Sleep deprivation and other sleep-related issues are pervasive in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 50 to 70 million Americans have some form of sleep disorder. We’ve looked at passive sleep trackers but active apps and devices that help improve sleep are more useful. After all, you already know if you’re not getting enough sleep. Recently we wrote about the Thim smart ring and Avantech’s Sleepman smartwatch which both claim to help optimize sleep.
The Urbandroid Team‘s multifunction Sleep as Android app is, as it name implies, for Android devices only. The app is packed with features and functions and has nearly unlimited connectivity potential. The program’s core functions include sleep statistics and charts, sleep cycle tracking, and optimal smart wake up based on sleep phases. You can collect sleep deficit stats and set bedtime notifications. If you wish, natural sounds or binaural beats can help you fall asleep. You can configure gentle alarms to wake up to light and a variety of sounds. Sleep as Android will record your sleep talk and snoring and keep snoring statistics. An anti snoring system will vibrate your phone or flash lights when you snore. You can also pair the app with smartwatches, heart rate sensors, smart lights, and even pulse oximeters for sleep apnea pre-screening. There’s much more you can do with the app’s device and system interconnectivity and documented APIs. To cap off everything else, Sleep as Android can be used with smart home automation systems via IFTTT (If This Then That) recipes.
Sleep as Android is available as a free 14-day trial version, after which unlocking the full program costs just $3.99 for a one-time purchase. One of the most interesting features of Sleep as Android is its connectivity with other devices and systems. With programs in the health tech market with such wide reach, new silo apps and devices that cannot work with other vendors’ products and services may find it tough to build a following.