Sleep as Android app

An app to help you track your sleep cycle patterns.

Sleep as Android By Urbandroid Team
Features
  • Sleep tracker
  • Alarm clock
  • Graphs to create a sleep record
  • Snore recording
Clinical review


Free version: 
Two out of five stars



Paid version:

User reviews

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Available from App website            Google Play 
Cost Basic (free 2 week trial): paid upgrade

What does the app do?

For a two week trial, users have access to all features, including snore recorder and sleep aid. This app utilizes CAPTCHA technology for its smart alarm to ensure the user is awake and out of bed. To turn off the alarm, the user must scan a QR code located in the bathroom or shake the phone heavily. It also can sync to a commercially available smartwatch to track sleep using the watch's built-in motion sensor, or accelerometer, and an anti-snoring feature that vibrates the watch when it detects snoring. The upgraded version, also a featured app, Sleep as Android Unlock, gives users unlimited access to the app's features beyond the two week trial. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or App website and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android) or the app website.

PROS CONS 

✔ The system used to monitor sleep is called actigraphy which is typically moderately accurate compared to polysomnography.

✔ Snore recording; integrated alarm; bedtime notification 

✔ Nature sounds for inducing sleep.

✔ Sync data to the cloud.

✔ Link to many other devices such as Phillips HUE lights, wearables, oximetry to pre-screen for sleep apnoea (not reviewed, quite expensive, $119 USD + shipping), a contactless sleep monitoring device called “sleep phaser” (not reviewed, $89 USD + shipping), and a “sleep mask” (not reviewed $69USD + shipping).

✘  I could not find any evidence of the app having been validated in research for it’s accuracy compared to the gold standard of polysomnography.

✘ Actigraphy is less accurate in those people with very poor sleep, restless legs, and who have minimal activity during times of wakefulness.

✘ You have to keep your phone on your bed, or wear a device that syncs to the app.

✘ It may detect multiple awakenings that you weren’t aware of which could cause anxiety.

Privacy and security

The app does collect information relating to your sleep patterns. By using the apps Sleep Cloud service, users agree to share their sleep data for analysis and research. The app has a Permissions and Terms of Service section on its website which states that the developers reserve the right to use your anonymized, non-identifiable data in any way including the right to perform different data analysis including by any delegated 3rd party. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: April 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 20180316
Size: 14.92 MB
Updated on: March, 2018

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