We spend a large portion of our lives sleeping. Some days we actually look forward to hitting the pillow. Just like our Android smartphones and tablets need charging, we also require a good night of sleep. But sleeping is not enough, and sometimes too much sleep can be very tiresome. This is where a sleep cycle app for Android comes in handy.
The app will not only allow you to sleep effectively but also improve the quality of the sleep you get. If you use a cheap charger for your smartphone, it may take a lot of time to charge the device. It’s the very same with sleeping, the quantity never matters. It’s the quality which counts.
We have included some great sleep cycle apps for Android in this article. There are some closely related apps in the article too. They are not necessarily sleep cycle apps, but they augment the whole experience. With this article we aim to find the best sleep cycle app for Android, and of course for you.
Note: All of the sleep cycle apps were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.4 Kit Kat based ROM called beanstalk. Some of the apps were also tested on a Nexus 7 tablet. These apps were thoroughly tested throughout a week and are found to improve your sleeping habits and quality.
1. Sleep as Android – Free and $3.69
Sleep as Android to wake refreshed
1.a Free Version
Sleep as Android is the best sleep cycle app for Android available on the Google Play Store. The app does exactly what it is advertised to do in simplicity and style. The app has a sleep tracking feature which allows you to calculate the optimal wake up time. This in turn allows you to wake up feeling fresh and ready to tackle the day without feeling fatigued or tired. What if you snore at night? The app can also record any sounds you make with its intuitive features.
- Sleep tracking is a great way to adjust sleep time.
- The app looks great on tablets.
- Nature sounds and lullabies for easy nap time.
Sleep as Android features puzzle alarms. This means when the alarm goes off, you will need to solve a mildly complex puzzle in order to turn it off. This is a great way to make sure you actually wake up at the designated time.
1.b Paid Version – $3.69
This version basically unlocks the app to give you more functionality. You receive additions such as sleep tracking and a wide selection of music.
2. Good Night’s Sleep Alarm – Free
All you need is a Good Night’s sleep
If you want to have a refreshing day, and not feel groggy all day long, you need to get some quality sleep. Sometimes when the alarm rings when you are in a deep state of sleep, it can impact your whole day with drowsiness and a state of unease. In order to avoid this, you can do two things. The first one is to go to sleep early. The second is to use this great app. The app basically determines when you are in REM sleep and wakes you up. REM sleep is classified as the period of light sleep, and the app uses the accelerometer to know if you are sleeping lightly or not.
- Great use of device’s accelerometer.
- Almost always knows when you are in REM sleep.
- Allows for a natural awakening.
Using the built-in charts, you can know how light or deep your sleep is. You can also know how many hours of deep sleep you got in a night.
3. Sleepy – Free
When to wake up?
Are you one of those people who take an hour to determine when to sleep and when to wake up? Worry no more, as one of the best sleep cycle apps for Android is here to rescue you. Sure Sleepy is not strictly a sleep cycle app, but it actually helps a lot when you need it. It is basically a calculator which has a very bleak and striped down interface. Despite being a simple looking app, Sleepy delivers what it promises. You can enter the time when you are going to bed and the app will give you suggestions on when to wake up. Or you can input the time you need to wake up, and the app tells you when you should go to sleep.
- Simple interface.
- Know when you can go to bed.
- Know when the right time to wake up is.
You can set an alarm directly from the app and you won’t need to re-enter the time again in the alarm app. While this is a small feature, it actually eradicates the annoyance of copy pasting.
4. Ambio – Sleep Sounds – Free
Musical embrace of sleep
Sometimes the quiet gets to you and you can’t sleep properly. And sometimes there is just to much noise to relax and visit the land of dreams. Ambio – Sleep Sounds is another app that helps you get a wholesome night of sleep. The app plays ambient sounds which are soothing and somewhat comforting to the listener. All you have to do is plug in your earphones and listen to the sounds played by the app. We were skeptical at first but after using the app we became fans. Your tension filled thoughts or stress inducing worries will fade away in the calmness of sea waves.
- Create your own playlists.
