Fullpower Technologies sent me a code to review their MotionX-Sleep app on my geek dad blog. It’s an app that tracks sleep and daily activities without any wire attachments. I’ve been playing with the app for about two weeks now. I love the MotionX-Sleep app and found it very useful. I think other people will find the app useful too. That’s why I’m giving 500 promo codes to my readers (thank you Fullpower Technologies!) MotionX-Sleep [Facebook | Twitter] is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices (iOS 4.2 or later). Head over to my MotionX-Sleep giveaway page to get a free code for the app (first 500 people). Continue on to read my app review.
The main purpose of the MotionX-Sleep app is to help parents and other lifeforms track their sleep cycle and optimize what little time they do have for sleep. In addition to monitoring sleep, the app can also monitor walking, function as an alarm clock, and provide almanac information.
The most important function of the MotionX-Sleep app is to help you optimize your sleep cycle. To do that, the app uses the sensors in your idevice to monitor the time you are awake, in light sleep and in deep sleep. Then the wake-up alarm wakes you up at the optimal time based on your cycle. In theory, it’s better to wake you up when you’re not in one of your deep sleep cycles.
To use the smart sleep cycle alarm, you set the time you want to wake up and the length of the wake-up window. The smart alarm will then wake you at the best time in the window before the set time. Other alarm options include snooze, alarm volume level, play sound (jungle, rain, ocean waves, etc) or a favorite song for the alarm, and vibrate (not available on the iPod Touch). Note: you have to use the app to record your sleep in order to use the smart sleep cycle alarm. Otherwise, the app has no way of knowing what part of the sleep cycle you are in.
The record sleep function of the app is actually what I like best about MotionX-Sleep. In the morning, I like to look at my sleep graph and stats: percent of goal, time to sleep, time awake, light sleep, time in bed, actual sleep, sleep efficiency, and deep sleep. In the sleep log, you can view stats for one day at a time, or for a period of 7 days or 30 days. You can’t export your stats, but you can share some of your stats via email, Twitter, and Facebook. BTW, the app has a test function to help you find a good place to place your device for recording your sleep. According to the press material, the app works with any mattress, including Tempur-Pedic. I tested the app on a memory foam mattress topper and didn’t have any problems.
The pedometer is another major function of MotionX-Sleep. The built-in pedometer can record your walks and provide you real-time information on the number of steps, calories, average cadence, and distance walked. There’s also a voice coach option that provides audio feedback while you are walking. Personally, I found the audio updates annoying. Luckily, there’s an option to disable the voice coach. In addition to recording timed walks, there’s also a 24/7 step count that monitors your activities throughout the day. This function records active time, idle time, steps, aerobic steps, and calories. Your walk activities are saved in the walk log (for timed walks) and daily steps log (for 24/7 step count).
Other features of MotionX-Sleep include goals setting (daily sleep and steps), video coach (six videos related to the app), and an almanac (sunset, sunrise, moonrise, moonset, day of year, week of year, length of night). I can get sunset and moonrise info elsewhere, but I like having this data integrated into the app.
As I said before, I love this app. However, I have to the leave my iPod on all night to use the app. This obviously drains the battery. The company recommends charging the device while you’re using the app at night. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a wall charger for my iPod Touch.
MotionX-Sleep is currently available for 99 cents (for a limited time), but 500 people can get a free code on my MotionX-Sleep giveaway page.