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There is no shortcut. Just get the fuck out of bed when your alarm goes off. No excuses.
EDIT: It does help a lot if you use an app on your phone which uses the movement sensor to detect when best to awaken you in a 30-60 min window. I use Sleep as Android because cloud backup, but I'm sure others are as good.
I'm a fan of Sleep As Android. Mostly I just love the slowly increasing volume thunderstorm in the distance alarm. Very mellow to wake up to. I also like the math catchpa to turn off the alarm.
I used to feel that pain. Here's what I do:
Using this system gets me up without snoozing till the absolute last fucking minute every fucking day (seriously how did I live that way so long?! This is so much better), which gives me way more time to wake up and do activities before I depart.
I started the cup of coffee before my commute a year or 2 back (used to wait until I got TO work because free coffee) and I have never had my eyes droop since. I think the coffee was the biggest factor but I am so happy with the other changes I had to share.
Coffee before you commute, Sleep for Android QR scan changed my mornings for the better. Going to sleep can fuck off
Messed up the wording for the app. It is Sleep As Android
I like Sleep with Android. It appears gets better and better. Great for droids.
edit: Sleep as Android but sticking with Sleeping with Androids.
Try Sleep as Android
It has "captcha" feature for alarms. I use the one that requires me to get up and scan a QR code somewhere in the house, but that's not the only option.
You don't need to track your sleep if you don't want to, just use it as an alarm clock even after a trial period ends.
I have a QR code taped to my bathroom mirror. My phone's alarm won't turn off until I walk my tired self down the hall and into the bathroom to scan the QR code. Then, you're already in the bathroom, so you can just start getting ready.
Has math problems, QR scanning, NFC scanning, and a few other methods to keep you from just slapping the snooze button. Pretty nifty. Oh and it will track your sleep cycles and wake you up at a good time.
An sich keine blöde Idee, die Schlafdauer so zu timen dass man in einer Leichtschlafphase aufwacht... aber das fundamentale Problem bei dem Ansatz ist halt, dass man nur schwer die Kontrolle darüber hat wann genau man einschläft.
Ich empfehle den umgekehrten Ansatz: Nicht die Einschlafzeit anpassen, sondern die Weckzeit.
Da gibt's echt gute Apps für, ich nutze sleep as Android. Klingt auf den ersten Blick wie eine weitere schwachsinnige Lifestyle-Optimierungs-App, aber die bietet wirklich einen reellen Mehrwert.
Man legt sich das Handy mit auf die Matratze, und durch Mikrofon und Lagesensor merkt das Gerät wenn man gerade im Bett herumwühlt (also gerade nur im Leichtschlaf ist). Man stellt dann zum Beispiel ein dass man geweckt werden will, wenn irgendwann zwischen 6:00 und 6:30 eine Leichtschlafphase festgestellt wird. Auch wenn man dann netto vielleicht mal 20 Minuten weniger schläft als man eigentlich könnte, kommt man deutlich besser aus den Federn.
Sleep as Android has the same function, as well as other features like making you solve math problems or scan a QR code to turn off the alarm. I have a complicated relationship with the snooze button so that last piece is super helpful for me.
Sleep as Android
It does other cool things like track your sleep state via motion and try to wake you up outside of REM. Record snoring.
Or alternatively, just install Sleep As Android - it's possibly the best consumer sleep monitoring system out there. The new version has a sonar system which means you don't even need to put the phone on your bed anymore. Oh and Sleep automatically integrates with your smart lights and other home automation systems, so it can dim then lights at night, simulate the sunrise etc.
There are apps like Sleep as Android which track your sleep and are supposed to gauge when you're through a sleep cycle so it can wake you up when you're in a light sleep stage. It's worked for me pretty well, although I don't take a ton of naps.
Also if you have a Galaxy phone it's fairly easy to set up an alarm that requires you scan a NFC sticker to shut it off. I have my sticker in the kitchen by the coffee and the coffee set to be made by the time my phone is going off.
Works pretty well.
I use Sleep as Android: [link]
Basically, you put your phone on your bed while its plugged in, and it feels the vibrations of when you're tossing and turning, so it knows where you are in your sleep cycle. You give it a time you want to wake up, but if it notices that you're in a certain sleep cycle, it'll wake you up up to 30 minutes early, so you're not in too deep of sleep.
