The Best Sleep Trackers and Alarm Apps for Android

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Better Sleep and Better Wake-Up Calls

Sleep tracking

Insomnia and other sleep disorders affect many people (including me) and there's no one way to treat these issues. Instead, you usually have to experiment with some combination of sleeping pills, therapy, and behavior modification, such as monitoring your caffeine and alcohol intake and increasing your physical activity. I've tried all this and more, but sometimes there's no obvious reason why I can't sleep or I simply need a reset. (As it turns out, women may be more likely to suffer from insomnia in the first place.) That's where apps can come in, once you've ruled out any medical issues. Whether you need help getting to sleep, staying asleep, or a gentler wake-up than a blaring alarm clock, here are some apps to try. Sweet dreams!  

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Sleepbot

Sleepbot

Sleepbot is a simple app that tracks how long you sleep each night and whether or not you're getting enough. Since it's not connected to a physical tracker, you have to tap a button when you're ready to go to sleep. When its alarm goes off in the morning, that counts as you waking up. You can also have the app track motion and record sound (presumably if you or your partner is a snorer. To use these features, you'll have to bring your smartphone into bed with you, which might be a bit weird. Sleepbot also has a resource section with tips on using the app, getting to sleep, and staying awake.

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pzizz

pzizz

The pzizz app is all about helping you get you to sleep and making it restorative. It uses 100 billion soundtracks that are designed to relax whether you're turning in for the night or need a power nap. Pzizz also has built-in alarms and can be used offline, which means you can use in when flying so you can show up at your destination refreshed. Based on the Google Play reviews, I'm planning to try this app out very soon.

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Sleep Genius

Sleep Genius

Can you go wrong with NASA approval? Sleep Genius was founded by neuroscientist Seth Horowitz, who had demonstrated that something called low-amplitude vestibular stimulation could induce sleep. Horowitz had been part of a NASA-funded team at State University of New York Stony Brook. The app uses specialized audio techniques to relax you and help you sleep; technology that is also used to help astronauts get a few winks. It also has alarms designed to gradually wake you up rather than be jolted out a bed by a traditional alarm clock.

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Alarm Clock Xtreme

Alarm Clock Xtreme

True to its name, Alarm Clock Xtreme is all about getting you out of bed in the morning. You can choose from a few types of alarms including ones that gradually increase in volume to gently wake you up and ones that require you to solve a simple math problem in order to snooze. The biggest issue I've had with using my smartphone as an alarm is finding the snooze button and avoiding the dismiss button. (I've overslept while traveling many times.) Alarm Clock Xtreme includes the option of a large snooze button so you can't miss it. You can also change the duration between snoozes and limit the number allowed. 

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Sleep as Android

Sleep As Android

Finally, Sleep as Android doubles as a sleep tracker and alarm, and uses your sleep cycles to determine when best to wake you. The app uses sounds and visuals to slowly pull you out of slumber and can also record snoring and other room noise. In order to snooze the app, you have to do an activity such as shaking the phone or doing a simple math problem. You can use it with Android Wear smartwatches too. I'm looking forward to trying all of these apps and improving my sleep. How about you?