Posted on April 29, 2010
Its not been easy to sleep recently. I don’t know why particularly – obviously being sick for the best part of 2 weeks didn’t help any, but I’m still not sleeping well.
In an effort to understand this and to try to do better, I downloaded an app for my iPhone called Sleep Cycle.
Its a clever little thing – it uses the motion sensor in the phone to detect if you are moving in bed, and the amount of movement tells it which sleep mode you’re in – from deep sleep (no movement) to dreaming (twitching perhaps?) to awake (tossing and turning and looking at the clock. cursing detection optional)
It then will try to wake you up in the morning when you’re in your lightest sleep and as close to your alarm time as possible. So you could get woken up 30 mins yearly, but the theory is that you’re nearly awake anyway so you’ll feel clear headed and refreshed rather than when you’re woken from deep sleep when you feel like you’ve had an elephant thrown at your head.
It worked fine yesterday as I was kinda awake at the alarm time – it got me up a little early but its theory was good. This morning though, after a shit sleep all night, I was in deep sleep (finally) and it had no choice but to sound the alarm and wake me up from my coma. Ugh.
So, here’s night before last – lots of deep sleep and it woke me up before I went back into another deep sleep cycle – cool 🙂
Last night though – was awake lots, especially around 3am and it had no choice but to wake me up at my 5:45 alarm – 5am would have been better, but thats before it’s wake up threshold.
So, I need to find something to keep me asleep at 2-3am, cos thats when I really wake up. I also need to set my alarm a little earlier, cos I know I’ll be awake at that time, so I may as well get up – there’s not a lot of sleep benefit to be had after that point. I may use the time to go for a walk before getting ready for work.