Posted February 1, 2012 by Chris Reincher in Tech

App of The Week: Sleep Cycle

We all hate waking up for school or work after a great or terrible night of gaming with your buddies or playing with that guy that calls you a homo for using the USAS-12. Waking up in the morning sucks.

This semester I’m in classes from 9am to 10pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and one class on Friday and I also have work on the days where I’m not at school. This schedule would stop most normal people from playing videos games at night or even try to run a blog. Alas I am no normal person if you haven’t figured this out yet. Not only do I play video games, I also have to study for my school work too.

So now you’re probably thinking, “Wow this guy must really hate waking up in the mornings then”, and to be honest you’re correct. I actually hated waking up in the morning, but I have found out something that has recently made waking up in the mornings a breeze. There is an app on iTunes called “Sleep Cycle”, and how it works is pretty interesting. It takes the time that you plan on waking up and it gives you a pre-determined time to head to bed. What this does is that when we sleep we sleep in cycles, and when you wake up during this cycle you will feel groggy. So when you enter the time that your alarm will wake you up, it gives you times best suited to head to bed so that when you wake up you will just be coming out of the sleep cycle and you will feel refreshed.

Let me use my schedule as an example of how this works. On Mondays/Wednesdays:

  • I wake up around 6 to meditate and do a cardio work
  • Get ready for school
  • At 8:30 I head to school
  • Start my school day at 9:30 am
  • Ends Classes 10:00 pm
  • Get home around 10:30
  • Work on website stuff till about 2:30 or 3am’


What this app helps you with is that even with a wacky schedule like mine, you can wake up with without wanting to punch a panda in the face. I surprisingly wake up less groggy and I’m able to get my day started.

There are two versions of this app. Free and pro, I’ve been using the free app so far and it works like I want it to. One mode lets me enter the time that I want to wake up and it will estimate what time I should be heading to sleep so I can get a full sleep cycle. The other mode automatically give me the set time to wake up if I went to sleep at that moment.


All in all I’ll say that this is a pretty handy app, and since it’s free there is nothing to lose here.

Chris Reincher

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