Good Mornings provides a way to track the quality of your sleep without the hassle of an extra device.
A good night’s sleep is essential to a productive and healthy life. But, how do you know if you are actually getting a ‘good’ night’s sleep? There is an emerging market of apps and devices that are designed to help you track sleep patterns as part of your total picture of health. These tools can’t really assess your quality of sleep, but what they can do is track your movement. I’ve used a few wearables that work in this fashion and basically, you tell the device when you go to bed for the night. From that time until you tell the device to exit ‘sleep mode,’ your movements will be tracked in conjunction with your sleep time. This is the same theory behind Good Mornings, an iOS app from Apalon Apps.
I was introduced to Good Mornings from Apalon Apps a few days ago. It’s designed to help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. Apalon has some really interesting iOS apps that I’ve been a fan of for a while now. Good Mornings tracks your movements through the sensors in your iPhone. To use it, you set it on your bed next to where you sleep. Throughout your sleep period, Good Mornings records your light and deep sleep according to your movements. You set a wake up time and 30 minutes before that time, the app starts sounding an alarm during your lightest period of sleep. This alarm is designed to gently wake you from sleep so that you are more refreshed than being jolted from sleep like many alarms do.
So far, Good Mornings has worked very well. The problem for me is that I have a memory foam mattress that does not transfer movement across the bed. It’s designed this way to keep you from disturbing your spouse while sleeping. Because of this, I was worried that Good Mornings would not pick up enough movement to track my sleeping. I felt that to truly track your sleep you need something on your body or under your body to pickup the best information. Fortunately, I was wrong and even with the iPhone laying next to me through the night, Good Mornings has done a good job of tracking my movements while I sleep.
Good Mornings is a nice app that is easy to use. It’s got a beautiful interface and reports a nightly record of your sleep every morning. The app is only $1.99 and is a great alternative to some of the pricier options out there for wearables that complete the same task. If you are looking for a way to monitor the quality of your sleep, give Good Mornings a try.