A good night’s sleep benefits your heart, your body weight, and your mind, among other things. But it is often something we compromise on. While technology could be one of the causes for it, it can also provide solutions to help you get quality sleep. We take a look today at the helpful Pillow sleep tracker app for iPhone. It helps you understand your sleep patterns and lets you be more conscious of your sleep time.
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Best Features of Pillow Sleep Tracker App
- Lets you monitor and analyze your Sleep cycles
- Provides detailed information about your heart rate during sleep.
- Gives full sleep statistics and analysis for daytime naps
- Connects with Apple Health app to compare your sleep quality with other metrics like weight, & blood pressure
- Offers personalized experiments, recommendations & sleep tips.
- Constantly updated with helpful information to help you improve your sleep.
- Your sleep data is securely backed up and synced across all your devices with iCloud.
- Works even with the Apple Watch
How Pillow Works
Pillow tracks your sleep habits in a fairly simple way. Just open the app before you’re about to hit the bed, set the time you’d like to wake up and hit the Start button. The app lets you take some sleep notes after that, such as whether you were reading a book before sleeping or you had a late night snack. If you have nothing to add, just place the phone under the pillow and hit the sack.
While you are sleeping, the app will use the sensors to track your sleep movements, like your tossing and turning. It will convert all of that information into graphical data so you can see the different stages in your night’s sleep. This will move from a light sleep to deep sleep and REM sleep.
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The app also computes a Sleep Quality metric using the data to indicate how well you slept. Pillow doesn’t just work with the regular night sleep, it also detects and analyses data for naps or short sleeping sessions.
Pillow studies your sleep data and offers personalized tips and recommendations to help you improve your sleeping habits. If you have an alarm set, it selects the best possible time to wake you up. And when you wake up, it lets you record your mood. This way it can help you evaluate how your mood is affected by your sleep pattern.
Integration with Health App
If you use Apple Health to record and analyze all your health metrics, you’ll appreciate Pillow’s Apple Health integration feature. After each sleep session, the app automatically adds your sleep duration to the Health app. When connected to the Health app, you’ll also get to see the Heart rate analysis for each sleep session.
The dashboard also lets you visualize how your sleep quality is affected by various metrics such as your weight, heart rate, blood pressure, caffeine and alcohol consumption, dietary calories and Nike Fuel activity.
Apple Watch Support
Pillow also works great with the Apple Watch. Just launch Pillow from your wrist, and it uses the smartwatch’s gyroscope to track your movements throughout the night. It will let you see last night’s report along with the heart rate analysis for the night.
One of the highlights of Pillow is the audio recorder that records the sounds you make when you are asleep. The recorder uses an advanced algorithm to identify sounds and effectively discard noise. When you wake up, you can play them, export them or delete them as required.
Backup with iCloud
Pillow uses iCloud to safely backup your sleep records. This makes it easy to access your sleep data from any connected iOS device. If you have a Runkeeper account, you can connect to it to automatically update your sleep data. And, you also have the option to export your database to CSV format for further analysis.
Pillow is a beautifully animated, intuitive sleep tracker app. It is also feature rich, making it easy to see your sleep patterns over a period of time. Once you can see how your sleep pattern is affecting your mood or productivity the next day, you can make the required lifestyle adjustments.
As to how accurate the app works, I’d always like to take such readings with a pinch of salt. While there are bugs that throw a spanner in the works, now and then, for the most part, the app works well.
At the end of the day, you can see for yourself that a good sleep left you feeling more positive and motivated the next day, while a poor sleep caused stress and lethargy the following morning. Finding the right balance to your day and clocking in good quality sleep eventually is all up to you and your determination to make things work. Pillow certainly plays a positive role in helping you achieve this.
Pillow is free to download and use. Not all features are free though. To get the full benefits from the app, you can go pro for $4.99. If you’ve been looking for reliable sleep trackers on the App Store, I would definitely recommend you check out Pillow.
Don’t forget to drop us a line about your experience with the app. We’d love to hear if Pillow helped you improve your sleep or left you sleepless with worry. (I can never sleep with the iPhone in my bed.)