Living With OSA

The Best Sleep Apnea Apps You Might Not Know About

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1. SleepTracker 24/7 | 2. SnoreLab: Record Snoring | 3. Sleep++ | 4. Sleep as Android | 5. Runtastic Sleep Better | 6. Philips Respironics DreamMapper | 7. ResMed myAir

To have a solid handle on how well your treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea is working, you have to be able to monitor how you sleep. A Sleep Apnea app for iPhone or a Sleep Apnea app for Android smartphone can help tell you how well you slept (or how poorly as the case may be).

A visit to the App Store on your iPhone or the Google Play Store on your Android phone can yield hundreds of apps for tracking sleep, and it can be tough to make sense of which ones are the best. In arriving at our final list, we looked at the number of downloads, reviews, and how well users seemed to like the app. We compiled a list of Apple apps and then looked at apps exclusive to Android.

Ready to find out which Sleep Apps made the short list? Read on to find out!

Most Popular Sleep Apnea Apps

SleepTracker 24/7

Specifications:

  • Cost: $0.99
  • Platform: Apple and Android
  • Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
  • Total Number of Ratings: 3,560

Features:

  • Leading Sleep Tracking App for iPhone Since 2012
  • Uses AI Technology to Provide Machine-Learning Insights About Your Sleep
  • Feel Refreshed: Intelligent Alarm Wakes You Up at the Optimal Time
  • Monitors Heart Rate, Activity, and Much More
  • White Noise Generator Helps Aid in Falling Asleep

Feedback:

People seem to like this app. The developers are highly responsive and respond quickly to customer complaints, glitches, and bugs, and look hugely invested in their customers. While not a free app, this app remains one of the more popular on the iPhone platform. Most of the negative feedback observed has to do with the poor placement of buttons, icons, and somewhat disappointing user experience on older versions.

The company has worked hard to correct some of these flaws but overall, and the app has a lot of positive reviews, especially with the release of the latest version.

Visit the official website: SleepTracker 24/7

 
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SnoreLab: Record Snoring

Specifications:

  • Cost: FREE, with Some Premium Features
  • Platform: Apple and Android
  • Average Rating: 4.7 Stars
  • Total Number of Ratings: 3,970

Features:

  • Records, Measures, and Tracks Snoring
  • Integrates With Apple Health App
  • Records Snoring and Allows for Playback
  • Makes Suggestions and Recommendations on How to Stop Snoring
  • Easy to Use

Feedback:

People love this app! Very few negative reviews posted about this app, and it has even picked up several recommendations from doctors. While not explicitly focused on sleep, snoring can be a warning sign of other sleep-related disorders. By improving or reducing snoring, it’s hoped that this can lead to better, more restful sleep, and that’s what this app does.

Visit the official website: SnoreLab Sleep Tracker

 
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Sleep++

Specifications:

  • Cost: FREE
  • Platform: Apple Only
  • Average Rating: 4.2 Stars
  • Total Number of Ratings: 2,790

Features:

  • Integrates with Apple Watch
  • Measures Sleep, Restlessness, Periods of Awakening
  • Displays the Results in an Easy to Read Graph
  • Can Tell When You Fall Asleep and Starts and Stops Automatically

Feedback: Apple Watches can keep track of such a large amount of health data, especially when it comes to the heart. The Sleep++ app taps into that capability and creates an easy-to-use, free tool which can help a person tell, at a glance, how the previous night went. Users have responded to this functionality, and people seem to love this app. The only complaints with this app are that the automatic recording feature doesn’t always work.

I use this app personally, as I have an Apple Watch, and I like to keep track of my sleep data too. The only thing I find lacking about the app is it doesn’t have any personalized recommendations on how to improve my sleep. I know by looking at it that generally, I’m restless for about an hour and a half each night, due to my Sleep Apnea. I wish it would tell me ways I can reduce the incidence of restlessness and get better sleep. Overall, though, I like this app a lot.

Visit the official website: Sleep++

 
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Sleep as Android

Specifications:

  • Cost: FREE, with Some Premium Features
  • Platform: Android Only
  • Average Rating: 4.3 Stars
  • Total Ratings: Data Not Available
  • Total Downloads: 10 million

Features:

  • Focused on Helping a Person Fall Asleep
  • Also Tracks Your Sleep and Offers Suggestions on How to Improve
  • Provides Stats on Sleep Debt
  • Intelligent Alarm Wakes You Up at the Right Time
  • Android Smart Watch Integration

Feedback: This app seems to have some of the best features of the top apps in the field, combining them all under one roof. It seems to work similarly to SleepTracker 24/7, but the reviews have all come back great. Unfortunately for iPhone users, Sleep as Android is only for Android phones. If I were an Android user, I would be very likely to have this app.

