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Best Sleep Tracking Apps of 2021

If the pandemic is wreaking havoc on your sleep schedule, a sleep tracking app can help. But which is the best deal? We tested 10 popular sleep tracking apps to find out. 

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Since good sleep is critical for physical and mental health, improving sleep is a priority for many of us. Sleep tracking apps have become a popular tool in the z-seeker’s arsenal. But how well do they work? And are they worth paying for?

We tested 10 popular apps to find out. We found that Sleep Cycle was a simple solution with a great smart alarm. SleepScore had the best sleep tips and programs. We also liked Sleepzy’s bedtime content and thought AutoSleep was the best value for Apple Watch users. 

Our Pick

Best Overall Sleep Tracker

  • Sleep Cycle: Sleep booster at bedtime, smart alarm & snore tracking
    4.6 Ratings 563K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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A feature-rich sleep tracker that works great on both iOS and Android, Sleep Cycle was our favorite app for starting your journey towards more restful nights (and rested days).

Why we chose Sleep Cycle:

  • Free app with a premium upgrade for $39.99 per year
  • Smart alarm wakes you up at the optimum point in your sleep cycle, so you don’t feel groggy. (Almost all the apps offer this, but we found this one worked best)
  • Helps you track factors that may be impacting your sleep — coffee, exercise, and more
  • Extensive library of pre-sleep relaxation content includes music, relaxing sounds, and guided meditations
  • Tracks sleep over time so you know where you stand
  • Prominently displays metrics for the time in bed vs. time asleep -- a useful tool for insomniacs

Overall, Sleep Cycle is the best for people looking to change their sleeping habits and start waking up earlier.

Read Sleep Cycle's Full Review
Runner Up

Best Sleep Tips

  • Sleep Tracker + Smart Alarm Clock
    4.2 Ratings 6K+ Reviews 50K+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Data isn't that helpful if you don't know how to use it. SleepScore doesn't just track your sleep. It helps you understand and improve it.

Why we chose SleepScore:

  • Free app with $7.99/ month premium upgrade.
  • Measures sleep by using the phone’s microphone, so all you need to do is place it on your nightstand, set it, and forget it
  • Helps you improve your sleep with tons of scientifically-based sleep tips
  • Improve your sleep one step at a time by setting goals that address specific issues
  • SleepScore recommends tested and verified products to help you sleep better — but not in an obtrusive way
  • Premium upgrade allows you to track your progress over time to see how your sleep improves or detects problems. If needed, it can produce a report to share with your doctor

SleepScore is best for goal-setters and people who want more information about their sleeping habits.

Read SleepScore's Full Review
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Best Bedtime Content

Another solid sleep tracker with an expansive and navigable library of relaxing audio content to help you drift off to sleep.

Why we chose Sleepzy:

  • Free app with premium upgrade for $39.99 per year
  • Tracks sleep using microphone — just place your phone on your nightstand and sleep as usual
  • Lots of bedtime content for relaxation, including “dream radio,” an AI-generated music streaming program. Also has breathing exercises and classical music
  • Sleep debt tracker lets you know if you need to catch up on sleep
  • Records sleep sounds so you know if you’re snoring or talking in your sleep

Best for people who want to create a habit of falling asleep fast.

Read Sleepzy's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best for Apple Watch

With its heart rate monitor, movement sensor, and ability to passively track sleep without the user turning anything on, the Apple Watch is positioned to provide great sleep tracking. Of the many Watch sleep tracking apps, we found AutoSleep to be the best value.

Why we chose AutoSleep:

  • $3.99 for lifetime access, no subscription, (which is a steal!)
  • Bright, friendly interface that uses standard Apple Watch motivational design — your goal is to “close the circle” by getting enough high-quality sleep
  • Tracks heart rate, deep sleep, quality sleep, and total sleep
  • Has smart alarm to wake you at the optimal time
  • While no sleep tracker is completely accurate, the app was accurate as far as we could tell
  • AutoSleep has as many or more features as other apps, at a lower price

Best for people looking for a simplistic app that provides effortless tracking.

Read AutoSleep's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Relax, sleep better and wake up feeling rested with Sleep Cycle, the smart alarm clock. Track sleep from bedtime to morning, and get detailed analysis with the app that makes waking up in the morning just that bit easier.

    Track sleep using your phone and start your day feeling energized with our intelligent alarm clock and sleep tracker. Its unique design only wakes you up while you’re in your light sleep phase. Plus, you’ll get detailed reports as Sleep Cycle monitors your sleep patterns, from bedtime until you're waking up. Track sleep and use the data to help you sleep better today!

