Friday, June 26, 2015

Rise and Shine! Take on the Morning Feeling Well Rested and Ready to Go.

We all know those select few people who hit the ground running as soon as that alarm clock makes its first morning wail. These people seem to have all the energy in the world before their first sip of coffee. Then, there are the rest of us. We are the incessant snooze button worshipers. The people who have the daily, morning battle between looking presentable for work or just 15 more minutes of sleep. We look to those chipper morning people like they surely can't be human. But, what if we could all become “morning people”? What if we could constantly wake up feeling well rested and ready to take on the day? Thanks to a new application called Sleep Cycle this distant dream can now become a reality. How can a phone application make me feel more rested you may ask? This app works by tracking your sleep cycles throughout the night. Each sleep cycle can last about 90 minutes, varying from light sleep to the deepest sleep (REM). The application allows you to set a wake up phase between 10 and 90 minutes long. This is the range of acceptable times you would be willing to wake up. By simply choosing your preferred settings and placing your smart phone under your body while you sleep the application can track your body’s movement and determine exactly which sleep phase you are in. When the phone detects movement that indicates you are in a light sleep cycle during your desired wake up phase it will sound an alarm. Waking up in a lighter sleep cycle allows you to feel more rested and rise easier than if you were to have your typical alarms go off during a deep sleep cycle.  The application even generates graphs showing exactly which sleep cycle you were in at a specific time of night. Thanks to our constant innovations in technology, becoming a “morning person” may no longer be such a far-fetched dream. Download the Sleep Cycle app and give it a try. You may just wake energized and ready to take on the world!

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