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Get App-y: Sleep well and wake up refreshed

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock attempts to track your sleeping patterns and gently wake you up in a more natural way at an optimal time.
by Lillie-Beth Brinkman Modified: July 31, 2012 at 10:59 am •  Published: July 31, 2012
/articleid/3696992/1/pictures/1788304">Photo - This screen shot from the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app shows a user's sleep patterns from Monday night. <strong></strong>
This screen shot from the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app shows a user's sleep patterns from Monday night.

Oklahoma State University senior Adam Kemp, who writes for The Oklahoman, first alerted me to this app, saying he has especially liked how the alarm works after using the app for a few weeks.

“I feel more refreshed,” he said. “It's easier to wake up.”

I agree. I have enjoyed waking up in a more peaceful way even after going to bed too late the night before. It is better than being jarred awake by an alarm set for an exact time.

Krishna noted that we all follow a circadian sleep wave cycle, with five stages of sleep alternating between heavy and light periods.

The app tracks those stages and offers a graph each morning to show them to you. The graphs are interesting, and I can see when my sleep was the deepest. The app also tracks how long you've slept.

Although I'm not sure how I can use the details about my widely varying sleep patterns, it shows how little sleep I am getting. I already knew that, but using the app, I hope to start working with my body's clock instead of against it.

by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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