Popular Sleep Cycle iPhone App Expands to Apple Watch With 'Snore Stopper' and Haptic Wake Up Features

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Sleep Cycle, a popular and highly downloaded alarm clock and sleep tracking app available for the iPhone, today announced a new Apple Watch app that introduces more features for an even better waking up experience. With the Sleep Cycle for Apple Watch, Sleep Cycle users can enable "snore stopper" and silent wake up options.

    Sleep Cycle uses "sound analysis technology" to detect when someone is snoring, subtly alerting them with a silent vibration sent to the Apple Watch for a more restful night of sleep. The company says that this will "not cause you to wake up," but instead simply encourage you to change position and stop snoring.


    Additionally, the app has a silent wake up function that taps you with haptics to wake you from sleep and avoid disturbing anyone else nearby. Sleep Cycle will also continuously track your heart rate average, providing data that you can revisit when you wake up.
    Sleep Cycle on iPhone also uses the same sound analysis technology that tracks snoring to detect movement in an effort to distinguish different sleep phases and provide information on sleep length and quality. This information, which can be viewed on either iPhone or Apple Watch, is used to determine the best time to wake a sleeping person up in the morning, with the aim of cutting down on grogginess by waking people up during the lightest sleep phase.


    Sleep Cycle on Apple Watch follows a few sleep tracking apps that have been popular on the App Store, including Sleep++ (which updated recently with automatic sleep tracking), Pillow, and AutoSleep. For Sleep Cycle, the app is free to download and has a collection of features for free, while other features can be added on with a "premium" subscription at $29.99/year.

    Beddit is another well-known sleep monitor app, which was acquired by Apple about a year ago. Beddit's sleep tracking data is accumulated using a thin, flexible sensor -- sold for $149.95 on Apple.com -- that provides detailed sleep analysis in areas like respiration, temperature, movement, snoring, and more. Apple's acquisition of Beddit hinted at potential implementation of similar sleep tracking technology in a future Apple Watch, but as of yet the company has not launched a wearable device with built-in sleep analysis features.

    Sleep Cycle is available to download for free on the App Store [Direct Link].

    Mitchel Broussard contributed to this report.

    Article Link: Popular Sleep Cycle iPhone App Expands to Apple Watch With 'Snore Stopper' and Haptic Wake Up Features
  2. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    If I wear my watch while I sleep, when am I supposed to charge it?
  3. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    I charge it when I take a shower.
  4. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I'm glad I didn't have to scroll far to find the obvious question. I don't own an Apple Watch and even I'm aware of this flaw!
  5. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    It only take about 45 mins to charge. While I usually charge it overnight, I sometimes do it while I am getting ready in the morning.
  6. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The Series 3 can last almost 3 days, and takes ~30 minutes to charge. You can charge it during a shower, over dinner, etc. Charging is 100% not a problem with the new watches.
  7. MLVC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2015
    Maastricht, The Netherlands
    It charges really fast, and I lose about 5% overnight. I charge it when showering in the morning and top it off before going to sleep. It really is a non-issue.
  8. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Thin? Flexible? Sounds perfect for an Apple Watch band.

    As for sleep tracking, does the new Apple Watch actually last long enough to do that and charge up fast enough in the morning while showering? I'm still on Series 0 and it usually dies between 7-10pm depending on how much longer than 30 minutes I exercised that day—and that's after I've optimized all the settings for battery efficiency. I'm hoping the rumors about a slightly bigger display are true because it means we could get a bigger battery. mLED would also be cool because that could help cut down on battery drain even more. Isn't mLED a lot brighter than OLED, so you could theoretically run it in a lower power state to have equivalent brightness?
  9. Xenc macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
  10. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    This has me reconsidering an Apple Watch, heh. If only I didn't love my retro-style Casio G-shock so much.
  11. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    This really makes me want to trade my Series 2 in now.
  12. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    How long do you shower? :D

    My AW takes about an hour to fully charge!
  13. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    My Series 3 LTE doesn't last three days...maybe 1.5-2.

    I charge mine when I shower in the morning, and then for 10-20 minutes before I go to bed. Most days, this is plenty. Once every couple weeks, I'll have to charge it again in the middle of the day, or for longer at night. But the battery has never bothered me at all.
  14. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    Philly Suburbs, PA
    Battery life was one of the things holding me back from getting an apple watch, but I finally caved about a month ago and got a series 3 cellular. It's been a non issue. I mean you can't compare it to a fitbit that only needs to be charged once a week, but I can easily get 2 days if need be. from a dead battery it charges to 80% in 1 hour and 100% after 2 hours. I usually just charge mine every morning while I eat breakfast and take a shower.

    Edit: your lifestyle will obviously have a big impact on battery life, for example if you use it for really long workouts, you'll need to charge more often. I've used it on 2-3 hour hikes and it still gets me through a solid 24 hours without needing to be charged.
  15. thogin macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2011
    I wore my Apple Watch to bed one night and it woke me up at 2:50AM and told me I need to stand. For a smart watch, that was pretty dumb.
  16. kissmo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    Budapest, Hungary
    I am curious on how it will behave on Series 2.
    I was looking for it for a long time since I am quite a snorer..... and I do want to handle this.

    Guess I will try it tonight.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 19, 2018 ---
    Jesus! As funny as it sounds - I hope I will not get this during the night.
  17. simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    Well if this works for a problem snorer I reckon many partners will have no hesitation justifying a second Apple Watch just for sleeping with if charging becomes an issue!
  18. honglong1976 macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2008
  19. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Pretty excited for this new features especially the waking up silently part.
  20. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    does the watch app work automatically, like autosleep?

    i used Sleep Cycle for years until I got my apple watch....then switched to autosleep and have been quite impressed with it. not seeing any reason to switch back.
  21. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    Put it on theater mode when you go to sleep. It saves battery life and you won't get any notification sounds.
  22. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
    I agree, Autosleep is a very nice app, lots of info and no user input required.
  23. Kermit262 macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2014
    Central Ohio
    I don’t understand why the built in alarm on the AW does not have the option to wake up silently. That’s truly an oversight.
  24. PeterJH3 macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2017
    Atlanta, GA
    But does theater mode override a sleep app that needs to notify you??
  25. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014

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