There's an android app which gives you a QR code for you to print off and tape to your bathroom mirror or something. Then the alarm doesn't switch off until you get out of bed and scan the QR code with your phone. It also uses GPS so it doesn't happen if you're not at home (that would suck).
Just this. AFAIK similar functionality is baked into iOS (along with blue light elimination, like f.lux), but since I do not own any Apple devices, I can't comment more.
Now, I do not know how it will work out for you if you're not sleeping alone. I'm single, noone beside me to disrupt the sensor and apps calculations. A smartwatch must be a solution, maybe?
Now, assuming you sleep alone, Sleep as Android is already configured almost perfectly out-of-the-box so all you have to do is enter the time of the alarm, initiate sleep tracking and put the phone on the bed with you. Simple as that. Based on the amount and the intensity of your movement the app will know the sleep phase you're into - deep sleep (ideally this phase should never be interrupted) or light sleep (this is when your body is almost awake and ready to wake up, even if you don't "feel" it). There's also REM phase, but let's forget about it for now.
Basically, to wake up without feeling like you've been just crushed by a bulldozer you need to 1) sleep long enough, for me it's no less than 6 hrs, and 2) be gently woken up in the middle of a light sleep phase. The app does the 2nd part, part 1 is up to you, but even when you don't sleep enough you still wake up feeling much better compared to what could've happened if you slept 4 hrs and woke up in the deep sleep phase.
Any more specific questions? Shoot em here or PM me, I'll gladly try to answer all of them because honestly that tiny price of what the dev asks for the full version was probably in the top 5 investments I made in my life so far.
I use Sleep as Android app to wake me up. It can track your sleep and wake you in the best moment, so you will not feel as much tired.
It actually works pretty good and I am able to get up relatively okay even if I can sleep only 4 or 5 hours a day.
Also, I did set up NFC sticker on my mirror in bathroom. That way, if I want to turn off the alarm, I have to get up and actually go there to scan it.
I personally find "Sleep as Android" much better. It has CAPTCHA style alarms that make it harder to sleep in. eg, maths equations, or scan a QR code in your bathroom...
Plus it integrates with Tasker, if you happen to like tinkering around with your phone.
I started using Sleep for Android to track my sleep and as an alarm. It has a feature that requires you to solve a captcha to disable the alarm. Using it not only killed my over sleeping after a while. Just having to use my brain first thing when I wake I feel much more awake and alert. Its been a life changer!
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There are absolutely alarm apps that will do this. If you're using Android, check out Sleep As Android. It has some of the more creative ways to keep an alarm engaging for someone like me who can be very hard to wake up.
I use an alarm app that refuses to turn off until I hold the phone by an NFC tag, which I put in my shower stall. That almost always works— if I've dragged my ass to the shower, I might as well get in, and once I'm showering I wake up pretty reliably.
Edited to add: the app is "Sleep as Android"
There's an app called <em>Sleep as Android</em> (I don't believe theres an iOS version) that tracks your sleep patterns, can record audio that breaks a certain volume limit at night to see if you talk in your sleep or snore, and also has a Lucid Dream function which does exactly what you're talking about. After you've used it a few nights and it has picked up on your sleep patterns, it'll say a message like you're talking about. I haven't had success with it personally, but I've also never had a lucid dream at all. I would give it a shot, as it doesn't require you wear headphones or listen to white noise for a long time while you sleep.
Thanks for the fantastic post. I would like to add the system I use to get to bed and get up on time in case others struggle with that like I did.
I highly recommend the app Sleep As Android it took me years of tweaking before I was finally able to set up a system to beat my stupid brain and get out of bed with 1 alarm no matter what. I did it using that app.
Here's what I did to wake up for work without issue for years without fail:
I applied the same technique to getting to bed on time, which is actually equally as important to getting up and establishing a good circadian rhythm:
My alarm goes off at bedtime and being unable to turn the alarm off unless I go upstairs forces me to go up to my bathroom.
Since I am up there anyway I usually decide to brush my teeth and take out my contacts and engage in the rest of my evening routine.
Since I have a book to read sitting by my bed, I am usually not averse to just hopping in bed and achieving my bedtime goal.
If I want to get the right amount of sleep I have to do this at 10:00pm! which is insanely difficult for a person who used to like to stay up until at least 1:00am and damn the consequences!
The system works great for me. Hope it helps someone.