    ⏰ Waking up made easy - 5 reasons you’ll love Sleep Cycle:

    1. Sleep better with a gentle wake up call - Sleep Cycle’s alarm clock wakes you up while you’re in light sleep and is a natural way to start your day.
    2. Relax at bedtime and track sleep easily - Learn about your sleep patterns with detailed analysis.
    3. A sleep tracker with a difference - There’s no phone under your pillow, you can track sleep by placing your device on the nightstand or close by on the floor.
    4. Your health comes first - Your sleep data and reports will help you feel great inside and out.
    5. Sleep better - Relax and let Sleep Cycle analyse your light sleep, deep sleep and overall health.

    Relax with a good night’s sleep that will do wonders for your health.

    Download Sleep Cycle today - waking up in the morning has never been easier!

    Free features

    √ Sleep analysis with Sleep Cycle patented sound technology, or accelerometer
    √ Detailed sleep statistics and daily sleep graphs
    √ Carefully selected alarm melodies
    √ Snooze by shaking or double tapping the phone lightly
    √ Customizable wake-up window. From instant (regular alarm clock), up to 90 minutes

    Premium features

    √ Longterm sleep tracker trends
    √ Compare your sleep data to world sleep statistics • Snore trends - view historical snore trends data
    √ Sleep aid - helps you fall asleep easier
    √ Sleep notes - see how events such as drinking coffee, stress, working out, or eating late affect your sleep quality
    √ Wake up mood - see how Sleep Cycle affects your wake up mood
    √ Online backup - lets you secure your sleep data online
    √ Export sleep data to Excel for detailed analysis

    REQUIREMENTS
    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.

    With Sleep Cycle on Wear OS, you can wake up rested with a gentle vibration on your wrist, without waking anyone else.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $64.99 per item
    $2.99 - $39.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    The Best Sleep-Tracking App – Wirecutter, A New York Times Company 


    Use your phone to monitor your sleep cycles, get advice and insights, and ultimately improve your sleep! FEATURED IN: The Washington Post, Wirecutter, The New York Times, Men’s Health, Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Forbes, Business Insider, and more!

    Developed after studying millions of hours of sleep for over a decade, the SleepScore app provides personalized information about your sleep cycles so you can make manageable lifestyle changes to improve your sleep and be your best self!

    Due to thousands of Android models in the market, we are constantly working on validating our sonar technology with every Android device. SleepScore is currently only validated to support Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9 and Google Pixel 2 XL.

    If you are using an unsupported Android model, we have great news. You can now enroll in our beta program! This program allows us to test our sonar technology on a wider variety of phones at a much faster rate, helping us to ensure each phone model produces accurate scores.

    You can enroll by downloading the app, completing onboarding, and then enrolling in Beta when prompted in the app.

    The beta program will last anywhere from 3-6 months, depending how many Android users enroll. When the program concludes, we’ll notify all beta program members in the app and share next steps to continue enjoying the SleepScore app.

    As a beta program member, you’ll have access to all of SleepScore’s features, including our in-depth sleep tracking to help you better understand your sleep patterns.


    WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE


    * Your daily SleepScore rated from 0 –100

    * The 4 stages of your sleep, including light, deep, REM, and your awakenings 

    * A smart alarm clock designed to gently wake you at the ideal time in your sleep cycle

    * Simple ways to improve each of the 4 stages

    * Personalized, science-based insights informed by the world’s top sleep experts

    * A comprehensive sleep report to share with your doctor if you wish

    *A nightly sleep comparison to an ideal night for people your age and gender


    As we proceed with the beta program, we will update our members on which phones will be added to our supported device list. Stay tuned and sleep well tonight!


    SUBSCRIPTION PRICING AND TERMS


    SleepScore is free to download and use. To take advantage of advanced features (currently only available on Androids utilizing our sonar technology), including a complete history of sleep data, access to printable doctor’s report, and in-depth sleep improvement advice, SleepScore offers auto-renewing monthly and yearly subscription options.


    $5.99 per month

    $49.99 per year 


    * These prices are for United States customers.

    * Payment will be charged to your Google Play account, and your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period

    * Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your settings in the Google Play store after purchase


    Compatibility


    Only validated for sonar tracking on Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, Note 8, Note 9 and Google Pixel 2 XL.


    Privacy policy https://www.sleepscore.com/legal/privacy-policy

    Terms of Service https://www.sleepscore.com/legal/sleepscore-terms-of-service
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $5.99 - $49.99 per item
    $7.99 - $49.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Healthy sleep = Healthy life!

    Delve deep into your sleep and improve its quality with our fresh sleep monitor app Sleepzy!

    Sleepzy, the smart alarm clock and sleep tracker, finds the optimal time to wake you, delivers nightly sleep statistics, and detects whether you snore. These tools and more help you sleep well, monitor your sleep behavior and create healthy habits towards wellness. This sleep pattern tracker and alarm clock analyzes your sleep cycle and notifies you if you have a sleep debt. Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, this sleep app will help you sleep better and bring you quality rest just like your favorite pillow.

    Sounds revolutionary, right?

