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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome to the SleepHealth Mobile App Study



Welcome to the SleepHealth Mobile App Study

The SleepHealth Study Team is interested in your feedback, thoughts and suggestions on how we improve the app for version 2. Unlike other studies you can talk directly to the study team here. 

What do you like? What don't you like? What features would you like to see? What survey questions would like to see added? We invite you to join us and other users in our Community Forum to talk directly to the study team and get help with any sleep issues that you may have. http://ow.ly/Z3nnf 

Best,

Darrel Drobnich
President
American Sleep Apnea Association

34 comments:

  1. Should I wear watch to sleep? I did on my first night and I'm not sure of the app has tracking functions or if the watch needs some update to track with this app.

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  2. I'm using Sleep ++ to provide time data for this study. It works well enough to provide quantitative data for this study.

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  3. I guess I misunderstood as well: I was under the impression that this provided similar functionality to apps like Sleep++

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  4. The Apple Watch app did not record my nap time. I think you may want to double check that issue

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  5. Yes, the description was a little confusing & I initially thought the app would track sleep.

    Also, if its possible to shorten the time of the alertness tracker, I think that'd be good. Or if it could be done from the Apple Watch, that would be handy as well.

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  6. I think it'd be great to also have a way to more quickly check off or select all the categories in the Personal Concierge list.

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  7. The turndown section refers to a FAQ but I couldn't find the FAQ

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  8. Having trouble getting the app to correct typing errors, The cursor sporadically freezes and cannot move.

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  9. Yes I had had the same concern. I went to their website to find FAQ. www.sleaphealth.org

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  10. The Microsoft band is a great sleep tracker but I have to enter the data manually every day. Would be nice to integrate with Microsoft Health as well to get all of my fitness data from there instead of solely relying on the Apple Watch.

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  11. Yes correcting typing error is a problem for me too. App does not allow me to jump direct to the misspelled word.

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  12. I was surprised that poor sugary diet wasn't mentioned as a factor for insomnia. Fluctuation of glucose levels and being overweight seems like the cause for many people.

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  13. My Sleep++ doesn't send any data the the Health app. Have you checked yours?

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    1. Sleep++ does actually write to Apple Health, however, with V2 there is a hoop to to jump through. After the sleep session (or later in the day) look at the iPhone app and then tap on the sleep session, (which expands it) and then tap on "Trim" at the bottom, and then tap on the "Done" button at the top. This will then push the information to Apple Health. For those keeping track, there is a great app called HeartWatch which gathers the heart rate data in a great way with good visualizations. If you use both Sleep++ and HeartWatch after you get the sleep session into Apple Health, HeartWatch will gather that heart rate data during the sleep session as well.

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  14. Not using electronics and turning down lights is smart but for some of us, the more practical solution is using goggles for 1 hour before bed that cut down blue light from iPhone, tv screen, light sources, etc. Brief Amazon reviews for goggles explain why this is.

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  15. I am hopeful that this app will eventually track sleep via the Apple Watch. Meanwhile I will continue to use SleepCycle, which integrates with Apple Health so the data can be shared.

    Editing here in the blog and in other places within the app, like the Journal, is very challenging. The Journal editor is hard to use, with no autocorrect, no way to go back to edit, and if an alert interrupts you, there is no way to continue after the alert is cleared. I tried creating an entry in another app, but I could not paste what I copied.

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  16. Would like for the Apple Watch to track sleep for me.

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  17. I would like this to track automatically with Apple Watch. I also use sleep++, but it would be great to reduce inputs

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  18. I think it would be great to see my stages of the sleep cycle including REM or deep sleep on my dashboard. It can help me see changes in wavelengths as well as help you guys see changes in patterns based on patients medical history.

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  19. I know under WatchOS 2.2 (the next one coming) does not have sleep tracking embedded... I am hoping that watchOS 3 they att it as an app... Until then Sleep++ appears to be the most stable option. My typical day is 16-18hrs and I have about 40-50% battery left. 20-30min on charger before sleep brings me back up to where even with sleep, in the morning I can drop it on the charger while getting ready in the am and it is 100% before I leave for the day. Can recommend Sleep++ and HeartWatch enough.

