Track Your Sleeping Habits with ‘Sleep As An Droid’

While I can say the name of the app is catchy (but not grammatically correct for that matter), I can’t say Sleep As An Droid is just an alarm clock. This new Android app is a supercharged alarm clock on several doses of steroids. By setting your phone on your mattress while you sleep, the app can track your movements throughout the night and get a sense of what your sleep cycles are like. Based on this data, it can tell when you’re in a deep or light sleep.

Besides being able to see your sleeping habits on nifty graphs, the whole goal behind the app is to wake you up in the morning as non-intrusively as possible. To accomplish this, the alarm first goes off quietly and slowly gets louder and louder until you eventually hear it and wake up. It will also attempt to wake you up when you’re in a light sleep state, rather than when you’re in deep sleep (which is obviously a horrible time to get woken up by an alarm). If the app sees that you’re in a light sleep around 10 minutes before the alarm is supposed to go off, it will wake you up then rather than later when you might enter a deep sleep.

One thing that sets Sleep As An Droid apart from other alarm clock apps is the ability to improve its effectiveness by actually learning about your sleeping habits and needs over time. The more you use it, the more accurate it becomes.

Now, there’s a big downside to the app (but one that makes perfect sense). It simply won’t work well if you’re sharing a bed with a significant other or if you have pets that like to jump on the bed in the middle of the night.  These disturbances will give the app inaccurate readings.

Sleep As An Droid is currently priced at $1.35 for the complete “unlocked” version, but you can try it out for free for 14 days before committing. This will give you more than enough time to surf through all the options (believe me, there are a lot) and see how well the app works for you.

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