July 14, 2023

Never Miss a Beat With Your Sleep Tracking

Today we want to dive into a lesser-known but equally important feature of the Pillow app that guarantees you a seamless sleep tracking experience with your Apple Watch.

Have you ever woken up, eager to analyze your sleep data, only to find out your Apple Watch ran out of battery midway through the night? It's a frustrating situation that can throw off your daily routine. However, with Pillow's subtle and incredibly useful feature, you can easily dodge this issue.

Sleep Tracking: Why a Charged Apple Watch Matters

Have you ever looked forward to analyzing your sleep data only to discover that your Apple Watch ran out of juice during the night? Frustrating, right? This scenario highlights the importance of charging your Apple Watch before bedtime to ensure consistent sleep tracking.

When your Apple Watch's battery gets critically low, it may disable sensors or enable them less frequently to conserve power. This power-saving strategy could impact your sleep tracking data accuracy or even cause a complete loss of a sleep session.

So, to make the most out of your sleep tracking experience and to ensure a better sleep, you need to ensure your Apple Watch is fully charged. With an average charging time of around 40 minutes, it usually fits in nicely with most people's pre-bedtime routine

Discover Pillow's Charging Reminder Feature

Tucked away in Pillow's settings, this feature reminds you to charge your Apple Watch before bedtime. It also conveniently informs you about the remaining battery percentage. You can select the time you want to receive this reminder, making it a seamless part of your routine, not an interruption.

When the selected time arrives, the reminder will appear directly on your Apple Watch, where you have the option to dismiss the notification or snooze it for a few minutes if you aren't ready to plug in just yet.

Here's a bonus - Pillow, while ensuring your Apple Watch is ready for action, is also very considerate of your iPhone's battery life. Designed to consume almost no battery, it allows you to rest assured that your phone will be ready for you in the morning.

One less worry to keep you away from good sleep

Don't let a drained battery stand between you and your quest for better sleep. Let Pillow, the best sleep tracker for the Apple help you keep your Apple Watch read for optimal sleep tracking.

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Stay tuned as we continue to explore the wealth of features that make Pillow the best sleep tracking app. Sleep well!

July 13, 2023

Color Noises: Unlock Better Sleep with the help of noise

We all know the value of a good night's sleep, right? But have you ever considered how color noises can influence our sleep quality in a fantastic way? It's not just white noise, folks. We're talking about an array of color noises—like Blue Noise, Pink Noise, Brown Noise, even Green Noise for sleep!

The science behind Color Noise

The influence of color noises on our brains is quite remarkable. They not only help us relax but can also promote better sleep. If you're wondering about the science behind these assertions, it's actually backed by several notable studies.

A study in demonstrated that pink noise can enhance sleep and memory in young adults. This amazing influence of pink noise on our sleep isn't limited to humans. Another study on Sleep Biology Rhythms revealed that even rats exposed to pink noise during sleep experienced improved sleep quality.

So, as you can see, the benefits of color noises on sleep aren't just theoretical—they're scientifically proven. Ready to explore these beneficial color noises for yourself? Dive into Pillow's Sleep Aid Library and let the magic of color noises transform your sleep.

Detailed view of Pillow's Sleep Aid Library, highlighting color noise options and their respective soothing effects.

Dive Into a Sea of Sleep-Inducing Sounds

Remember, tracking sleep is more than just about knowing how long you sleep—it's about understanding how well you sleep. So why not give these color noises a whirl and discover firsthand how they can help you relax?

In conclusion, if you want to harness the power of color noises for better sleep, Pillow is is great start. Not only will you get the best sleep tracking available, but you'll also have access to a great selection of sleep-improving color noises and other premium content engineered for sleep. Download Pillow now and step into a world of healthier sleep. As always Pillow is free to download and you can instantly benefit from a free 7-day trial.

May 30, 2023

Pillow’s Lock Screen Widgets for Sleep Tracking

Understanding your sleep is the first step toward improving it. Our sleep patterns, durations, and quality play an essential role in our overall health and productivity. That's why Pillow, the best sleep tracking app for the iPhone and Apple Watch, is committed to making sleep tracking easier than ever. With our Lock Screen Widgets, you now have the power of Pillow right on your lock screen.

The Power of Widgets in Your Sleep Tracking

With the recent iOS 16 update, Pillow has introduced four lock screen widgets: The Sleep Quality Widget, The Sleep Summary Widget, The Sleep Duration Widget, and The Start Tracking Widget. Each widget is designed to present essential sleep metrics at a glance and make sleep tracking a breeze.