Edit: Fixed www.sleepyti.me link
Sleep as Android will do you one better and wake you up when it detects motion within a predefined period, hopefully waking you out of light sleep so you don't feel groggy.
I know that you were asking for a way to do this using Tasker, but if you don't find a solution, I use Sleep as Android everyday. I absolutely love it.
You don't have to, but you can also set your phone on your bed at night. The app will wake you up when you are in your lightest sleep phase (by monitoring the accelerometers).
For example: set alarm for 6AM. It'll wake you up between 5:15 (or whatever time period you choose) and 6AM. I have mine to only go of when I scan an NFC tag that's next to my shower in the bathroom.
I've heard good things about Sleep as Android if you're still interested (unless that's the app you were complaining about, lol).
There is a paid version of the app as well, but the free version should be fine. It also appears there is a "2 week trial" of the paid features.
P.S.: Google Play has a refund policy as well for paid apps, so you could sort of treat that a a "free trial" I guess.
That's an app.
I use Sleep as Android myself, but there are plenty of other apps able to do similar things (math problems, scan captcha/NFC, move phone a certain distance...)
One on your phone. For android, there's one called Sleep As Android that has a bunch of different "you gotta do this to shut off your alarm" options. Simple math, complex math, etc. I'm sure there are others, but this one has worked for me.
I use a custom QR code that I printed out and taped to the wall in my washroom. I cannot shut off my alarm without scanning that code, so by the time my alarm is off I'm standing in front of my bathroom sink with the lights on, and it's more hassle to sneak back to bed than to just get on with my day.
Non-blaring gradually rising alarm + smart period
Example: 7am concrete wakeup time, can set so around 6:55 begins slowly getting louder to the sounds of say crickets or seagulls, or ocean waves, or a storm, etc (natural sounds)
In addition can set so if between 6:30-7 it detects you are in light sleep will trigger the alarm early so that you don't get woken up during deep sleep
Your phone should have a programmable "which days do you want the alarm for?" setting.
I use this app.
Too many settings to go into, loads of options for types of alarm "answer a maths question, fill in a dreamdiary" etc. It's rad.
I have an sleep tracking / alarm app that requires you to scan a QR code to shut off the alarm. I put the code in my bathroom so when I go to turn it off... well, I'm already up so I might as well shower. Take a cold shower when you wake up too. [link]
If you're looking to get on a normal schedule, try setting the alarm a few minutes earlier every day. First time at 2:00pm, then the next night at 1:45, then 1:30, etc until you get to the desired time. Avoid any food 3-4 hours before you go to bed. I slightly had this problem (going to bed at 1:00, wake up at 10) and now I'm on a constant schedule of waking up at 6:00-7:00 every day feeling good.
Sleep as Android allows you to use Spotify as an alarm which I find works well to mix things up. It just resumes from the last song you were listening to, so if you use Spotify everyday you should get a good mix without any extra work.
I used to wake up, feeling dopey as fuck, most of the time. Sometimes I'd be ok, but others I was dead to the world -- and I felt that way all day. As it turned out, the problem was one of timing -- I'd be getting approximately 6.5 hours of sleep per night, meaning I was always waking up in the deep sleep part of a sleep cycle.
I have an alarm app on my phone (Sleep as Android , specifically) that uses the microphone and accelerometer to guess when you're in the shallow part of a sleep cycle, and wake you up (up to 20ish mins earlier than your alarm, if need be) at the optimal time.
Dunno if it'll work for you, but it's worth checking out.
I was wondering the same so I did some sleep tracking with a smartphone, time sleeping per day averaged to same number of hours (over few day window) with weird precision, regardless of taking naps or not, sleeping earlier or later etc.
At least for my N=1 experiment with subject being me, the answer is definitely yes.
That doesn't guarantee it will be the same for anybody else.
Try Sleep as Android, within the tons of functions, you can set an alarm to notify you when it's the best time to go to sleep.
well. good to know you can even safeword unconciously! Not a bad thing really. yeah you could use a second safe word... but like you said that is problematic. Can i suggest a longer term solution?