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  20. Can't correct when typing. Should read data on sleep from either Health App or UP etc.

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  21. I feel like there isn't much feedback here about what the app is doing -- If it's taking sleep data from Health, please recommend an app, and display the data in this app. If not, then the study has been misrepresented in the media and seems less interesting without real sleep data.

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    1. It it sounds like many of us would like the App especially the Apple Watch app to track sleep at a deep level. If you do track your sleep, tap on the dashboard and it pulls that sleep data in to the app along with steps and other information. If you have an Apple Watch, Check out Sleep++. I use it nightly and with the trim trick to get it to AH, this app pulls that data in. If you are looking for strictly a iPhone app, there are many good ones, MotionX24/7, SleepTime, Runtastic Sleep (which also works to see the impact of fitness, stress, caffeine and alcohol on sleep) to name a few. All write data to Apple Health. If you have an Apple Watch, Sleep++, Sleep Pulse, and HeartWatch track sleep, movement and work to provide a glimpse of light and deep sleep and wake times. Personally, SleepPulse has a bug in the current version that the Dev is working to fix so occasionally it doesn't write a complete set of data to AH so some days while the app will track it does not push to AH. That is an intermittent bug... I hope he can correct because it is a good app. Sleep++ has a new algorithm and tracks well, but gives more bulk data opposed to periods of deep and light sleep. It gives a "restless" percentage and minutes so even if you slept 8 hours vs 5 hours it will tell you how much time you body was restless as a percentage as a comparison to the total amount of sleep overall. It makes entering your sleep time in this app really easy. It also gives a "best quality" sleep time as a block of deepest sleep I.e. Best sleep 12:40-1:55a. Heart Watch tracks sleep natively also and monitors your heart rate too. It give a "restorative" sleep indicator and then you can drill into the heart rate data it collects too to see what was happening when you were sleeping. But it doesn't give the deep sleep vs light sleep comparison. What I fine works well for me is sleep++ to track sleep and the have heart watch pair off that data via AH to get the best of each app to analyze what happened over night.

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  22. Need to be able to enter your daily medications in one spot instead of having to enter them each day

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  23. One more thing. In a few weeks when iOS 9.3 is anticipated to be released you all will really like night shift.

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  24. 1) The journal entries should have spell check and allow you to scrub through the entry while you are typing it to edit previous text. Right now you can't do that..

    2) I use an app that logs my sleep into HealthKit. I would like the study to pull from that rather than cause me to say when I went to bed and woke up every morning.

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  25. I use Sleep++, too. That data feeds into the Health app. If SleepHealth extracts other data from the Health app, such as activity like steps taken, why can it not also pull the data in put from Sleep++?

    Second query is about typing. Highly annoying that the only way to make corrections in the journal entries is to completely erase back to where the correction needs to be made and retype everything. Also, why does the iPhone’s auto-spell feature not work in SleepHealth journal entries? It works here in this blog.

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  26. It would be better if this app pulled from health app if I use a app to track sleep it should read that data

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  27. Where would I find FAQ? The turndown mentions it, but I don't see it.

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  28. The way I take naps is unpredictable so I can't use the nap tracker. Sometimes I rest my eyes and fall asleep if I didn't get a good nite sleep. The app is asking for my alertness but if it didn't record my nap. The result isn't going to be accurate. Could u make it so that I can input the nap after the fact?

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  29. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to wear the watch when I sleep. I did at first but it hasn't seemed to do much. I'd like for a much more deeper analysis of my days heart rate from the Health app. I know apps can "read" data from the Health app and I use extensively my Apple Watch and a diet tracker and I think it would be very beneficial if the app could begin to analyze the type of food in getting, activity level and heart rate and see how it affects my sleep

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  30. Recently the alertness checker has started to crash when I finish and click "done". It does not save my results.

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