We recently discovered an interesting cell phone application designed to help you wake up when you are in the lightest phase of sleep, leaving you feeling more rested and more like you woke up on your own. When your loud, annoying alarm clock wakes you up in the middle of a deep sleep phase, the idea of getting up and facing the day can be almost unbearable. You drag yourself out of bed and spend the rest of the day feeling like a zombie. On the other hand, when you wake up from light sleep, you feel energized, rested, and ready to go, even if you haven’t had a full eight hours of sleep. The difference between having a good day and having a sluggish, difficult one could be the few minutes between when you woke up and when you should have woke up.
Sleep Cycle addresses this universal problem. According to the application’s website, this is how it works:
“During the night you go from light sleep to deep sleep, occasionally entering into a dream state, which is called REM-sleep. These are things that your normal alarm clock does not care about, and will go off at the set time regardless of whether you are in a light sleep phase or in the deepest sleep. However, since you move differently in bed during the different phases, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock is able to use the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in. Sleep Cycle then uses a 30-minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.”
In addition to monitoring your circadian rhythms, it helps to have a high-quality mattress, if you want to have high-quality sleep. For the best selection of mattresses in Victoria, visit Mattress Choice. Better Sleep. Better Dreams.
You can read more about the Sleep Cycle app here: http://simmonsmattressgallery.ca/mattress-blog/2011/09/the-sleep-cycle-app/