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Sleep Cycle alarm clock

By Northcube AB


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Waking up made easy.

An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.

Sleep Cycle helps millions of people to wake up rested.

Featured in: CNN, Wired, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, The New York Times.

#1 Top Paid app in United States
#1 Top Paid app in United Kingdom
#1 Top Paid app in Japan
#1 Top Paid app in Germany
#1 Top Paid app in France
...and more.

"It just works. Period. It does exactly what it advertises which is absolutely amazing."
--5/5 stars on

Sleep cycle is continuously rated as the best smart alarm clock and is the world’s most used intelligent alarm clock.


* Our patented technology monitors your sleep movements using sound or vibration analysis.

* Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time.

* Recommended placement: Near the bed or on the floor.


As you sleep you go through different phases, ranging from deep sleep to light sleep. The phase you are in when your alarm goes off is critical for how tired you will feel when you wake up.

Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle can use the microphone or accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movements and determine which sleep phase you are in.

Sleep Cycle wakes you when you are in your lightest sleep phase.

Sleep Cycle was developed using proven sleep science and years of research and development.




√ Sleep analysis with our patented sound analysis technology or if you prefer, the sensitive accelerometer in your iPhone

√ Detailed sleep statistics and sleep graphs

√ Carefully selected alarm melodies

√ Snooze by shaking or double tapping the phone lightly

√ Fully integrated with Apple Health. Exchanges sleep analysis and heart rate

√ Customizable wake up window. From instant (regular alarm clock) up to 90 minutes

√ Background mode - set your alarm and exit Sleep Cycle - sleep analysis will continue in the background

√ Support for the M7 and M8 co-processor - measure your daily physical activity and see how it affects your Sleep Quality

√ Export sleep data to Excel for detailed analysis


√ Online backup - secure your data online to make sure it’s always with you

√ Long term trends - compare your sleep with the world

√ Sleep aid - helps you fall asleep faster

√ Sleep notes - see how events such as drinking coffee, eating too much or having a stressful day affect your sleep quality

√ Wake up mood - see how using Sleep Cycle affects your morning moods

√ Weather - see how weather affects your Sleep Quality

√ Heart rate monitor - measure your resting heart rate (RHR) every morning using the built-in camera in your device

√ Philips HUE light bulb support - simulate a natural sunrise to give you an even softer wake-up

and more


Ability to charge your phone by the bed.
Ability to place your phone near the bed, such as on a nightstand table or on the floor.


The optional yearly Premium subscription costs $1.99 per year.

It will be charged from your iTunes account after the purchase. You can manage or cancel your auto-renewable subscription by entering the user settings in iTunes after the purchase. The subscription will be auto-renewed 24 hours before the subscription period ends with the same kind of subscription you already bought to the same price. It's not possible to abort the subscription during the time it's active. Terms:

What's New in Version 5.0.1


Fixed an issue where existing paying users did not get Premium for free automatically (forever).
Important bug fixes and improvements.


After two years of extensive research and testing, Sleep Cycle introduces:

Patented Sound Analysis Sleep Tracking

New groundbreaking sound analysis technology with a new patented intelligent algorithm, trained to identify sounds generated by your movements in bed during sleep. Place the phone near the bed or on the floor and Sleep Cycle’s sound analysis will track your sleep and wake you up at the optimal time in the morning. Using machine learning, Sleep Cycle automatically identifies and ignores all sounds that are not generated from your movements in bed. Two in the bed? Sleep Cycle will now link both phones automatically to each other and determine from where the sound is coming from, before adding it to the sleep analysis of the correct user.
(Enable sound analysis under Settings/Motion detection)

A new tab focuses entirely on long term sleep trends, giving you all the in-depth information, correlations and visual overviews you need. Connecting you to the world of sleep through sleep stats from across the globe.

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Customer Reviews

Best lifestyle change I have ever made

This app is incredible and improves with every update. I feel so much better during the day and wake up so much more happier.
You can add extra notes to help analyse your sleep, and when I initially got this app, I was also drinking heavily. I added 'went to bed tipsy' and 'went to bed drunk' as one of my biggest reasons for drinking so much was as it made me fall asleep really easily. Turns out my sleep quality was poor, and I didn't notice until I started looking at trends.
Not only have I kicked the alcohol habit, I don't have the 'ugh why am I awake' feeling that I'm sure a lot of people can relate to.
I've discovered that going to bed later doesn't necessarily mean I will be more tired the next day and I can see that as my sleep has improved over time, my resting heart rate has too. It's awesome! Sleep is such a mysterious thing and being able to fully understand my sleep has improved my lifestyle ten fold and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially those who may have slightly disruptive sleeping patterns, do night shifts or have trouble sleeping and can't pin point why.

For the money, genius!

I have been using this app for years & everything I said in my original review below, still stands. The new feature of having the phone by the side of the bed is brilliant! I did have the phone drop on the floor on occasion in the past so the new method is much better for me. The people at Sleep Cycle are brilliant for creating such a useful & clever app & it is definitely worth the money. Don't hesitate.

59p to ensure you wake up fresh as a daisy every morning? Why not take a chance. After using this app for a week I am both delighted and amazed. I love seeing my sleep-graph every morning & tracking the amount of sleep I've had & the quality of that sleep. I have struggled getting up in the morning for my entire teenage/adult life but this makes it much more pleasurable. I have a memory phone mattress, and it still works like a dream ;)

Ok, but a couple of disappointments

Update: liking the new look, but still has issues...
Over all, this app is satisfactory. Works with two in a bed and has some nice little features. However, there are two bugbears.
The first is that it does not differentiate between being in bed and being asleep when it updates the Health app. i.e. it shows you as asleep for all the time you have the Sleep app active (even when you take a while to fall asleep or wake up for a period before sleeping again).
The second is that no integrating of the Power Nap app, the authors have made them stand alone. The downside of this is that extra sleep during the day isn't recorded, not even in the health app... I don't see why they couldn't keep it simple and make it an add-on.

Sleep Cycle alarm clock
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  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.0.1
  • Size: 48.3 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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  1. Premium£1.49
  2. year SleepSecure membership£1.49