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One of the best ways to get a better night’s sleep is to start measuring just how much sleep you’re getting right now.
The best sleep tracking apps will be able to track the quality of your sleep every night, analyze it, and store historic logs so you can track any improvements.
In our guide below, we take a look at some of the most popular sleep tracking apps for iPhone and Android.
Why Use Sleep Tracking Apps?
The first step to effectively hacking your sleep is working out how much you need to do to improve. Once you know this, you’ll be able to test what solutions best work for your sleeping needs.
Even if you’re already getting what feels like a good night’s sleep, there’s still something fascinating about finding out just how well you sleep in comparison to other people and if there are any areas for improvement.
Sleep tracking used to require clinical observation and being wired up to a machine overnight, but sleep technology has progressed to the point where we can track on the regular, in our own homes, from our smartphones.
Sleep tech is a growing market and there are plenty of apps and gadgets on the market that promise to accurately monitor your sleep quality and deliver you the results in the morning.
Let’s take a look at the best mobile apps for sleep tracking on the market right now.
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Sleep Cycle defines itself as an ‘intelligent alarm clock’ that wakes you according to when you’re in the lightest phase of your sleep cycle.
While that in itself is a great feature, the more fascinating aspect of this app is the analytics it delivers: detailed statistics contained in easy to read graphs which show your sleep phases throughout the night, how you compare to other app users, and even trend graphs to show how, for instances, the lunar cycle affects your sleep.
Considering it’s not attached to you in any way — just requires being placed near your bed — it offers a detailed and reasonably accurate analysis. It measures by using sound and motion detection.
This video runs through how the app works and what you can expect from it:
It’s available for iPhone and iPad on iOS and for Android phones.
Read our Sleep Cycle review.
Sleepbot is another smart alarm that comes equipped with high-level sleep analysis, enabled by motion and sound sensors, as well as an ambient noise machine.
It’s very easy to use and can be adjusted for sensitivity, either comprehensively tracking your cycles or simply serving as a time log. It also allows you to compare your sleep throughout the week and any sleep debt you may have.
There’s also a Resources section on the app, complete with sleep hacking tips and tricks to follow, including advice on diet, exercise and caffeine intake.
This video shows you what Sleepbot looks like on Android phones:
It’s available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on iOS, and Android devices.
Sleep Better is a smart alarm and cycle tracker, with easy to read graph analysis and 30-minute wake-up windows.
One of its strengths over other similar apps is the space it allows you for recording your dreams, and any triggers you experience during the day which may impede your sleep later. It also allows you to monitor the phases of the moon and to gauge what effect, if any, this has on your sleep, as well as understand the efficiency of your sleep.
If you upgrade, you’ll have access to long-term insights and more alarm customization option.
Runtastic run through the top features of the app in this short video:
It’s available for iPhone and iPad on iOS and Android devices.
This app tracks your sleep cycles with the aim to wake you gently at an optimum time in that cycle. It tracks movement and sound, and can even be used with wearable sensors for the best accuracy.
Just like Sleepbot, it will track any sleep deficit you may be suffering from, and will record and measure any sleep-talking and snoring. Perhaps most impressively, it also prescreens for sleep apnea.
The alarms available range from ambient noise, nature sounds, captcha, puzzles and it can even link up with your Spotify account.
This cute animation shows you a few of the benefits of this app, including the wake-up alarm:
Available for Android only.
Read our Sleep As Android review.
Sleep Genius sets itself apart from the other sleep tracking apps on the market by positioning itself as the scientific solution for better sleep. It’s main feature is its customizable sleep music (supposedly preferable to white noise) and gradual wakeup alarm.
With an upgrade to the premium version, you’ll have access to the personalized sleep dashboard, emailed to you weekly to self analyse your sleeping, pointing out areas of potential improvement.
This short video explains some of the science behind the app:
It’s available for iOS and Android.
Read our Sleep Genius review.
Again, this is another smart alarm clock cum sleep analysis app and is a great, free app. The analysis portal is known as the Sleep Lab™ and provides comprehensive analysis of your various movements and sleep patterns.
You’ll have access to your short and long term sleep history in a variety of easy to read graphs and there’s a heart-rate monitor too for those who like to record their bodily functions when they wake. It doesn’t have a noise-recording option, unfortunately.
The alarm clock is designed to wake you at the lightest part of your sleep cycle and there are a handful of different alarms and white noise available to choose from.
There’s no good video for this app, unfortunately.
It’s available for iOS and Android.
What’s your favorite sleep tracking app?