlight this app here because I think it could make for a really excellent science project. There can’t be enough said about the importance of sleep, and the impact poor sleeping habits have on growth, development, and performance. Not to mention you could justify napping as school work! The app helpfully stores and graphs your data for you, and if you go the extra mile of entering additional information (e.g. exercising during the day, drinking coffee before bed), it will even tell you how these activities affect your sleeping quality.
My only bit of advice if you do choose to try this is to turn your phone on airplane mode at night. Even if you’re not scared of having a wireless device so close to your brain for an extended period of time (like I am), having the phone ring in the middle of the night definitely defeats the purpose.
Reviewed by: Seti (Haggard Library)