Sleep Quality Widget: Your Sleep Score in a Glance

The Sleep Quality widget displays your Sleep Quality score of the current day in the Small and Inline sizes. For those who love visual data, the Medium size offers a weekly overview of your sleep quality. Tracking your sleep quality has never been more accessible or visually appealing.

Sleep Duration Widget: Your Nightly Goal Tracker

Are you meeting your sleep goals? The Sleep Duration widget, an app to record yourself sleeping, is here to help. The Small and Inline sizes show the total duration of sleep for the current day compared to your set goal. Want a broader perspective? The Large size provides a weekly view of your total sleep duration.

Sleep Summary Widget: Comprehensive Insights in a Widget

The Sleep Summary Widget presents a helpful of sleep metrics. The Small size displays the sleep rings for the current day. If you prefer a progress bar view, the Large size displays time asleep and sleep duration. The Inline size provides a short textual summary of your sleep quality and sleep score, bringing a quick and helpful sleep analysis to your fingertips.

Start Tracking Widget: Initiate Sleep Tracking with a Single Tap

Lastly, the Start Tracking widget simplifies the process of initiating a sleep session. With a single tap, you can start a sleep session that uses the first tracking preset that appears in the tracking tab. Once Pillow starts tracking, this widget updates to display a progress of the sleep tracking session.

Start Your Journey to Better Sleep Today

Pillow's Lock Screen Widgets for sleep tracking brings a new level of convenience. Whether you're curious about your sleep patterns or looking to improve your overall sleep quality, these widgets will be a great addition to your Lock Screen. Download Pillow today and get started tonight.

May 27, 2023

Understanding the Importance of Sleep Tracking with Pillow’s Home Screen Widget

When it comes to overall health and wellbeing, sleep plays an integral part that is often overlooked. A regular and healthy sleep routine is associated with a multitude of benefits such as improved mood, increased productivity, better immune function, and enhanced memory, to name a few. To help keep track of this vital biological function, an innovative app known as Pillow is here to transform your sleep routine.

A recent Editor's Choice on the App Store, Pillow is an app that allows you to record yourself sleeping, providing you with a detailed analysis of your sleep stages, time asleep, sleep quality, heart rate, and even audio recordings.

Screenshot of Pillow's user interface displaying the Home Screen Widget, showcasing sleep stages, time spent asleep, sleep quality score, heart rate data, and number of nighttime audio recordings.

Pillow's Home Screen Widget

At the heart of Pillow's impressive array of features is the Home Screen Widget. This widget is designed to make sleep tracking a breeze. Available in two sizes - small and medium - the widget can conveniently be placed on your iPhone or Apple Watch home screen for easy access.

This Home Screen Widget brings forth the most pertinent details about your sleep right to the forefront. It displays your latest sleep stage analysis, the time spent asleep, and your sleep quality score for the current day. To give you a more in-depth view of your sleep health, it also offers heart rate information and the number of audio recordings taken during the night.

What's more? If you tap on the widget, Pillow takes you directly to your sleep session to explore the full sleep analysis report. This user-friendly design helps you understand the intricate details of your sleep patterns and guides you towards better sleep hygiene.

This Widget is available for users running iOS 15 or newer versions, offering seamless integration and simple navigation.

Transform Your Sleep Today

Pillow’s Home Screen Widget is more than just an app to record yourself sleeping—it’s a comprehensive solution designed to help you improve your sleep. By providing accurate, personalized sleep insights, this feature motivates you to adopt healthier sleep habits and ultimately improve your wellbeing.

Start the journey towards better sleep by downloading the Pillow app today, and let the power of data-driven insights enhance your health, productivity, and lifestyle.

Pillow is where better sleep begins. Are you ready to join the journey?

May 19, 2023

Discover the Power of Harmonic Waves to Relax and Sleep Better

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, achieving a good night's sleep can sometimes feel like a distant dream. But what if the listening to the right sounds can help? We're happy to introduce a new addition to our ever-expanding sleep aid section: Harmonic Waves.

