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Sleep Cycle (Days #217 - #218)

Thanks to some people like mermaidkween talk about this iPhone app, Sleep Cycle, I thought I'd download it and give it a try, especially for the low price of a dollar. The thing works like a biorhythm alarm clock - sensing how you sleep and waking you up when you're already nearly awake so that you wake better rested. Typically, I fall pretty easily straight into REM sleep - something to do, I think with my crappy immune system, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. (So far, the sleep graph the application produces every morning, has proven that I don't spend much time in the 'light sleep' stages like a normal person.) Because I fall so sharply into REM, I typically get sort of awake when Matt gets up, and then by the time I need to get up, he's waking me up during a REM cycle - which sucks. The point of this is that it wakes me up in that sort of awake stage I hit after Matt gets up. It's not perfect, but after a few days, I already feel like I'm waking up much better - as in it takes me far less time to get moving. Also, as a bonus side-effect since it's waking me up when I'm already moving, I'm waking up far less stiff and sore than normal too.

The only problem I'm having so far is that I'm occasionally knocking my phone on the floor in the night. It's sturdy, so I'm not worried about the phone so much as that it wakes me up when it happens. I haven't been sticking it under the sheets though, so I might try that.

Seeing as how most biorhythm alarm clocks are pretty pricey investments, paying a dollar for this application, seems like a steal. I'll know more in the long-term, but already I'm seeing an improvement. Why don't doctors recommend things like this for Chronic Fatigue patients? (Answer: It doesn't make them money.)

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Last night, I had my first private class up at Urban Arts + Crafts. Some beginner students I taught a few weeks ago all wanted to try out another class, with a different project. They all agreed on the easy hat class, so we set-up a private class for them. There was only three of them, so it went pretty smoothly, once everyone got there. I had two students that were a little late due to a huge accident somewhere near the store. While I waited, one of my students from the Capelet class showed up with some questions. She was just lucky I was there, so I could help get her straightened out and back on the right path. I'm a little worried though about her finishing up her homework before class tomorrow. We'll see. This is the first time we're doing the capelet pattern as a class, so I'm not sure what to expect from everyone.

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germsama
Mar. 12th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
I love Sleep Cycle. I've been using it for awhile now and it's one of the best apps I've purchased. In addition to waking you up during a light sleep phase, the alarm tones are really nice. Fading in and out slowly so as not to jolt you out of bed. A lot of times I wake up half an hour before I intended to feeling fully rested.

On the other hand, I have a problem with my cats jumping on my bed at inconvenient times and tricking the alarm into going off. And I don't wake up feeling so rested. For that, I wish there were a snooze button. :(
to_paraphrase
Mar. 12th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
I've been trying a few apps for sleep myself. I've tried pzizz sleep (that's the one that made me think someone was watching me), AmbiScience (which has that bass type rhythm underneath the music) and Naturespace (the Thundergod one is ACES). I might have to try this one out too.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 18th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
WebMD Fibromyalgia Exchange
That’s great the app is helping! You have some great tips; share with the WebMD Fibromyalgia Exchange community. http://exchanges.webmd.com/fibromyalgia-exchange
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