Have him wake you up anyhow. even if you safeword or tap out, have him go ahead and wake you up gently.
it sounds like your body is in sleep mode.. and your body is uncocously trying to stay asleep. I'm guessing you hit your snooze a fair amount as well?
by waking you up anyhow... your going to teach your body that "safewording" doesn't let you go back to sleep... in fact it leads to you being awakened fully anyhow. be very thoughtful about this, since there could be grumpy moments. but the key here is to wake up, sit-up, talk for a moment about how you safeworded, and it is ok, you will just need to try again. the kind of conversation you can't sleeptalk your way through. lol.
Another thought. there are "sleep" timer apps that try to gently wake you up by monitoring your movement in bed. they try to guess where you are in your sleep cycle and wake you gently. this is the one i've used for this : [link]
basically the way we do it is... let the app wake us up "gently" then I could let my partner start to snooze off again and then intiate sex. this way i know she isn't in a deep sleep... its worked for us. since its a distincitve wake-up that it uses that is diffrent then the usual alarm, it signals to her that I am going to be initiating something in the net few minutes. we don't do it often, but when we do, when the gentle alarm sounds she will roll on her side and curl up so i can get the access i need to start things off, all while stil asleep.
I use sleep as Android and have a QR code in the bathroom so to stop the alarm I have to scan that QR code. And when you are inches away from the shower you just can't get back to bed.
I use Sleep as Android. It's got a lot of features including different kinds of wake up tests and gets updated frequently. The pro version is also discounted atm
What kind of phone or app requires you to enter a user specified password to turn the alarm off? The app I'm familiar with, Sleep as Android gives you options like math or a dream diary, but not a PIN or password. Though NFC or QR codes are options.
How in the world is Sleep as Android not on this list? I've been using it for a few years now and it's worth every cent. Love being able to track how much and how well I'm sleeping. I also make use of an NFC tag to dismiss my alarm.
Sleep as Android - watches for movement on your bed during the night to record the quality of your sleep - also detects when you're already sleeping lightly (ie, not in REM sleep) and can set off your morning alarm to wake you up as gently as possible.
If you have an android phone and are interested in this go download Sleep as Android. Tracks your sleep and wakes you up during light sleep, along with a bunch of other stuff.
Personally I'm testing white noise at the moment, as a way to prevent my mind from thinking about a million things, when I want to fall asleep. I'm using this app but I imagine there are tons of others to generate white noise with your phone. Just remember to put the phone in flight-mode, so you won't be woken up by notifications of a new facebook message.
There are a billion different possibilities here, but as someone who has struggled with this his entire waking life, here are the things I've found work pretty well.
You could always try using an app like Sleep as Android which is set to record noises made in your sleep! It should be reasonably effective, I remember it from when it was used in the post with the probable intruder. If it could pick something like that up, it can probably get your dog.
I used to feel that pain. Here's what I do after trying a lot of stuff:
I started the cup of coffee before my commute a year or 2 back because my eyes would be drooping on the road. Coffee gave me that extra kick I needed back then. I no longer need the pre-work cup, but it did help back then.
I've been using Sleep as Android for years. It's fantastic. The optional "captcha" feature to turn off an alarm is a lifesaver in the morning when I'm sleepy, and the sleep tracking works well. It's also good just for normal alarms.
A subtle feature of the Nexus 5 that I really like is that it can gather accelerometer data without holding a wakelock. So, for example, when tracking my sleep with Sleep as Android, there is no extra battery drain. Or again, in the latest version of Tasker, there is a really neat "Motion Detection" option that stops Tasker's regular checks (location, cell near etc.) until "significant motion" is detected, which should also save some battery.
Install Sleep as Android as your alarm clock. Have it wake you up at the desired time. The app uses the phone's gyro sensors to track your sleep cycles and wakes you up a little earlier if that's when you are in light sleep and less likely to be groggy.
In the app's settings, select the option where in order to silence the alarm you have to scan a specific barcode. Take the barcode from your shampoo bottle and make that the barcode to scan. This way you are guaranteed to be in the shower every morning. Just remember to take off your clothes.
You are welcome!
[link] get sleep as android and set a captcha. Some of the more effective ones are the qr code and nfc tag. You set the app to the qr code or nfc tag and put the relevant item somewhere far away from your bed. The alarm can't go off without you scanning it with your phone. There is also math and a bunch of other things, but I've realized that sleepy me can do arithmetic pretty well now, so much so that I don't even realise I've turned off my alarm.
EDIT: also something to try is to get really fucking bright ass light. You can either set it on a timer (those ones that you get for plug points) or switch it on yourself. The light is important because it triggers biological events that are important for your Circadian rhythm.
