An Alarm that Adjusts Itself for More Sleep? Yes Please.

*Insert iPhone alarm sound* Can you hear it ringing in your head? The sound we all too well know, your morning alarm. How long does it take you to calculate how much sleep you’re going to get based on what time you intend on going to bed and waking up in the morning? What if we told you that your phone could do it for you? Well, Apple had a patent publish for adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency. Sleep onset latency is the time it takes a person to fall asleep after turning the lights off. In this application, a users’ device will track the time it takes to fall asleep and can delay the time of alarm depending on how long it took to fall asleep. It can then also report on the quality of sleep received. If the user needs a hard alarm then the device will suggest ways to better fall asleep or time to go to sleep in order to get a good night’s rest. The device does this by detecting sleep ritual activities which include activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. It then determines when the user is asleep based on detected sleep signals (e.g., biometric data, sounds, etc.).

Being that this patent was published in early November of 2021, we could expect the following tech won’t be in any recent iOS updates. However, if Apple wants to stay ahead of the competition it may roll it out by beginning or mid-2022.  This is a pretty niche market technology as most other sleep-related companies aren’t integrating alarm systems. This could send Apple ahead of the pack in the consumer sleep market. We are excited to see when the rollout will be and how it will be integrated into people’s daily routines.

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