CREATED May. 23, 2013
People will struggle with insomnia at some point in their life, and now there's an app for it! If you have trouble sleeping, your smart phone can now monitor your sleep patterns, and sleep experts say they can actually work.
"Television news is a 24/7 business. We have people working in the newsroom at all hours of the day and night. I wear a lot of different hats. I work at, sometimes at 5 a.m. sometimes at 4 a.m., sometimes at 2:30 p.m., sometimes at 9 a.m. I'm all over the place," said Beth Debevoise, News Producer.
When Debevoise turned to her iPhone to find an alarm, what she ended up finding was a sleep app. For the last four months, she's been monitoring her sleep patterns on her phone. The app she chose is called "Sleep Time." It charts how long plus the length and quality of the "zzz's" she's catching.
But what do the experts have to say? Sleep Specialist Dr. Robert Geck says the technology in your phone is surprisingly sensitive. "If used properly, it can feel even small movements and paint a pretty accurate picture."
Sleep apps can even be set to wake you up at the optimal time, so you don't feel groggy. If you have a sleep partner, or a pet in your bed, make sure you put the phone as close to you as you can, so that it only detects your movements.