Make sure you are properly hydrated before you go to sleep as dehydration makes you groggy. You need more water than you think, because you will sleep for 8 hours, perspiring with no fluid intake, and depending on circumstances you will lose 200-1000 ml of water. Also, have a glass of water as you wake up. First thing you do is you down the water.
and the last thing I can suggest is have good sleep hygiene. No electronics for a while before bed, absolutely zero artificial light in your room. I've read that even one blinking LED can drastically reduce sleep quality. Same goes for noise. Make sure you aren't too hot or cold.
That is pretty much everything I know about this subject and I hope you can find something in there of use
Sorry, I'm using 'Sleep as Android', and most probably the free version: [link]
I wake up at 7am, and so the alarm rings anytime between 7 am and 30 minutes beforehand (custom time setting), depending on how awake I already am (the phone motion sensor detects that). Also, the alarm rings at a really low level, and then gradually increases in volume over 10 minutes (another custom time setting). It's a really gentle wake-up for me.
The paid version costs $3.99, one-time. I don't think I have the paid version, but am not sure of how to check that on my phone.
Eu uso uma aplicação (Sleep as Android) para controlar os meus ciclos de sono/despertar/meia dúzia de outras coisas e hoje reparei que dá para ver uma série de estatísticas sobre os vários utilizadores. Como a dimensão da amostra em Portugal até é relativamente grande (48358 utilizadores) achei que os resultados eram interessantes (valem o que valem, claro) e que gostariam de ver também...
I recently applied the same principle to getting to bed on time, which is actually equally as important to getting up and establishing a good circadian rhythm. Being unable to turn the alarm off unless I go upstairs forces me to go up to my bathroom.
Since I am up there I usually decide to brush my teeth and take out my contacts. Since I have a book to read sitting by my bed, I am usually not averse to just hopping in bed and achieving my bedtime goal. If I want to get the right amount of sleep i have to do this at 10:00pm! which is insanely difficult for a person who used to like to stay up until at least 1:00am and damn the consequences!
The system works great for me. Hope it helps
If you're using Android, the app "Sleep as Android" ([link]) is a great one too :) It's kind of an all-in-one package with different options for turning off alarm (solving math problems with adjustable difficulty, picking out an awake sheep in a herd of sleeping sheep, shaking the phone, or scanning a QR or bar-code which I've found pretty effective :) For example you could scan the bar-code on your toothpaste so that every morning to turn off the alarm you have to go into the bathroom and scan your toothpaste.
If you put your phone in your bed with you it can try to keep track of your sleep so that it can attempt to wake you up when it thinks you are at the end of an REM cycle too :)
Sorry if it seems like I am writing an ad, lol.
Other than that there are other reasons you could be fatigued. Low iron levels maybe? Like cdubose said, it's probably a good idea to visit a doctor just to rule out any common medical reasons
It looks similar to Sleep as Android which is an app I swear by. There's also an iOS alternative which is SleepBot I think?
The way a lot of these work is that you lay it on your bed as you sleep and it measures how much you're moving through vibrations in the bed. If you're moving then you're in lighter sleep, if you're completely still you're in deep sleep.
The best thing though is that these apps have an alarm clock that wakes you up at a point within a window (you can set how long, mines set to 20) that is your lightest sleep. It genuinely works as well. I've used it for about a year and a half now and literally never wake up groggy. I highly highly recommend it.
get Sleep as Android and put your phone on your mattress when you go to bed. It will monitor your movement with the accelerometer during your sleep and wake you up before your alarm time during a phase when you are moving (i.e. light sleep cycle), yes you might not get your desired max amount of time but still tons better than being woken up in the middle of REM sleep.
Sleep As Android is probably the app you're referring to. I use it sometimes.
I can definitely say that the sleep tracking and what not is not integrated into Android. Though I wouldn't doubt that Play Services tracks movements, etc and sends all that data to google (I mean, the Play Services ask for like every permissions possible..)
I use Sleep as Android (Play Store link). It has several failsafe settings like math puzzles and such, extensive snooze settings and the option to try to wake you up while in light sleep (within a given timeframe).
I tried integrating it with Tasker using intents a good while back, but eventually reverted back to manual operation. Haven't tested recently, but I think I read it actually has official Tasker support now!
