How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep Without Ditching Your Cell Phone

I’m back to tell you about another great feature of the Moto Assist app on your Moto phone: Sleep Mode! Shannon touched on it briefly in her blog about being productive at home, so I wanted to take a moment to show you how to set it up, and dive deeper into what the Sleeping mode can do for you.

One of the activity options for Moto Assist to recognize is your sleep schedule. After telling your phone that you want it to know when you are sleeping, you will have a few options to set up: The duration of sleep time, which notifications (if any) to allow during those hours, and to keep your screen from lighting up during the night. No more unwanted interruptions!

Check out this video on how to set up Sleep Mode:

 

Okay, so your phone is all set to go as far as helping you sleep better, but why not take it a step further? There are sleep apps available in the Play Store for you that can monitor your sleep habits and also improve the quality of your phone usage before you go to bed each night, enabling you to get a better night’s sleep every night.

The Twilight app for Android is an app that helps your phone (or tablet) screen adapt to the time of day. It has many features that are similar to the F.lux app that is available for the iPhone. From the Twilight app page, “It filters the flux of blue light emitted by your phone or tablet after sunset and protects your eyes with a soft and pleasant red filter. The filter intensity is smoothly adjusted to the sun cycle based on your local sunset and sunrise times.” This is super awesome! In layman terms, this means that the app will help your phone appropriately adjust to provide the least amount of strain on your eyes and on your brain. It filters the light that triggers your brain to stay wide awake for longer, allowing you to fall asleep easier after you are finished using your device. For more info, check out their app page!

Another sleep app to consider is the Sleep as Android app. This app, like the Twilight app mentioned above, can assist you in adjusting your screen lighting to help your brain fall asleep faster and easier. It can also record any snoring or sleep talk (which you should share with us for laughs!), can connect to certain smart watches, and it can play ambient sounds to help lull you into a peaceful slumber. One of the coolest features, though, is that the app can wake you up a little bit before your alarm goes off if it detects that you are moving around. You just give the app a timeframe to wake you up prior to your alarm if you begin to show signs of light sleep. This helps you wake up easier and feel more rested, as it is waking you up during a light sleep rather than during deep sleep. Again, check out their page linked above for more information on this nifty app!

Here are some other tips to help you sleep better:

  • Stopping all screen time 1-2 hours before bed can help you sleep better and easier
  • Stick to a sleep schedule
  • Exercise daily
  • Be sure your mattress and pillow are supportive and comfortable – the lifespan of most mattresses is about 9 to 10 years
  • Spend time winding down before bed by doing relaxing activities, like reading or stretching

If you use any of the above apps, or if you use an app that we didn’t mention, we’d love to hear about it! Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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