November 23, 2023

Sleep Disruption Trends: A New Dimension in Sleep Tracking

Unraveling the Mystery of Sleep Disruptions

Understanding the intricacies of sleep is pivotal for overall well-being. In today’s fast-paced world, a night of uninterrupted sleep has become a rarity for many. That’s where Pillow, your trusted sleep tracker app, steps in. With our latest feature, "Sleep Disruption Trends," we're taking sleep analysis to a new level.

Navigating the Waves of Nightly Interruptions

Sleep disruptions can be elusive yet significantly impact your sleep quality. Pillow's new trend metric in the Trends section provides invaluable insights into these nocturnal interruptions. This new feature goes beyond mere tracking; it offers a comprehensive understanding of how and when your sleep is disrupted.

illow app interface showcasing Sleep Disruption Trends with weekly view, highlighting the number and duration of sleep interruptions.

Weekly Insights at Your Fingertips

Imagine having a clear weekly view of your sleep disturbances. This feature in Pillow does just that. It allows you to visualize the frequency of disruptions throughout the week, empowering you with data to recognize patterns and potential triggers.

Delving Deeper with Detailed Views

Tap into the weekly view, and you're presented with a detailed analysis. This view not only shows the number of disruptions but also their total duration. Whether you're looking at your sleep patterns weekly, monthly, or annually, this feature provides a detailed chronicle of your sleep health.

Connecting the Dots with Health Metrics

Pillow doesn't stop at tracking sleep disruptions. This premium feature also enables you to compare these trends with other health metrics like steps, weight, and caffeine intake. By correlating these data points, you can uncover hidden connections and take informed steps towards a healthier sleep routine.

How Disrupted is Your Sleep?

Pillow's "Sleep Disruption Trends" feature is a great new addition in the realm of understanding your sleep. By providing detailed insights into sleep disruptions and their potential correlations with other health metrics, this tool empowers users to take control of their sleep health.

Access to "Sleep Disruption Trends" is exclusive to Pillow Premium subscribers. This subscription opens the door to a world of advanced sleep tracking features, all designed to enhance your sleep quality and overall health.

Enhance your sleep experience by downloading Pillow today. Experience the difference in sleep tracking and analysis that only Pillow can provide. Visit our website at Pillow or find us on the App Store here.

November 18, 2023

Custom Icons: Personalize Your Sleep Tracking Experience

Sleep tracking has become an essential part of many people's health routines, and Pillow stands out as a top choice for iPhone and Apple Watch users. A feature that a lot of users love is the ability to customize the app's icon. This not only adds a personal touch to your sleep tracker but also enhances your overall experience with the app.

Exclusively available to Pillow Premium subscribers, this feature allows you to choose from a growing collection of icons. These icons are thoughtfully designed to seamlessly blend with both the system's default icons and popular icon sets, ensuring a cohesive look on your device.

The Pillow app settings screen displaying the custom icon options, demonstrating ease of personalization for users.

Pillow is committed to continually expanding its icon selection. We value user input and invite suggestions for new icons. Keep an eye out for updates, as we're always looking to add more options to personalize your app experience.

Don't miss out on this innovative feature. Join the community of satisfied Pillow users and start personalizing your sleep tracking experience today. Download Pillow from the App Store and dive into a world of customizable, intuitive sleep analysis.

November 1, 2023

Sleep Stage analysis from Apple. More options and flexibility.

Do you ever wonder how your nightly sleep adventure plays out? Understanding your sleep stages, from REM to Deep Sleep, is pivotal in enhancing the quality of your rest. While Apple recently launched sleep stage analysis for Apple Watch owners, we at Pillow have been pioneering this science for years. So why not offer the best of both worlds? With the latest update, Pillow now lets you choose between its proprietary sleep stage analysis algorithm and Apple's. All while still benefiting from the unique, high-value features exclusive to Pillow.

How to switch between Pillow and Apple's Sleep Stage Analysis

This valuable feature is tucked neatly under Pillow’s Settings on your iPhone. If you have an Apple Watch paired with your iPhone and watchOS 9 installed or later, Pillow's algorithm is selected by default for Automatic sleep tracking.

