Developed by a Ph.D student and under the supervision of a sleep clinician, the integrity and usefulness of this app is guaranteed. We use techniques that are proven to help you get a better night of sleep. This includes, muscle relaxation training, cognitive training, stimulus control, and sleep hygiene.
Additionally, we have teamed up with SmartWav, a company who specializes in the creation of clinically-endorsed audio soundtracks. They have developed an innovative sleep system that uses a new Rolling White Noise™ technology that is integrated with the iPhone's ability to loop music throughout the entire night, in order to lure your body to a deeper sleep from the inside-out.
Health Coach: Proactive Sleep can track all of the major behaviors and habits that affect your health. These behaviors are then analyzed by Proactive Sleep so you can receive feedback on how they relate to one another. Tracking how these behaviors relate enables you to understand their unique effects on your health, happiness, and productivity. Behaviors include:
1) average sleep amount 2) sleep efficiency 3) average bedtime 4) bedtime consistency 5) morning grogginess 6) relaxation training 7) mood 8) productivity 9) exercise 10) diet 11) caffeine use 11) nicotine use 12) alcohol use 13) stimulus control 14) medication use.
Alarm Clock: Proactive Sleep is also a first class alarm clock. The alarm clock includes:
- Setting alarm clock music to anything in iTunes and shuffle up to 3 songs
- Free ambient music and the ability to play any music from iTunes for music to help you fall to sleep
- Snooze feature
- Notepad to write about daily activities
- Setting and tracking sleep goals
- Stimulating Game to help you to awaken feeling alert and also to measure morning grogginess
- Multitasking compatible so phone calls, etc, won't affect the alarm
- Editing and deleting sleep entries
- Researched information about sleep
Scientific Research Tool: The Proactive Vigilance Game was tested to determine if it was sensitive to morning grogginess. In a book chapter that was published in the 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics it was shown that performance on the vigilance game predicted sleep amount.
WHY WAKING UP IN A LIGHTER PHASE OF SLEEP IS A GIMMICK - for those of you interested in a quick fix to your grogginess, by waking up in a lighter phase of sleep, please allow me to walk you through why this is unrealistic. Yes, if you wake up in a deep phase of sleep instead of REM or light sleep you will feel more groggy in the morning. However, the more you sleep throughout the night, the less deep sleep you get. If you sleep a healthy amount, the last half-hour of sleep will be composed of about 1% deep sleep. So even if you could wake in a lighter phase of sleep by monitoring things like body movement (which the evidence suggests that you cannot do), it would only be useful to do this in a situation of sleep deprivation. However, if you are sleep deprived, your wakeup time should always be based on getting the most sleep possible because, while waking up in a lighter stage of sleep could momentarily help your grogginess, the effects of sleep deprivation will hinder you in the long-term, as the day progresses. The best way to prevent daytime grogginess and improve your sleep is to sleep a healthy amount and to get deeper sleep.
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Proactive Life believes that when science meets technology products that are proactive and healthy can emerge. Specifically, we make iPhone applications that people can use to improve their daily lives. Our first application is based on sleep.