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Sleep app to help you get more sleep and prioritize your WFH schedule.

[This post contains shameless, albeit thoughtful, self promotion]

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rise-track-sleep-circadian/id1453884781

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leonsasson's avatar
2 years ago

At the risk of frowned-upon self-promotion, wanted to share one of our products!

While a sleep app doesn't sound too related to work stuff, in the last month we've heard of hundreds of people that our using our Circadian Rhythm feature to help plan their WFH days, which often lack the usual structure and schedule. We've got an extended 2-month free trial.

Hopefully will help some of y'all during these crazy and unusual times.

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@stuartdsmith (replying to @leonsasson )
2 years ago

How does this compare to Sleep Cycle? I've used Sleep Cycle for years. Not tied to it but curious what the differences are. Thanks!

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@leonsasson (replying to @stuartdsmith )
2 years ago

Great question. Our purpose is not to track sleep. It's to help you become a better sleep and have more energy during the day. We do that by helping you understand and Circadian Rhythm and Sleep Debt, and helping you form a schedule around those.

That said, tracking sleep is a necessary component, for sure. Sleep Cycle is great at that, the only "issue" is that it's high friction: you have to remember to do it every night.

Rise works automatically in the background without needing to use an external tracker—we use your phone movement data to estimate your sleep time. This is accurate about 80% of the time for most people. If you use other sleep trackers, such as Sleep Cycle or a wearable like Fitbit, Garmin, Oura (my personal favorite) then we would use that data.

We've found that automatic tracking works well in the long run as it doesn't require you to remember to wear or charge a device, outside of your phone, while still helping you get a good enough measure of sleep debt, which explains how you'll feel today.

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@stuartdsmith (replying to @leonsasson )
2 years ago

Cool, thanks. Avail in app store?

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@stuartdsmith (replying to @stuartdsmith )
2 years ago

Nevermind, I see your link above. Thanks again

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maguay's avatar
2 years ago

Hey @leonsasson, thanks for sharing (and making the self-promotion obvious 😉).

What was the story behind your team building Rise? Anything that led you to build this vs. something else? Love hearing the backstory behind apps!

And ... does this include any white noise-type features? Didn't see any at a quick glance.

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@leonsasson (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

@maguay
Starting with your second question:

does this include any white noise-type features?

Yes, we have the concept of Habits. Some folks that have high sleep onset (the academic term for hard trying falling asleep), we recommend our Relaxation habit which includes certain audio guides and white noise features. Give it a shot!

Back to your first question - apologies for the long answer, but you asked:
Our obsession with sleep started 10 years ago when my co-founder Jeff and I met in engineering school. We'd be up late at night pounding the books. We were exhausted.

We started to think our sleep might have something to do with it. This was novel back in 2010 😂 We got a chance to hone our sleep science knowledge with some of the top sleep scientists in the world. That good fortune led us to, in my knowledge at least, publish the first paper on sleep behavior change. Back then it was a simple SMS-only app to help high-schoolers with their bedtime. The initial strong results gave us confidence that we could build technology to help regular people get more sleep amidst the ups and downs of life. We then built an Elite Athletics business and worked with over 15 high-caliber NFL, NBA, College football teams.

And a couple years ago we decided we care much more about helping the masses, so we buckled down to redesign our product, make it hardware-free, and something that millions of people can benefit from, vs only a handful of thousands of elite athletes.

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@maguay (replying to @leonsasson )
2 years ago

Ah super cool you've got that built in. So habits are basically guided ways to build sleep routines?

Wow talk about an MVP; that's fascinating you started with SMS bedtime reminders. Super cool story, thanks for sharing!

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