There are two key parts to a personal #sleep tracker; the sensor and the app. First, you have to have a proficient fitness/#sleep tracker that can accurately record all of your body movements via an accelerometer. Then you need an app that can gather all of that movement data and turn it into something practical. There are some smartphone apps that do not require a user to wear a fitness tracker in order to determine their sleep state. These apps tend to be less reliable than the fitness-tracker enabled apps, since they aren’t as close to the user’s body. On the flip side, they tend to be cheaper or free.
Here’s a list of the top three tracking programs
1. Product: Sleepbot
How it works: It tracks motion, records sound, and acts as an alarm.
Pros: It has multiple functions
Cons: It has high power costs while using those functions.
Where to buy: App Store/Google Play
How much: Free
Best thing: the cost
Worst thing: Its Oversensitivity
Reviewers recommendation: Worth a try; it is free, after all.
2. Product: Sleep as Android (Android, $5)
How it works: tracks your sleep patterns and sounds, uses data to wake you up at optimal time
Pros: The alarm function,
Cons: The pricing model is complicated
Where to buy: Google Play
How much: $5 to unlock after 2 week trial
Best thing: It has a customizable sleep function
Worst thing: The app tricks you into thinking it is free
Reviewers recommendation: Try before you buy
3. Product: #Sleep Time
How it works: it tracks your sleep patterns and sounds, and uses data to wake you up at optimal time.
Pros: Premium features like extra data metrics, white noise machine, heart rate integration.
Con: The app’s battery and alarm functions are glitchy at times.
Where to Buy: App Store
How much: $5 a month
Best thing: Ability to track heart rate via third party accessories
Worst thing: Cost
Reviewers recommendation: Worth trying for premium features