Wake Up When You’re Most Ready To Be Woken Up. How The ‘Smart Alarm’ Revolutionized My Morning.
Every morning, my alarm wakes me up when I am most ready to be woken up.
Getting jolted awake at the exact time you set your alarm for the night before (and snoozing 25 times because you weren’t ready to be woken up) is so yesterday.
How do I do this?
There’s an app for that.
Of all of the apps I have downloaded on my phone, it’s probably the one I value the most.
The app is called Sleep Cycle and it’s a smart alarm that uses the phone’s accelerometer to identify sleep phases by tracking movements in bed.
I have been using for 349 days now – to be exact – and have been waking more peacefully than ever before.
Here’s how it works:
While you sleep, you go through a cycle of sleep phases.
The first phase is light sleep, the second is deep sleep and the third is the dream state referred to as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.
A full sleep cycle lasts around 90 minutes and is normally repeated several times throughout the night.
Your movements vary with each sleep phase and your phone (using it’s accelerometer) tracks your sleep cycles and gives you stats and feedback about how you slept the next morning.
But probably my favorite part, as I mentioned in the beginning, is that it will wake you up, not at an absolute time, but at a relative time – when you’re in a light sleep phase.
So, instead of setting your regular, old alarm for 6:30am and playing the lottery that it will wake you up when you’re in a decent state, you set your smart alarm for a 30-minute window, like 6:15 – 6:45am and it will wake you up when you’re in your lightest sleep phase during that time frame.
The stats are great, but the smart wake up was (and continues to be) the best-selling point for me.
What about snooze?
This is another great benefit to having a smart alarm.
For your regular alarm, after being abruptly woken up, you might end up snoozing way past when you really wanted to get up.
I have been a victim of, ‘the infinite snooze.’
With the smart alarm, you may only snooze until the end of your pre-determined 30-minute window.
Which means, if it wakes you up at 6:15am and you want more time before you get up, you can snooze for a full half hour.
But, if it wakes you at 6:44am – you can only snooze for 1 minute before the snooze will turn off and bring you into a conscious state of having to get up.
The problem with infinite snooze is that it’s so easy to lose track of the actual time and subconsciously sleep longer than you wanted.
With the smart alarm, when snooze turns off and the alarm is still going, you know it’s time to make moves.
This is not a paid endorsement – It’s an embrace technology moment.
By embracing the technology of today’s world, you can use little tricks like this to improve your quality of life.
…And if you’re already going to spend around one third of your life doing a task (sleeping), you might as well figure out how you might maximize the quality of it!
This app has had a significant influence on my life – my hope is that it may do the same for you.
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Got any tips/ tricks of your own? How do you maximize the quality of your sleep?
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