- You can also use your own sounds.
- The gentle startup is great.
- Crossfade and background play is available.
With this app you will be able to mix multiple ambient sounds available on the map. We especially recommend the ocean waves and crickets.
5. Sleep Talk Recorder – Free
I don’t wana go to school mom
Sleep Talk Recorder may not be a sleep cycle app for Android, but it does help you determine what is bugging you at night. Are your siblings or significant other complaining of snoring? Or are you worried that you mumble creative brilliance at night? Worry no more because with Sleep Talk Recorder on your side, you will be able to record whatever goes on at night. The best part is, this app is not a simple recorder. The recording activates instantly when you make a sound so the files are actually very small in size and the battery takes minimal impact.
- Great and simple to use interface.
- Records in 16 but 12 KHz HiFi sound.
- The recordings are categorized.
The recording starts in a millisecond thanks to the advanced filtering function in the app. This is truly remarkable if you want to know whether you snore.
6. Lightning Bug – Sleep Clock – Free
Buzz yourself to sleep
Some people find it hard to sleep at night. Sure they can use sleeping pills, which we frankly don’t recommend without a proper doctor’s order. Or they can try this great app first. Maybe you will find peace at night by listening to more than 200 sounds. There is something very soothing about listening to city trains when going to sleep. We found that by listening to some of these great sounds, we were able to sleep effectively.
- More than 200 sound samples are available.
- There are visualizations for sounds too.
- You can also control each sound’s frequency.
The app also has a clock, an alarm clock, local weather, sleep timer and screen timeout option. All in all, it’s a great app that deserves a shot if you find it hard to doze off.
7. Sleep Watcher – Free
Using the same standards used by the military and the flight industry, Sleep Watcher calculates when you will be the most alert. The app is the best sleep cycle app for Android when it comes to knowing when you will be the brightest and sharpest. It is basically a fatigue and alertness calculating app which uses your recent sleep patterns to devise precise plans. The app also keeps an extensive sleep schedule which helps you keep track of your sleeping timings and routine. The best part is that whether you sleep irregularly, the calculations are spot on.
- Alertness sand fatigue calculations.
- Sleep schedules are great.
- Alertness forecast chart is amazing.
The What ifs sleep graph allows you to measure and improve your existing sleeping habits. This will help you sleep better and wake fresher.
9. Sleep Cycle – Free
Slam and sleep
Sleep Cycle is the best sleep cycle app for Android when you are in a hurry to sleep. No one wants to fiddle around around with the smartphone or tablet to find the right time to sleep. This app allows you to calculate when, and for how many hours, you should sleep. The app has a very basic interface, but it doesn’t need to be fancy to provide usable and beneficial data.
- Extremely simple interface.
- Suggests optimal time for wake up.
- Recommends the best time to go to sleep.
The sleep now feature allows you to simply press a button and the app will show the best times to set your alarm clock to. There are no other tweaks to be done and with a press of a button, you will be off to dreamland.
10. Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson – $2.99
Are you sleepy now?
One thing is for sure, Andrew Johnson has a very soothing voice. This app is basically a recording by a guy named Andrew Johnson (presumably,) and it helps you get in the proper mood to receive a good night’s sleep. The app has a simple interface and very few options. You can select the short instructions, or the long ones, and the amount of repetition. After you begin the recording Mr. Johnson starts to give instructions in a very calm manner. The voice over is aided by a soothing melody played on a piano which really adds to the drowsiness.
- The instructions actually help.
- Easy to use and simple interface.
- Settings are minimalistic.
The calm voice of the instructor has an accent but the instructions and the piano soon makes you groggy and you will feel sleepy.
Thus concludes our 10 best sleep cycle apps for Android list. We hope that with the aid of these apps you will be able to get at least eight hours of great sleep time. Even if you work night shifts, these apps will help you stay fresh and alert during the working/studying hours. You might even be interested in alarm clock apps to wake up in the morning. Do tell us about your own personal fights with lady sleep. Does she come easy to you? Or do you struggle with sleep every night? We, like always, will love to hear from your side.