When you hear that people are taking their phones to bed, you assume it is because they need to constantly be contactable for their work. But this is not always the case.
With modern day’s hectic lifestyle, it seems more and more of us need help drifting off to sleep or indeed, being woken up in the morning.
Luckily, there’s an app for that. Several in fact.
I used to use an app to help me wake up called SleepCycle. You place it in the bed with you and it monitors your sleep by reacting to your movements. It then gradually wakes you up when you are in a lighter state of sleep as to not disturb your REM sleep and help you to awake feeling fresh rather than groggy.
You can specify a time period to wake you up, so say if the latest you can get up is 7am, you can set the alarm to wake you up at any point between 6.30 and 7am so that you don’t miss your train in the morning.
It also keeps graph of you sleep to show you when you were in your deepest phases as well as logging the time you went to bed and woke up, how long you slept for and the quality of your night’s rest.
I only stopped using it because having to keep my phone on charge all night while using the app, even if my phone didn’t need charging, was killing my battery life the next day. But it was nice being woken up by its alarm’s dulcet tones while I was lightly sleeping, rather than be jolted from a deep dream by my harsh-sounding alarm clock.
There are also apps to send you to sleep, such as eSleep which produces relaxing background noise to fall asleep to and Deep Sleep which gives a guided meditation with self-help expert Andrew Johnson to gently ease you into a more relaxed state before falling asleep.
Do you take your phone to bed with you?