I've always had a difficult time with sleep issues myself, and Sleep as Android has been a life saver for me! The best feature is that it detects your motion as you sleep and so will wake you up when you are in a light sleep phase rather than a deep sleep (when you're not moving). Waking up during deep sleep makes you feel so drained but I can sleep for 4 hours or less and wake up during light sleep and feel perfectly fine! It's awesome!
Sleep As Android
Similar to Alarmy. I use it for the QR Code Captcha to disable the alarm.
It also has Lullabies, Sleep/Snoring monitoring, Soothing Alarm Noises if you're into that.
Combination of three methods :
The 4-7-8 breathing technique which is one of the only things I've tried which really works. 4 second inspiration, 7 second block your breath, 8 second expiration, start again.
While I do this, I try to focus on a blank spot between my two eyes that gradually expands to occupy most of the space between them.
Sleep as Android. Changed my life - and sleep cycle.
Get a cheap Android phone (like the $19 Net10 LG,) and use Sleep As Android. It's far more accurate and has many more functions, including sleep cycle approximation w/ adaptive alarm time. It's a great app.
SAA only works from your body movement, but in informal testing by my gf and me, we've found it to be better at judging where we are in our sleep cycles than my Fitbit Charge HR.
Sleep As ~~a Droid~~ Android does this. This one. It uses phone's internal accelerometer to measure your movement during sleep, to determine which stage you're in.
It also has a whole bunch of other useful features, such as having to scan a QR code (or NFC tag) in your bathroom, so you're forced to actually get up.
Get your sleeping schedule consistent and make sure you're getting enough. When your body tells you it's tired, listen.
I use this app, [link]
Don't eat junk food. Buy a crock pot if you have to and cook as much as possible.
Essentially, live a healthy life. Most people don't. But we don't get the option not to. Your body will not tolerate mistreatment like a normal person.
It's not going to work 100% for everyone, but I went from three medications and regular flares, to one medication and only occasional flares of a lower severity.
A lot of us start with this disease when we are relatively young, and we still want to live like we are young. But once you're diagnosed, you're middle aged whether you like it or not. Or at least you have to behave that way.
Get an app like Sleep as Android, and program in your captcha as a QR code. Then, keep the QR code somewhere other than your bedroom. I have mine mounted on the inside of the door of my medicine cabinet, in the washroom.
In order to turn the alarm off, I have to get up, go to the washroom, open the door there, turn on the light, and scan the QR code. Otherwise, it just keeps ringing.
Just make sure to set "snooze" limits, etc.
The app Sleep as Android has an option to add playlists. I haven't used the app in a while, but I know the option is there to add playlists and have the ability to shuffle them.
i use sleep as android for my alarm. until i write in my 'journal' the alarm cannot be silenced. It does pause the noise while i type though.
I recommend using an app that tracks your sleep like Sleep as Android or Sleep Cycle alarm clock.
Sleep as Android is another good option and has a 14 day free trial. If you have an Android Wear watch, you can use that for tracking too.
Do you have a smartphone running android? Best I've found is "Sleep as Android". Bad name, amazing app. Not sure if would work running from Chrome on the PC (i heard chrome can run android apps now) but you can give it a shot.
The app records your sleep, highlights snoring, gives you logs and records of how much sleep you're getting or missing, and a million other small features. It also wakes you up on your REM cycle, which after using it makes a HUGE difference for me to not wake up at an arbitrary alarm clock point. Also it gives a lot of flexibility for everything, you can shut off almost any feature you don't like.
Get a smart alarm clock.
Your sleep runs in cycles of about 45-50 minutes, now personal sleep monitors are not only cheap, but ubiquitous (health monitors/smart watches) we can feed our sleep patterns into a computer in real time.
Rather than going off at a specific time, a smart alarm will fire at the best opportune moment before your required time - often with a crescendo. I've found this results in a clearer waking experience.
I use Sleep as Android [link]
I find sleep quality matters a lot as well. I use an android app and it tracks my deep sleep. I don't know how accurate it is, but I notice that under 50-55% and I will feel tired. 7hrs with 60% is far better than 8hrs with 45%.
As for upping your sleep quality, it took a little while but I'm getting decent at knowing if it is likely to be bad. For example, I need to avoid lots of salt in the evening/night. Might be something to work towards, chances are if this is the cause, the fix will be person-specific.