A screenshot of Pillow's Settings page, highlighting the option to toggle between Pillow's sleep stage analysis and Apple’s.

Which Sleep Stage Analysis one to choose?

We want to be clear: Pillow's sleep stage analysis algorithm is by far the algorithm that most users prefer. It’s highly sophisticated, focusing on REM, Light Sleep, and Deep Sleep stages and we have no intention of replacing it. Pillow's sleep stage analysis algorithm has been developed for years and we are glad so many users rely on it worldwide every night. Our decision to support Apple's algorithm was part of Pillow's goal to offer flexibility and support for various devices and sleep tracking methods. In fact you can switch between algorithms any time. What's more, after you switch, you can let Pillow re-detect past sleep sessions as long as you have worn your Apple Watch during sleep.

A Blend of the Best Features

Apple’s sleep stage analysis is a worthy contender. However, it lacks several of the powerful features you'll find when using Pillow for sleep monitoring. From editing, audio recording, Smart Wake-up, personalised insights, premium sleep aid content, sleep report notifications to additional metrics and insights, Pillow provides a comprehensive sleep analysis experience that you won’t find in Apple’s native Apple Health app.

Only for Automatic Sleep Tracking

Remember, the choice between Pillow's algorithm and Apple's is available only for Automatic sleep tracking. If you’re using manual tracking, Pillow's proprietary sleep stage analysis will always be used. You can switch between the two algorithms any time.

Why is this Important?

This new feature allows you to enjoy a more tailored sleep analysis experience. You can choose Apple’s sleep stages if you wish, but still benefit from Pillow’s great sleep tracking features. Explore all the features of Pillow on our homepage or download Pillow from the App Store to get started.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain deeper insights into your sleep stages and overall sleep health. Whether you prefer Pillow's sleep stage analysis or Apple’s, the choice is now yours. Download Pillow today to start enjoying a more personalized sleep monitoring experience.

October 19, 2023

Upgrade Your Nighttime Routine with Apple Music in Pillow’s Sleep Aid Section

Falling asleep isn't always as easy as lying down and closing your eyes. The noise of the day can sometimes keep you up, disrupting your sleep routine and making it difficult to relax. That's where meditation, sleep stories, and bedtime stories come into play. They can help you wind down and fall asleep faster.

Pillow’s Sleep Aid content has always been a reliable source for calming your mind before sleep. From soothing meditations to intricate soundscapes, it's been a go-to feature for many. But what if you could expand that selection of sleep aids to include your favorite songs or curated playlists? Well, that's now possible with Pillow's latest feature: Apple Music integration.

How It Works

When you start a sleep session, Pillow lets you instantly access Apple Music's vast library without interrupting your sleep tracking. If you prefer manual tracking by pressing "Start" before sleep, the integration is seamless. And for those who like the convenience of automatic tracking, this new feature is always there in the Sleep Aid tab, ready to help you relax. Simply launch Pillow and tap on the Sleep Aid tab.

Apple Music appears at the end of the sleep aid list, integrating smoothly with the rest of the content. Whether you’re in the mood for some classical compositions or calming nature sounds, it's always there as an option. What's more, Pillow will automatically stop the track when it detects you've fallen asleep. This is currently available only for manual tracking as it requires starting a sleep session.

Why This Matters

The benefits of this integration are twofold. Firstly, it enhances your sleep routine by providing a broader selection of music and sounds that can help you relax. Secondly, the feature is so seamlessly integrated that it feels like a natural extension of Pillow's existing sleep aid library.

It's also worth mentioning that this isn't just a feature for falling asleep. You can also set any Apple Music track as your wake-up alarm, allowing you to start your day on the right note.

This feature is part of Pillow Premium and requires a separate subscription to Apple Music. For more information, visit Pillow’s homepage or Pillow's page on the App Store.

Don't miss out on enhancing your sleep routine with your favorite tunes. Download Pillow now and discover how Apple Music's vast new library can help you find the right thing  to listen for a relaxing good night of sleep.

