Before smartphones hit the scene, regular old mobile handsets had already replaced traditional alarm clocks as many people’s means of waking up in the morning. They functioned largely the same: set a time to wake up, hit snooze when the time comes, and repeat as necessary. When smartphones arrived, apps started appearing that built upon this formula. Rather than merely waking you up, they aimed to do so at the best time to leave you feeling refreshed and actually ready to hop out of bed in the morning.
A number of options have appeared over the years. Here are four of the best sleep cycle tracking alarm clocks for Android.
1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
The Sleep Cycle alarm clock app introduced millions of iOS users to the concept before eventually coming to Android. Like each of the apps on this list that surfaced in the years since, Sleep Cycle analyzes your movement during the night to wake you up during the lightest phase of your sleep. In particular, it aims for a thirty minute window that ends at your set time. This way when the alarm goes off, you’re more likely to actually get out of bed feeling refreshed than opt to continue snoozing. The app tracks your sleep and presents your activity in the form of a chart so that you can compare how you slept one night versus another. The entire experience is available for 99 cents.
2. SleepBot sleep cycle alarm clock
SleepBot pitches itself as a sleep cycle alarm, a movement tracker, a sound recorder, a sleep debt log keeper, a data analyzer, and more. That comprehensiveness is what the developer’s proud of. SleepBot offers detailed analysis of sleep, providing detailed logs and informative graphs. It can show correlations between movement and sound while sleeping, and it can display trends over time. Not only that, the app comes with a widget and options to automatically toggle volume and airplane mode. It has its own distinctive design, and it’s free to use.
3. Sleep As Android
Sleep As Android, in addition to including the core features you would expect, has excellent hardware support. It packs in Pebble, Tizen, and Android Wear integration, but not only that, it even works with Philips HUE smartlights, lightbulbs that are capable of automatically changing colors. This hardware support keeps things interesting, but it’s obviously not going to affect all users. Everyone else may appreciate the nature sounds that can help you fall asleep and the ability to record whether you’re sleeping or snoring at night. The app is free to download, but it does contain some in-app purchases.
4. Sleep Time
Sleep Time offers a holo UI that should fit right at home on devices that are still powered by Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. Like the other apps on this list, it tracks movement to gauge when you’re ready to wake up, and it wants to teach you something about your sleep in the process. It comes with over twenty built-in alarms and full history graphs. To make things even better, it’s free to use.
One of these four apps might just be your ticket to a good night’s sleep and a better morning routine. If having to get out of bed early in the morning each day is something you consider a regular burden, any of them are worth a look. Be sure to share with us in the comments any other options you would like to recommend.