Q: SOME OF THE SOUNDS I FIND REALLY DISTRACTING, CAN I REMOVE THESE?
A: Yes, some individuals find the bells, chimes and tings etc distracting. These can be silenced by disabling the bell icon on the far right in the playback screen. For others, these sounds can help them stop from having wondering thoughts.
Q: I HAD A GREAT SLEEP LAST NIGHT BUT MY SLEEP APP/WATCH SAID I DIDN’T?
A: There are many apps that claim they can measure your sleep quality through your heart rate, breathe rate and restlessness (actigraphy) but this is severely oversimplified. The accurate measure of sleep is polysomnography which records brain activity, eye movements, muscle activity, heart rhythm, respiration and blood oxygen saturation. When comparing polysomnography to personal sleep monitoring devices (such as watches), the personal sleep monitoring devices are quite inaccurate. Smart watches were equally inaccurate when used to measure sleep quality or stages (e.g. REM or deep sleep) but can be used to measure total sleep duration (and then to calculate sleep efficiency). If you wake up feeling well rested but your sleep app claims otherwise, or vice versa, trust how you feel.
Q: AM I THE RIGHT PERSON TO BE USING THIS APP?
A: Absolutely! Everyone needs of a little more music in their lives. Music has no known negative side effects and has no known negative impacts on even good quality sleepers.
Q: CAN I/SHOULD I USE THE CAN’T SLEEP APP AT THE OFFICE OR WHILE TRAVELLING TO WORK?
A: The Can’t Sleep App is great for helping you to fall asleep – but not so good if you shouldn’t be sleeping at work! Probably check with your boss before using it at work. It could also be a great way to de-stress on the train home from work. However, please DO NOT, under any circumstances, use the Can’t Sleep App whilst operating any sort of machinery (including cars), or in any case in which a decrease in attention could cause harm.