Totum Sleep Guest Blogger, Alexander Kessaris
It’s 3:00 a.m., and you’re in a race against the clock to get all of your work done before a brand new day of work. You silently curse yourself for procrastinating and realize that sleep will have to wait. The assignment is finally completed and your bed welcomes you with open arms. Fast forward four hours…BEEP!!! BEEP!!! BEEP!!! BEEP!!! The alarm clock jerks you out of your deep slumber and demands the start of the day. You reluctantly slump out of bed and start your morning routine: shower, coffee, breakfast, anything to wake you up. You make a promise to yourself to get to bed earlier tonight and avoid this drowsy torture.
I’m currently in my first year of college, and I’ve been in this situation enough times to know that waking up can suck, especially if you’re not properly regulating your schedule. Sick of groggily starting off my day for those diabolical 8:00am Chemistry classes, I decided that I needed an alternative to my phone’s alarm clock. After some browsing on the app store, I discovered “Sleep Time! zZz Sleep Cycle Alarm” by Aperture Mobile. The app’s description claimed to “sense your movements in bed and wake you up when you’re in your lightest sleep state possible.” It was free (college budget and all) so I figured I’d give it a go. All you have to do is select what time you’re going to bed and the app calculates when you will be most awake during your sleep cycle. You can also enter what time you want to wake up to calculate when to go to bed. Another interesting feature is by placing the phone on your bed, your movement is tracked throughout the course of your sleep to determine your unique sleep cycle.
My trial for the app turned out to be an appropriate scenario. I embraced my warm bed after submitting my Freshman Seminar Essay at 2:00am, and I had an 8:00am class the next day. I entered 2:00am into the “If I Go to Bed At:” option, and I selected 6:46 from my optimal wake up times. I’ll admit I was doubtful that not getting the maximum amount of sleep possible would allow for a more natural wake-up. I woke up the next morning to the soothing sounds of a rock song I had pre-selected (my roommate doesn’t quite appreciate this). However, instead of groaning and taking my hateful vengeance on the snooze button, I found myself feeling refreshed and surprisingly awake. I practically jumped out of bed with rejuvenated energy and started my day on a high note.
I’ve been telling all my college friends about this game-changing app, and so I figured that this post would be the next step to sharing it with others. There is no replacement for the healthy benefits of a full 7-9 hour sleep, but when you’re faced with late nights and early mornings, you do what you can to start the day energized.