Unraveling the Science Behind Sound Sleep

Emerging research indicates that listening to harmonic wave compositions, such as binaural beats, can have a profound impact on sleep quality. One study demonstrated that binaural beats at a delta frequency of 3 Hz could stimulate delta activity in the brain, thereby extending the duration of stage three sleep. This deep sleep stage is vital for waking up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Additional studies have underscored the potential benefits of binaural beats for sleep enhancement. For instance, a study involving soccer players who listened to binaural beats between 2 Hz and 8 Hz found that the participants experienced improved sleep quality, reduced sleepiness, and found it easier to wake up. Furthermore, binaural beats have been shown to alleviate anxiety, which can subsequently lead to better sleep.

However, it's worth noting that some researchers have expressed skepticism about the link between binaural beats and reduced anxiety or improved sleep and more comprehensive research is needed to conclusively establish the effects of binaural beats on sleep.

"Image showing the Pillow app interface on a smartphone, with the Sleep Aid feature highlighted, demonstrating the selection of harmonic wave compositions available for better sleep.

Pillow's Sleep Aid: Your Gateway to Restful Nights

Pillow's Sleep Aid section offers a selection of harmonic wave compositions designed to help users relax, calm down, and fall asleep. As a sleep sounds app, Pillow stands out with its scientifically-backed approach to improving sleep.

Whether you're struggling with insomnia or simply looking to improve your sleep quality, Pillow's Sleep Aid feature can help. With the option to choose from a variety of harmonic wave compositions, you can personalize your sleep experience and find the sounds that work best for you.


May 11, 2023

Track Your Sleep Environment Like Never Before

We live in a world that is incessantly noisy. While we might have grown accustomed to the constant hum of our environment, these noises can affect the quality of our sleep in ways we might not even realize. Enter Pillow, our innovative sleep tracking app that offers you a unique feature - the Environmental Audio Levels tracking. This tool equips you with the information you need about the audio environment in which you sleep, helping you make necessary changes for a better night's rest.

The Impact of Noisy Environments on Sleep

Several studies have shed light on the harmful effects of noise pollution on sleep. A study published in Sleep Science found that exposure to noise during sleep can lead to a range of sleep disturbances - from changes in sleep stages to more severe disorders such as insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.

Environmental noise can also lead to micro-arousals, subtle disturbances in sleep that can affect sleep quality without the individual even realizing it. These disturbances, although not leading to full awakenings, can still result in sleep fragmentation and daytime sleepiness, as discussed in this study published in the Frontiers in Neurology.

Given the serious impact of environmental noise on sleep, it's not surprising that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines for nighttime noise levels. The WHO recommends that noise levels during sleep should not exceed 40 decibels, equivalent to the sound of a quiet street in a residential area.

Screenshot of Pillow's Environmental Audio Levels feature on Apple Watch, displaying a chart of decibel levels registered during sleep.

Track the environmental levels during sleep with Pillow.

Pillow’s Environmental Audio Levels Feature: Your Personal Sleep Environment Analyst

Designed to work seamlessly with an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer, the Environmental Audio Levels feature by Pillow tracks and charts the environmental audio levels throughout your sleep. The chart displays these values in decibels, providing you with a visual representation of the noise in your environment as you sleep.

Along with the noise chart, the feature also gives you the minimum, maximum, and average values of the environmental audio levels. It doesn't stop there; you also get a rating of the average noise levels. All these data points provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your sleep environment's auditory landscape.

This feature works in tandem with Pillow's other key feature - the sleep sound recording and analysis. With the best sleep talk recorder app at your fingertips, you can record yourself sleeping, allowing Pillow to analyze sleep sounds such as snoring and sleep talking. And this isn't just a simple iPhone sleep recorder; it uses sophisticated machine learning algorithms to classify these sounds, giving you insights into any potential sleep issues.

Importantly, the Environmental Audio Levels feature doesn't record or store any audio data. It merely processes levels of loudness registered by the Apple Watch, ensuring your privacy remains uncompromised.

Transform Your Sleep Environment Today

With the power to monitor your sleep environment's audio levels, you can make better-informed decisions to improve your sleep quality. Whether it's identifying a sleep noise recorder or finding an app that picks up noise when you sleep, Pillow offers you this and much more.

Pillow doesn't just listen while you sleep, it gives you a roadmap to better sleep. So why wait? Record your sleep, track your sleep environment's audio levels, and embark on a journey towards healthier sleep patterns. After all, when it comes to restful sleep, every decibel counts.

Download Pillow today, the app that listens to your sleep and start the journey towards a noise-free, peaceful night's sleep.

