Sometimes no matter how hard we try, our nightly sleep just doesn’t seem to relieve those annoying undereye circles or accumulated exhaustion. It might be because your sleep cycle is actually less than adequate.
But how do you check if your sleep cycle is doing what it should be if you’re, well, not awake to check? It’s not impossible or as expensive as you might think.
One way to forego the use of expensive sleep monitoring systems is to try SleepScore, a free app that promises to “understand, track and improve your sleep so that you can perform, look and feel better.”
You might be wondering how an app on your phone can accurately determine your sleeping patterns without being invasive to your night’s rest. With specific algorithms and information that goes beyond telling you when you woke up last night, SleepScore makes sleep an educational experience - after the fact, of course.
After downloading the app, simply place your phone on your bedside table before you start to drift off for the night.
As you start to sleep, SleepScore will monitor your breathing and sleep patterns by utilizing your phone’s microphone and speaker features. The app gathers these sonar signals through echolocation, meaning silent sound waves are sent through your phone, bounce off your body, and are reflected back into the microphone.
When you wake up, you’ll get a personal score measuring the quantity and quality of your sleep. The number will range from 1-100. A score of 1 means “did you even sleep at all?”, 100 shows that you had a perfect night’s sleep (the average score is 78).
Beyond just a numeric score, the app gives you access to smart alarm meant to wake you up at the best possible time during your sleep cycle, a detailed sleep report that you can share with your doctor, sleep education tips and tidbits, and more.
With SleepScore, you no longer have to wonder why you feel restless after thinking you accomplished the optimal 8-hour sleep.
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