October 12, 2023

Track Your Heart Rate During Sleep with Pillow’s new Trends section.

Heart rate isn't just a number on your fitness tracker; it's a critical marker of your overall health and well-being, especially during sleep. Numerous studies, indicate that an irregular heart rate can be a sign of sleep disorders or other underlying health issues. Thus, tracking this vital metric can be incredibly insightful.

We're thrilled to introduce a new feature that empowers you to monitor your heart rate trend specifically during your sleep sessions. This goes beyond the generic heart rate trends offered by other apps, focusing solely on the sleep aspect.

The Importance of Monitoring Heart Rate During Sleep

You may wonder why you should bother monitoring your heart rate while you're presumably at rest. Well, your heart rate provides invaluable insights into your sleep quality. Elevated or irregular heart rates can indicate stress, sleep apnea, or other medical conditions that may require attention. By keeping an eye on this metric, you're not just tracking sleep; you're promoting better sleep and overall health.

Introducing Heart Rate Trends during sleep

Unlike generic heart rate trends, this feature is tailored to monitor your average heart rate during each sleep session. You can view these trends on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis, offering a comprehensive overview of your sleep health over time.

But that's not all. You can also compare your heart rate with an array of health metrics, such as weight, caffeine intake, steps, and cycling distance. Additionally, essential sleep metrics like sleep quality, sleep duration, and body temperature can be juxtaposed with your heart rate data. This enables you to discover correlations and monitor how your lifestyle choices affect these crucial metrics.

The trend summary comes in two flavors:

  1. A quick weekly summary for a glanceable view of your heart rate trend.
  2. A detailed view that provides an in-depth heart rate chart along with the average, highest, and lowest values for the selected period.

To use this feature, you'll need permission to access the Heart Rate category, and the data must come from a compatible wearable like the Apple Watch. This new feature complements the detailed heart rate analysis that Pillow offers for each sleep session.

Discover your heart rate trends

We believe that this feature will change the way you approach sleep tracking. Ready to take control of your sleep health? Download Pillow from the App Store or visit our homepage to learn more.

September 29, 2023

Better Sleep Tracking with Pillow’s New Home Screen Widgets

Optimal sleep is crucial for overall well-being and Pillow, offers unparalleled features to make sleep tracking more effective and user-friendly. We are thrilled to unveil a Home Screen Widget Update that refines the best sleep tracker for the Apple Watch and iPhone experience.

Two widgets are better than one

In a comprehensive update, Pillow now offers two widgets designed to provide nuanced insights into your sleep health. These widgets are not just a facelift but a valuable addition aimed at making sleep tracking as intuitive as possible.

Latest Sleep Session Widget

Instant access to the most recent sleep data can offer a quick perspective on the quality and duration of your previous night’s sleep. This, in turn, can influence decisions you make during the day. The Latest Sleep Session Widget gives you a quick glanceable overview of your latest sleep session complete with a detailed sleep stage analysis chart.

Screenshot of the medium-sized Sleep Rings Widget displaying daily and weekly sleep metrics.

Sleep Rings Widget

The second widget, known as the Sleep Rings Widget, is geared towards those seeking a comprehensive outlook two important sleep metrics: Sleep Quality and Time Asleep.. In its medium size, the widget showcases two weekly charts—one for each metric—helping you identify sleep patterns and areas for improvement.

Explore Pillow on the App Store

Both widgets are available in small and medium sizes to make sure there's a perfect size that fits your Home Screen and most importantly your personal needs and style of sleep tracking.

A quick word about some upcoming iOS 17 updates

For those of you wondering about iOS 17 and watchOS 10, Pillow will integrate features like Smart Stack, new App Intents and Shortcuts, and an upgraded Live Activity Notification. These enhancements are designed to make your sleep tracking experience seamless and more interactive and are just a few of the improvements that we have planned for the near future!


Why settle for less when the path to better sleep and enhanced well-being is just a click away? Take the leap towards a healthier you—Download Pillow now.


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?

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