May 3, 2023

Track Your Blood Oxygen Levels During Sleep with Pillow

Sleep is a critical aspect of our overall health, and tracking its quality can provide valuable insights into our well-being. Among the many factors that contribute to good sleep, blood oxygen levels play a significant role. Monitoring these levels can help identify potential health issues, such as sleep apnea, which can be detrimental to our daily functioning and long-term health.

Research highlights the importance of maintaining optimal blood oxygen levels while you sleep for overall health. For instance, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Peppard, P. E., Young, T., Palta, M., & Skatrud, J. (2000)) found that sleep-disordered breathing, characterized by periods of low blood oxygen levels, is independently associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension. Another study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Gottlieb et al., 2005) revealed that reduced levels during sleep are associated with an increased risk of diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance. These findings emphasize the significance of proper blood oxygen levels during sleep for both cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Fortunately, with the help of Pillow, the best sleep tracking app for iPhone and Apple Watch, monitoring your blood oxygen saturation during sleep is now easier than ever before.

Track your oxygen saturation in blood during sleep

Track Your Blood Oxygen Levels with Pillow

Pillow has earned an Editors’ Choice distinction on the App Store for its innovative features, one of which is its ability to track Blood oxygen concentration during sleep. For every sleep session recorded, you can find the results in Pillow’s “Heart tab.” This feature requires an Apple Watch 6 or newer device to function.

Detailed Blood Oxygen Charts and Assessments

With Pillow, you'll receive a detailed chart of your blood oxygen levels throughout the night, including minimum and maximum values. Moreover, the app provides an assessment of these values to help you understand whether they fall within normal ranges. By keeping track of your blood oxygen saturation, you can make better-informed decisions about your sleep habits and overall health.

Take Charge of Your Sleep Health with Pillow

Monitoring blood oxygen levels during sleep is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being. With Pillow's blood oxygen tracking feature, you can now easily keep track of this critical sleep metric and work towards improving your sleep quality.

Don't let poor sleep hold you back any longer. Download Pillow today, and start tracking your blood oxygen levels to unlock the restful sleep you deserve. Empower yourself with the knowledge to make better decisions about your sleep habits and take control of your health.

April 25, 2023

Effortlessly Track Your Temperature During Sleep

Sleep is a crucial aspect of our overall health and well-being, and understanding the factors that can influence its quality is essential. One such factor is temperature, which can play a significant role in the sleep process. Research has shown that our body's temperature fluctuates during sleep, and these fluctuations can impact the quality of our rest. With the latest update to our sleep tracking app, Pillow, you can now effortlessly track your temperature during sleep, empowering you to optimize your sleep environment and improve your overall sleep quality.

The Science Behind Sleep and Temperature

Numerous scientific findings have established the connection between sleep and temperature. Our body's core temperature follows a circadian rhythm, naturally decreasing during the night to reach its lowest point in the early hours of the morning (Kräuchi, 2002). These temperature fluctuations have been linked to sleep stages and the overall quality of sleep.

Ambient temperature, or the temperature of our sleep environment, plays a significant role in determining the quality of our sleep. Studies have shown that ambient temperature affects sleep stages, particularly slow-wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (Okamoto-Mizuno & Mizuno, 2012). An overly warm sleep environment can lead to reduced SWS, while excessively cold temperatures can cause disruptions in REM sleep (Kräuchi, 2007).

Optimizing your sleep environment's temperature can significantly impact your sleep quality, as it facilitates the natural fluctuations in core body temperature that promote restful sleep. By monitoring and understanding these fluctuations with Pillow, you can make informed decisions on adjusting your sleep environment to enhance your sleep quality.

Effortless Temperature Tracking with Pillow

Screenshots of Pillow's Temperature Trend Section.

Easily access your sleep temperature reading from your sleep session report.

Pillow has made tracking your sleep temperature easier than ever before. By wearing an Apple Watch Series 8 or newer during sleep, our app can seamlessly monitor your temperature throughout the night. Once you wake up, you'll receive a sleep analysis report that includes information about your sleep temperature. This data can help you better understand how your temperature fluctuates during the night and the impact it may have on your sleep quality.

New Temperature Trends Section

Screenshots of Pillow's Temperature Trend Section.

Access insightful trends about your sleep temperature in the Trends section.