    Discover Sleepzy now - the next-level sleep cycle tracker and smart alarm clock which will help you:

    - Wake up during the lightest sleep phase of your sleep to feel refreshed, rested and ready for the day
    - Manage your sleep cycle and create healthy habits to stay on schedule
    - Fall asleep to relaxing sounds and wake up to your favorite music
    - Set your Sleep Goal and track Sleep Debt to stay motivated and sleep better
    - Track Sleep Patterns to understand when you get your best quality sleep with the most captivating sleep tracker
    - Bonus up your life with an advanced weekly Sleep Stats and Sleep Tracker
    - Know your Sleep Quality and take the necessary steps to improve your sleep cycle
    - Find out whether you snore or make any sounds while sleeping with the Snore Recorder
    - Start your own Sleep Diary inside the app
    - Get into the most bountiful and relaxed state before bed

    Sleep Analysis:
    This smart alarm clock delivers a thorough sleep analysis of the user's sleep, records your sleep cycle and makes recommendations on what you can do to sleep better. Simply place your device next to your bed and this sleep tracker will use the microphone to analyze your sleep cycle tendencies.

    Sleep Diary:
    Want to find out how your daily routine influences your sleep quality and eventually sleep better? Start your own journal with Sleepzy alarm clock to observe correlations between your sleep patterns and daily activities. Add notes with your activities during the day to see how they influenced your sleep. Whether it was a fancy dinner, a morning run or anything that may impact sleep cycles - put this note down in the 'Sleep notes’ section and keep it directly on the app.

    Snore Recorder:
    Did you make any specific sounds overnight? Hard to guess! This sleep app has a perfect solution - sleep monitor. It measures and tracks if you snore while you slumber and identifies factors that may be impeding your sleep. Snore recorder also helps identify things you can do to sleep well.

    Start monitoring what affects your sleep cycle to get enough hours of rest tonight!
    It’s time to sleep better and wake up refreshed and energized! Try Sleepzy - the innovative sleep cycle tracker and sleep talk recorder!

    Note: movement and noise from a partner or pets while sleeping may impact results.

    Go Premium for added features:
    - Track sounds that you make while sleeping
    - 100% Ad-free

    By downloading this application, you agree to the End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy.
    You can choose from different subscription options.
    * A subscription with a free trial will automatically renew to a paid subscription unless you cancel the subscription before the end of the free trial period.
    * Cancel a free trial or subscription anytime through your account settings on the Google Play Store and continue to enjoy the premium content until the end of the free-trial period or paid subscription!

    Privacy Policy: http://www.thriveport.com/privacypolicy/
    California Privacy Notice: http://www.thriveport.com/privacypolicy/index.html#h
    EULA: http://www.thriveport.com/eula/
    AdChoices: https://www.thriveport.com/privacypolicy/#i
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $39.99 per item
    $3.99 - $39.99 per item

    AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch

    4.0 Ratings 41K+ Reviews
    Automatically track your sleep from your Apple Watch*. No buttons to press. Even the Watch app is optional! Just sleep! Total Privacy. ------------- AutoSleep has no user analytics tracking. No advertising plugins. No 3rd party code. No data upload. Ask your "free" sleep app if they can say the same. Everything Included. -------------------- No extra In App Purchases. No subscriptions. About AutoSleep ----------------- Using Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep works out how long you've slept so you don't have to. If you DO wear your Watch to bed, you don't need to do a single thing. AutoSleep will track your sleep & quality and send you a notification in the morning. Even if you don't wear your Watch to bed, AutoSleep can track your time in bed. It's extremely simple. If you DON'T wear your Watch to bed, then simply take your Watch off before you go to sleep. As soon as you touch your iPhone or put your Watch back on in the morning then AutoSleep will know that you have finished sleeping. As everyone is a little bit different. AutoSleep provides a simple setup wizard and an option to tweak if you are a very restless sleeper. If you wear your Apple Watch to bed*, AutoSleep will also analyse your sleep quality. By using time asleep, restlessness, time awake and heart rate it can score the quality of your sleep and provide you with a comprehensive nightly analysis. *Note. If you do not wear your Watch to bed, AutoSleep simply captures the amount of time sleeping. AutoSleep also works with HeartWatch our premier heart & activity monitoring app and writes your Sleep information to Apple Health. *Requires Apple Watch running Watch OS 4 or higher. WatchOS 5 recommended. Best of 2018 https://apps.apple.com/story/id1438574124?ign-itscg=as10001&ign-itsct=BESTOF_SC18_PT122_US_SI1438574124 Best of 2019 https://apps.apple.com/story/id1484100916?ign-itsct=BestOfApps_SC09_PT006_WW%2F&ign-itscg=10000 Best of 2020 https://apps.apple.com/story/id1535572713/
    Cost
    Free
    4.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
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