Sleep tracking is an interesting and often, useful method to optimize your sleep cycles and wake up feeling really fresh. Dozens of sleep tracker apps for iPhone have been developed to help you track your sleep.
The best sleep tracking setup is one that involves wearable and a companion iOS app. (although the best sleep tracking setup is no setup if you ask an Oriental). There are some very good, high-grade sleep tracking apps too that make use of M7 co-processor in iPhone 5s.
Here’s some of the best sleep tracking apps for iOS 7
#1. UP from Jawbone
UP by Jawbone is the companion app to UP or UP24 wristband. The UP system is a complete fitness app that can be used for a lot of fitness-related tracking. But most interestingly, the UP system helps you track and analyze your sleep cycles. Like a few apps, UP will identify the right time to wake you up after a few days of use so that you wake up feeling fresh. It times the alarm based on your sleep cycle. There is also a Power Nap feature which lets you sleep for shorter durations but still feel refreshed when you wake up. To top it all, it will suggest the optimal times to sleep.
One more app that takes its cue from a gadget that you wear on yourself is Fitbit. The app collects data from any of the Fitbit products (One, Ultra, Flex, Force) and compiles a chart of your sleep cycle. From tracking the number of hours you sleep to charting out the various levels of sleep you hit when you sleep, the app comes as a decent resource. It is do smart computing like UP but it gives a pretty good idea about your sleep.
If you have an iPhone 5s, Fitbit will make use of the M7 co-processor to track. For sleep tracking, however, a Fitbit accessory would be most optimal.
#3. Sleep Cycle
Perhaps, the most comprehensive, minimal and affordable of all the sleep trackers is Sleep Cycle. It doesn’t use any extra wearable; just the iPhone by your bedside (so that it can track your movements as you sleep) is enough for the app to gather data throughout your sleep cycle. Sleep Cycle times the alarm in a 30-minute window that gradually wakes you up so that you feel fresh. Over time, it gives you insights into your sleeping cycle with interesting measurements that quantify how well you’ve slept. It also supports iPhone 5s’s M7 co-processor.
Download Sleep Cycle
#4. MotionX 24/7
MotionX boasts an intensive set of sleep tracking features with things like background noise for inducing sleep. While it provides the basic features like optimal wake-up cycle based on how you sleep, the app also provides options to pick your favorite song as the alarm. And it’s probably one of the few apps that monitor and correlate your heart-rate to sleep quality and provide some insights on this.
Download MotionX Sleep Cycle Alarm
#5. Sleep Time
As a final addition to the list, Sleep Time is your go-to app when you want a simple, free sleep tracking app. The app does have interesting and useful features that help you hack your sleep cycle and understand the optimal times. The Sleep Lab feature is where you get most of your data from.
Download Sleep Time