In addition to the sleep analysis report, Pillow now offers a new section in the Trends tab, providing you with access to your temperature trends on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. This feature allows you to monitor long-term patterns and identify any changes that may be affecting your sleep. By leveraging this data, you can make informed decisions about adjusting your sleep environment or habits to enhance your sleep quality.

What sets Pillow apart as a sleep monitor and sleep tracking app is its unique ability to compare your sleep temperature with other health and sleep metrics, such as Steps, Weight, Sleep Duration, Heart Rate, Sleep Quality, and more. This comprehensive view of your health data enables you to uncover correlations and patterns between temperature and various aspects of your well-being, providing valuable insights for optimizing your sleep and overall health.

Start Tracking Your Sleep Temperature Tonight

Pillow's temperature tracking feature, available exclusively for Apple Watch Series 8 or newer, makes it simple to monitor your sleep temperature and understand its impact on your rest. By receiving detailed sleep analysis reports and accessing temperature trends, you can make the necessary adjustments to create the ideal sleep environment, ultimately leading to better sleep and improved overall health.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to take control of your sleep quality. Download Pillow from the App Store now and begin tracking your sleep temperature with ease. By understanding the critical role temperature plays in your sleep, you'll be well on your way to a better night's rest and a healthier life.

April 20, 2023

ASMR Sounds for Better Sleep

Introducing ASMR sounds to Pillow, our sleep tracking app, was no easy task. We wanted to make sure we offered a variety of compositions that catered to different personal preferences. After much research and testing, we're excited to announce that ASMR sounds are now part of our Sleep Aid library. So, if you're struggling to fall asleep, this might be the solution you've been looking for.

ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a tingling sensation that starts at the scalp and moves down the spine. It's triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, like gentle, soothing sounds, which can help relax the mind and induce a sense of calm. Research has found that ASMR can reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia, leading to improved sleep quality. One study published in the journal PLOS ONE showed that participants who experienced ASMR reported increased feelings of relaxation, decreased heart rate, and better sleep quality. Another study in the journal PeerJ found that ASMR could have potential therapeutic applications in reducing stress and anxiety.

We've carefully curated a collection of ASMR themes for you to explore, such as Scissors, Keyboards, Water Splashes, Plastic Wrap, and Paper. Whether you find the rhythmic snipping of scissors or the gentle rustling of paper relaxing, there's something for everyone.

Pillow's ASMR sounds section is now live, and we can't wait for you to try it out. We're confident that these soothing sounds can help improve your sleep experience. Download the app, dive into the new ASMR section, and let us know what you think. We'll continue to work hard to enhance your sleep tracking experience and bring you the tools you need for better rest.

April 11, 2023

Introducing Live Activities for Sleep Tracking

We're excited to announce a fantastic new feature that will enhance your sleep tracking experience with our latest update, Pillow v.4.17, now available on the App Store. Imagine controlling your sleep session without even having to launch Pillow - sounds dreamy, right? Well, that dream has now become a reality with Live Activities!

With this much requested feature, you can now track your sleep session right from the Lock Screen of your device. Live Activities are available if you manually start your sleep sessions by pressing "Start" before you drift off into dreamland.

And if you own an iPhone 14 Pro, we've got some great news for you: Pillow's Live Activity will also appear on the Dynamic Island of your iPhone, making it even more convenient and accessible.

Image of two iPhone devices that display Pillow's Live Activities

The best way to track your sleep without launching Pillow.

Gone are the days of fumbling to check how much time remains until your alarm goes off. With Live Activities, you can easily track the countdown to your wake-up call. Plus, you can effortlessly stop or resume your sleep session if you've paused it for any reason.

For those of you who have set up your sleep tracking preset to include a sleep aid track, Pillow's Live Activities go the extra mile by allowing you to control the playback seamlessly. Say goodbye to interrupted sleep and hello to a smoother, more relaxed bedtime experience.

Image of two iPhone device. One of them displays the expanded view of Pillow's Live Activity on the Dynamic Island.

Control your sleep session right from the Dynamic Island of you iPhone. Play and pause your favourite sleep sounds from the Lock Screen.

To take advantage of this cutting-edge feature, make sure you have iOS version 16.2 installed on your device.

Sleep tracking has never been easier, and we're thrilled to make your nights more restful with Pillow's support for Live Activities feature. So why wait? Head over to the App Store and download Pillow v.4.17 today to experience the future of sleep tracking. Sweet dreams!

Note: Due to limitations on iOS 16, Live Activity sessions longer than 8 hours may not update as expected.

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