Visit the Official Website: Sleep as Android
 
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Runtastic Sleep Better

Specifications:

  • Cost: FREE, with Some Premium Features
  • Platform: Apple and Android
  • Average Rating: 4.1 Stars
  • Total Ratings: 113,549

Features:

  • Tracks Sleep and How Lifestyle Choices, Moon Phases, and More Impacts Your Sleep.
  • Dream Diary Helps You Keep Track of Dreams
  • Works in Airplane Mode

Feedback: This Sleep Apnea app is rich with a lot of features, and can help track things like dreaming, that other apps don’t touch. It also looks at how other factors, such as exercise and alcohol, play a role in helping (or harming) an individual’s sleep. Of all the sleep apps, this one has the lowest overall rating, but most of the reviews indicate that people love this app. Do you need to track dreaming? I’m not sure.

Overall, the app seems to be geared for fitness buffs, and people with an active lifestyle that want the additional data to help get the most out of workouts. The truth is this app may have more data than you need, but if you live a very active lifestyle, you may find it to be beneficial.

Visit the official website: Runtastic Sleep Better

While many Sleep Apnea apps help a person have better sleep, they can’t diagnose Sleep Apnea or serve as an official Sleep Apnea screening test. For that kind of test, you’ll need to see a doctor about conducting a sleep study.

 
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ResMed and Respironics Have Apps for Their Machines Too!

For their flagship machines, Respironics and Resmed have mobile apps that connect your mobile device to the data coming out of the machine. Philips Respironics calls theirs DreamMapper, and the Resmed app is called myAir. Here are the highlights of each:

Philips DreamMapper

Highlights:

  • Tracks Time, Leaks, and AHI From Previous Night
  • Shows Data in a Bar Graph and Makes It Easy to View Previous Sessions
  • Breaks Down AHI Scores, Showing Clear Airway Apneas, Total Obstructive Apneas, and Total Hypopneas.
  • Offers Coaching and Tips to Improve Your Therapy

Visit the official website: Philips DreamMapper.

 
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Resmed myAir

Highlights:

  • Calculates a Composite Score of Your Sleep Based on Tracking 4 Factors
  • Get Tailored Coaching and Reinforcement
  • Watch Hours of Helpful Videos

Visit the official website: Resmed myAir.

Both apps are compatible with both iPhone and Android and are free to download. Because these apps provide somewhat limited information, it’s helpful to have a second app installed on your phone to enhance the data coming back every night.

 
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Summary

There are lots of good sleep tracking apps out there, and each one can be helpful to you as you try to make sense of ways you can improve your sleep. Sleep has such a significant impact on a person’s energy level, and overall health, it’s important to resolve any issues you may be having. Sleep apps can help you do just that.

14 Comments

  1. Is there some type of study which can prove that people suffering from apnea live a shorter life than those who don’t?

  2. Is there an app where I can record my numbers manually without having to use a modem?

      • Armando Mota Reply

        Please Carol, is there any app for wake me up when in apnea situation? Since I am using one smartwatch that tells me the low breath issues, wich ocurs 3 times in week… but I would like some device or app to wake me just when in this moments…

        • Hi Armando, my apologies, but I’m not aware of a device available at this time that will wake you when an apnea is occurring. Have you recently had a sleep study? If not, I would recommend you speaking with your doctor to confirm if you are a good candidate for one.

          If you’re found to have sleep apnea, your doctor will provide you information on the treatment that will best fit your needs.

          For further questions, or concerns, please reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail: cpap@cpap.com.

          Have a great day!

  3. I keep waking up every 3to4 hours.dreammapper app only gives me combined time. I’d like to track the lapse in sleep. Is thier an app for this?

  4. Sleep as Android literally saved my life. My wife had been telling me for years that I would stop breathing in my sleep, but not until I actually heard the audio of it on the app did I decide that I had to do something about it.

    • Hi Deric, we are very happy to hear that you took the initiative to seek proof and receive the help you needed. Thank you for sharing with us.

      If you ever have any questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

  5. Is there an application who rings an alarm to wake you up when you start a sleep apnea during the night? Something that could really save a life?

    • Hi Beatrice, i’m not aware of such a device that will alert you to an apnea, during the night.

      Have you already had a sleep study? If not you should contact your doctor to confirm if you would benefit from having one. If you’re found to have sleep apnea, at your doctor’s discretion, you may be prescribed a life saving CPAP machine.

      For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      We wish you the best!

  6. Are there any apps that take data from Resmed myAir and can share with Apple Health? I’d like to use my CPAP machine to do the sleep tracking, instead of a watch, etc.

    • Hi Sebastian, my apologies, but the last information we received from ResMed is they would love to provide MyAir data in Apple Health however HealthKit, does not currently integrate with therapy data.

      I would encourage you to contact ResMed, directly to confirm if there is any app in development, or if any progress has been made on making an app available.

      You can reach ResMed at: 800-424-0737. For further questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach us at: 1-800-356-5221, or you may e-mail us at: cpap@cpap.com.

      Best Wishes!

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