Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for May? Sleep better.
If you use apps to measure things like your exercise and eating habits, you know how self-quantifying can help inform your daily decisions and contribute to better quality of life. Consider adding one of these sleep-tracking apps to your regimen. They examine your sleep patterns, offer visualizations of your sleep data, and even offer personalized suggestions for getting a better night's rest.
Lark users wear wristbands armed with sensors that measure sleeping patterns. The data is transmitted via Bluetooth to your cell phone, then analyzed by the Lark Up app, which looks for patterns in how many hours you sleep and how often you wake up each night. Lark then makes custom recommendations based on your sleep trends.
Azumio, a company behind a suite of popular biofeedback apps, recently released this sleep tracker, which uses the iPhone's built-in accelerometer to monitor your movements throughout the night. The software uses that information to continuously determine which sleep cycle you're in, then wakes you in the morning when you're in the lightest sleep cycle.
The MotionX-Sleep solution allows you to use either an armband or your phone's internal sensors to gauge how long (and how well) you're sleeping. It's got additional features that make it easy to track your daily activity and calories burned, then visualize all of your sleep and movement data with a series of simple graphs.