If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get better sleep, you don’t have to buy sleep trackers or smart watches. Try using Sleepyti.me, a super simple website that helps you figure out the best time to fall asleep or wake to get the most restful sleep. It works by attempting to calculate when you’ll be in between a sleep cycle so you wake up more alert, instead of jolting you awake in the middle of one, leaving you groggy.
Their website advises you that it takes an average person around fourteen minutes to fall asleep, but if it takes you a bit longer to wind down, plan accordingly! They also list the four stages of sleep and how waking during the lightest stage, stage 1, is the best way to wake more alert. A good night’s sleep usually consists of 5-6 complete sleep cycles.
There are three ways to use Sleepyti.me, the first is telling the calculator when you need to wake up, and it will calculate the best time to go to bed. The second way is to press a button that says you’re going to go to bed now, and it will tell you when you should wake up. The third allows a little advance planning by asking when you plan to fall asleep, and it will suggest a few times to set your alarm to wake up.
I’ve played around with the sleep calculator a few times just to see if I feel any different, and I do notice a bit of difference when I wake at one of their suggested times, versus waking up at random times. Give it a shot and let us know how it works for you.