Sure you sleep at night, but are you really getting a good night’s sleep?
A new app launching today, SleepTime, works as both an intelligent alarm clock and sleep analysis solution to analyze your latest snooze and make sure you’re getting most out your time between the sheets.
Placed beside you on your bed at night while you sleep, the app monitors the quality of sleep you’re getting, waking you up at “the best possible time to make you feel refreshed and empowered.” The app works by using the accelerometer in your phone to pay attention to subtle movements you make throughout the night–when you’re moving you’re not really sleeping.
The app monitors three different stages of sleep: awake, light sleep and deep sleep plus REM (the stage where dreaming occurs), and graphs your sleep patterns so you can see how your sleeping patterns changes over time. According to Azumio the average healthy person is awake approximately 10% of a normal sleep cycle with deep plus REM making up 55% of sleep time and and light sleep equaling 35%.
“Azumio has fulfilled the need for an accurate, state-of-the-art algorithm for sleep analysis that is consumer-accessible as an integral part of a complete mobile health solution” said Dr. Paul C. Zei, clinical associate professor at Stanford.
Azumio isn’t the first app to hit the App Store claiming to monitor your sleep. MotionX Sleep is a similarly-priced title that monitors your sleep cycles as well as tracks your daily steps and calories, and Lark is an iPhone app that works alongside a special wristband.
Since SleepTime monitors your movement while you sleep, you’ll need to be sleeping alone in order for the app to really work its magic. Unlike fitness bands and other more expensive solutions, SleepTime monitors you sleep based on the movement it senses in your bed, which could easily be thrown off if you sleep in the same bed with another person or a pet.
The company works with researchers at both Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco on its mobile apps, and also sells a popular heart rate app amongst other titles.
One of the researchers working alongside Azumio on other apps says that while she hasn’t tested the app yet against more expensive counterparts, it’s still a pretty viable solution.
“Obviously, for the app to be more than entertainment, it needs to be tested to see if the data it produces are similar to the information we can collect from gold-standard sleep tests” Laura Saslow, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told Mashable. “Even without that knowledge, however, I’ve been impressed with the application. It’s easy to use and appears to give me relatively clean feedback about my own sleep patterns…I think this app and others similar to it give people awareness of aspects of their lives that would be otherwise invisible to them.”
Want to give SleepTime a try? Azumio is offering the first 500 Mashable readers who click on this link an opportunity to snag the $0.99 app for free. If you do give it a try, let us know your thoughts in the comments.