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App of the Week - SleepScore

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.

Ready to try a new approach or two for the activity we spend one-third of our lives doing? SleepScore is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Think there are any other sleep aids our team should try? Are there are any health-focused apps and gadgets you love? Let us know by dropping us a line over on Facebook or Twitter. Get your sleep and your Geek on!

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).