I also found I was more tired when I was a little down a life. It's fairly normal and if it's this, you just gotta push through/make a change.
Sleep as Android which tracks your sleep at night using sensors in your watch.
It also detects when you are snoring and vibrates the watch to try to get you to shift positions and stop snoring.
You can also set your alarm to be a "variable time window" and it'll wake you when it senses that you are partly awake. Ex: I set my alarm for between 06:00 AM and 06:30 AM. Starting at 06:00 AM it'll try to detect if I'm 'tossing & turning' in my sleep and if I am it'll trigger the alarm then. Otherwise it'll wait until I am tossing & turning and let me sleep in until as late as 06:30.
Now that I use that feature - I almost never bother hitting snooze. I'm awake at my first alarm going off. I feel slightly more rested this way too.
There's a wonderful app in the Google Play Store called Sleep as Android and I highly recommend it. I've been using it as both an alarm as as a way to record my sleep talk. It only saves recordings when your phone picks up audio, and the quality is surprisingly good. It costs $5, but comes with a 14-day trial, so you can test it for yourself. It has more features, but you can read about those in the Play description.
EDIT: spelling correction
Do you use an alarm in the morning? If you alarm wakes you in the middle of the sleep cycle you might feel very groggy and tired. I have the benefit of flexible work hours so I've stopped using an alarm at all, but when I do need an alarm I use an app that wakes me up when I'm in a lighter part of my sleep cycle (I use this one but I'm sure they have them for iphone as well).
An absolutely great app when it was first released... on iOS back in 2009.
Unfortunately, the Android version is rarely updated and is easily outmatched by Sleep as Android.
(For €0.24 I bought it anyway... because that's next-to-nothing and one day it may be a good alternative worth trying.)
Maybe this will at least help you get out of bed. You can set up a captcha so the alarm will not turn off until you solve it. I used to use an NFC sticker but now I use a QR code on the bathroom mirror.
Track and learn your sleeping habits. Helps you wake up near your lightest sleep cycle that is closest to your alarm time. Basically helps you wake up not groggy if you have that problem. Also shows some cool stats and information about your sleep habits and your activity when your sleeping.
Protip for Android users: Use an application like Sleep as Android to have the last song you listened to on Spotify as your alarm. I do this and get a different song every day. Also helps heavy sleepers (like myself) that have gotten immune to their alarm sound.
No matter what I tried, I could not get myself out of bed on time. I would sleep until the very last minute and drag myself up, being more groggy than if I were to have gotten up in the first place.
My solution was getting the Sleep as Android (there is an equivalent for iPhone) app for my phone. When the alarm goes off, I have to physically get out of bed, walk into my kitchen, and scan a QR code in order to shut off the alarm. I immediately feed my cat, since that's the first thing I do in the morning, and bam, I've started my morning routine.
I use it with with Sleep as Android which I've used before with my Pebble and just went back to with this device, it's a solid app and records my sleep well with lots of options and graphs. The data that gets copied to Google Fit though is just the total number of hh:mm asleep.
I've been using Sleep as Android for sleep tracking and PlexFit to sync to Google Fit for fitness tracking. I realize this doesn't directly answer your question - what's the best with both - but I honestly couldn't find one that was particularly good at both.
Sleep as Android is what I use. It forces me to scan an NFC tag I have stuck in my bathroom before it'll shut off. It even has code built in so that you can't kill the app, and so that the alarm will go off again if you pull the battery and put it back in.
It also does sleep tracking - you put it in bed next to you, and it tracks how much you're moving around at night, and will wake you up at the lightest part of your sleep cycle. If you have an Android Wear or Pebble smartwatch, it'll use the accelerometer and heart rate sensors on that instead for even more accurate tracking.
Sleep as Android.
i love it. i use the sleep tracking to remind myself when to go to bed, and monitor the quality of sleep over time.
Don't know if it's compatible with your device, but Sleep as Android is the best sleep tracker I've found. I've been using it with an LG Urbane smartwatch, but it looks like it supports a bunch of different options. Worth checking to see if it can pull data from your heart rate monitor.
See battery usage on my HW2 Classic during about 6:30h of sleep with theatre mode.
I'm in. This night I started using Sleep as an Android Yesterday I thought that I need to sleep better and decided to track my sleeping time.
