Android sleep cycle apps are apps that help you time your sleep according to REM sleep cycles. If you’re not already aware, sleep cycles are the regular stages that you move through during sleep. If you wake up in the middle of a cycle, it can be quite disruptive.
These sleep cycle tracker apps for Android are special alarm clocks that try to help you wake up at the end of a cycle. This way, you wake up feeling more refreshed. They could be described as sleep cycle monitors that help you keep track of your sleep patterns.
As the web’s premier dispenser of sleep-related information, the Sleepmo research team has boldly gone out and tested a whole range of tracker apps and alarms. The Android sleep cycle app reviews here include free apps as well as two paid ones.
In order to give fair sleep cycle app reviews, each of these apps was tested for a whole week – 7 nights of sleep devoted to each review! Scroll down to see which Android sleep cycle app is the best!
App review #5: Sleep Cycle Calculator Pro
Sleep Cycle Calculator Pro is the cheaper of the two paid Android sleep cycle apps reviewed here. The developers of this app have put it at an immediate disadvantage by charging for it. We’re all for paid software – Android app developers need to be paid for their work – but as far as the end user is concerned, the price tag has to be considered a disadvantage.
The app itself is also very average. It isn’t actually a sleep cycle alarm app, it simply calculates when you need to set your alarm and tells you. This kind of information is available for free all over the Internet, leaving this sleep cycle app in 5th place.
Sleep cycle tracker #4: Sleep Cycles Alarm
The second paid app, Sleep Cycles Alarm, is actually a little more expensive than Sleep Cycle Calculator Pro, but it’s probably worth it if we’re comparing between the two. This Android sleep cycle app has an impressive array of features: a daily scheduler, motion-activation, a soft wake up function, preset alarms and custom mp3 alarm tones.
Of these, the motion-activation feature is by far the most interesting. The app has the ability to monitor your movement as you sleep and try to assess what stage of a sleep cycle you’re currently in. This does mean keeping your phone in your pocket all night, though. In our tests this feature seemed a little unreliable, waking us up abruptly on 4 out of 7 mornings. As there are more accurate Android sleep cycle apps that are free, this one can only claim 4th place.
Sleep cycle monitor #3: Relax Timer
Relax Timer is our first free sleep cycle app. The first thing you notice about Relax Timer is its beautifully designed interface, which does give you a lot of confidence in the quality of the app. Whilst it doesn’t offer the motion detection feature, it does focus on mood and ambiance, letting you log your moods each day and providing soothing background sounds to help you sleep.
We liked Relax Timer’s focus on helping you to help yourself by simply providing tools to let you make your own analysis. It’s often better when software developers accept that the coolest sounding features don’t actually work in practice, and instead focus on doing a good job of more reliable features.
The second best Android sleep cycle app: Sleep as Android
Despite the strange name, Sleep as Android, is a quality piece of software (is there a pun in the name that we’re missing?) Like Relax Timer, it also offers soothing nature sounds and background music to help you sleep. This app is also the most popular of the ones reviewed here (but not quite the best!) It offers a good set of features, particularly in its logging and graphing capabilities.
Of the Android sleep cycle apps that we’ve reviewed here, we liked Sleep as Android‘s interface the most. It might not immediately strike you as the prettiest, but the developer has obviously considered that looking at a bright screen at night can keep you awake. They’ve avoided this by keeping the interface black.
The best Android sleep cycle app: Sleep Time
Out of the five Android sleep cycle apps we’ve reviewed here, we felt that Sleep Time was the best. It might not be the most popular, but it offers the most professional quality design and best array of features. It even has a smart-thinking dark interface like Sleep as Android to avoid glare and resulting sleep disruption.
Sleep Time has a motion detector, and we found it to be very accurate and reliable during our week of testing. It’s also very good at automatically incorporating the data it gathers with the data you give it manually to give you the most comprehensive data on your sleep cycles. It can then cleverly combine this with its customizable alarm function to wake you up at the right time every day.
Do you use any of these Android sleep cycle tracker apps? Or do you just use a standard alarm? Share all in the comments!