And I strongly recommend Lux for your smartphone to cut out that blue light that makes you awake.
Day 1: I got 8 hours of sleep.
I have tried this and really wish it would work consistently -- it worked great on some nights -- but I've decided it's not so good for couples.
So there's hope. I've certainly seen the light of waking up between sleep cycles. It's the best. May need a smartwatch to finally get this right. (I've been looking for one that doesn't have a microphone and can perform this sleep-cycle function while its radio transmitters are turned off.)
I don't know much about sleeping too deep, but would an app like Sleep as Android help you?
It allows you to set a timeframe during which you want it to wake you up, and it'll wake you during a phase of light sleep.
This is possibly not helpful, but have you tried one of those alarm apps that tracks your movements and tries to wake you up during a light sleep phase?
Here's the one I used on Android for a while. It seemed to work well.
This sleeping app has a mode that records you whenever you make a sound. I recommend everyone give it a try if you want to freak yourself out a bit.
They probably use an app like Sleep as Android, or something similar. It will track how you toss and turn, and it can tell what stages of sleep you're in, so it only lets the alarm go off during a light part of your sleep cycle. The theory is if you're woken up during the lightest part of your sleep cycle, you'll be less groggy. Also the watch will vibrate in addition to your regular sound alarm that will come on a delay. This is a more gentile way to wake your body up.
Meh, I know I don't snore often or loudly unless I'm drunk.
For those who are curious if they snore: Sleep as Android does it. It's like $0.99 to unlock it now. I think I paid $5.
Try Sleep as Android, will track your sleep cycles and wake you when you're closest to conciousness.
Play store link
I'm sure there's something similar if you use apple.
Another bonus is, if you tend to shut alarms off while still sleeping, you can set this app to require solving math problems, or scanning a qr code (or several other methods) before being able to disable the alarm.
If you use an Android phone, this app is very good. It records sounds and movement, among other things. [link]
You might be interested in Sleep as Android.
Lots of calm nature sounds, and you can adjust something called Gentle volume increase (up to 24 mins) to prevent the alarm from being an annoying and loud sound. It also turns almost any song/sound (or even music playlists) into a "calm" alarm.
There's also a Smart period to wake up when the sensors detect you'll feel better waking up. So instead of the alarm going off at exactly 5:30 (for example) it might start at 5:23, and with the previous option it feels really calm and smooth. It's up to you if you want full sleep monitoring overnight (10%~ battery, rip), or you can use the auto start before your alarm rings option (*insert happy battery image here*).
As for the other thing, you can use CAPTCHA to wake up. It currently has the following:
> Never oversleep again with CAPTCHA wake up verification (Math, Sheep counting, Phone shaking, Bathroom QR code or NFC tag)
...wow there's actually a plus button to add more CAPTCHAs in the app, how did I never notice it? I recommend "simple" math in the hardest difficulty. It takes a while even when already awake.
And lots of more options in the app.
Try it and see if you like it (link)
Note: if you have an Xperia device and use Stamina mode, remember to white list Sleep as Android.
Mja, scheinbar scheint das Aufstehen und durchs Zimmer gehen ja nicht zu helfen, laut OP /u/katembers :
> Wo das Handy dabei liegt spielt dabei nicht einmal eine Rolle. Es ist anscheinend kein großes Problem für meinen Körper durch das Zimmer zu laufen ohne dabei bewusst zu sein.
Man kann es halt mal versuchen, gibt sicher eine Distanz die weit genug ist um wirklich wach zu werden.
Ich habe wenn noch Sleep On Android im Kopf, die App hat neben dem NFC-Tag auch noch weitere "Hindernisse", die ein verfrühtes Ausschalten des Wecktons verhindern. Dazu gehören simple und komplexere Matheaufgaben, QR-Code-Scans, Bildersuche, Schütteln des Telefons oder auch ein lächelndes Foto zu machen. Erweiterungen gibt es auch zum Runterladen.
One could use Sleep as Android (Sorry, iPhone/Windows users) and set Nap time so you can sleep for 20 minutes. No need to guess or set an alarm :)
Interesting. I apologize for this. I use this setting in combination with an application profile for Sleep as Android, which works fine for me.
Dile a tu hermana que use Sleep as Android. Yo lo tengo configurado para que la alarma no se desactive hasta que me levante y tome una foto al código QR que hay en el baño.