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  1. Disable app from altering master volume

    When I use this app, sometimes the max loudness of audio is reduced to about half, even when I set the volume to "manual" and at 100%. It even alters this variable even after you exit the app.

    This is really annoying because I want my alarms to be loud. Please fix this or make an option to allow the master volume of the device and alarms to not be altered when using this app.

    33 votes
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    • Nightstand Mode

      In my old sleeping app, Sleep Cycle (Northcube AB), all you had to do was place your device on the furniture next to your bed and it would analyze the sounds and movements solely through the microphone. Better yet, they had a feature where you tapped the furniture twice and it would snooze. I would LOVE to see something like this, for the people that don't like sleeping with their phones directly next to them.

      53 votes
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      • Fix the Apple Watch smart wake up

        Jawbone, Fitbit, etc. all have smart wake up technology. This may be the most important feature of a sleep monitoring app. The smart wake up does not work with the Apple Watch. Please work on this and you will have the BEST app!

        34 votes
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        • Siri integration

          Start a sleep session with just our voice.

          9 votes
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          • Edit sleep length when stop forgotten

            I'll sometimes wake up but forget to hit the stop/analyze function & it'll show that I've slept for 12 hrs with 6 of those hours awake, throwing off all stats. If we could edit/delete the excess end time showing awareness, then all stats would be more accurate.

            113 votes
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            • Silent phone, vibrating watch alarm option.

              Use a vibrate alarm on the watch instead of an audio alert on the phone so you only wake up one person and not the whole room.

              203 votes
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                Hello everyone,

                Pillow on the Apple Watch runs in the background while tracking sleep. At the moment watch OS does not allow access to haptic feedback to third-party apps that run in the background unless they use short term alarms using the Workouts framework which is beyond the scope for Pillow.

                We are optimistic that upcoming updates of watchOS and the hardware of the Apple Watch will lift those restrictions and we will be more than happy to makes this happen.

              • Don't require me to say when I am going to sleep.

                When I go to bed I am often very wound up. I read or watch ASMR videos to fall asleep. I need an app to notice when I fall asleep and not require me to tell it since I very rarely am able to fall asleep when I decide to.

                11 votes
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                • Automatic sleep tracking every night!

                  There is a new app in the store called Auto Sleep that automatically tracks your sleep every night, even if you forget to open the app before you fall asleep!

                  It uses the motion sensors on the watch, so even if you fell asleep before you remembered to start the app, when you wake up in the morning and open the app, it will still upload your movement data from the night and give you an analysis.

                  So the only time you have to remember to open the app before you fall asleep is if you want the sound recording…

                  12 votes
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                    Hello, thank you for your feedback. It’s currently impossible to get motion data from the Apple Watch without having an Apple Watch app and explicitly starting/stopping a session. That is the reason Pillow requires both as required by iOS and watchOS. Any app that claims to do otherwise probably estimates motion indirectly using other data sources such as heart rate data, steps, sleep data from other apps etc., which can be accessed without having an Apple Watch or explicit access to motion data.

                    We are looking into automatic sleep tracking but, from our tests so far, without access to motion data the accuracy of the sleep analysis can be way off so we can’t make any promises yet. Hopefully upcoming versions of iOS and watchOS will also lift those restrictions and in any case we will post updates as we make progress.

                  • Ability to adjust sleep time

                    I often forget to turn off the app in the morning. I would like to be able to edit the time when I forget.

                    75 votes
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                      Hello, thank you for your input. This a feature planned for the next update of Pillow. We will be posting more details as we are nearing the release. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

                    • More consistent data sync from watch to phone

                      My use case is possibly unusual, I have 2 apple watches - but this allows me to use your app at night as well as having a fully charged watch in the morning.

                      I wear my original apple watch overnight. In the morning I get up, end my sleep recording, wait for the analysis and the app of the phone to suggest it has sync'd the data. I then force press the watch app and force a manual resync of the data to phone for extra confidence. I then immediately take off my original watch and put a series 2…

                      45 votes
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                        The upcoming version of Pillow will introduce a completely re-written apple watch that will dramatically improve the reliability of data syncing as well as the simplicity of use. That said, we are still limited by the way the syncing framework currently works on watchOS so we will keep monitoring any progress and incorporate any improvements as they become available.

                      • Pausing the app

                        Occasionally I wake early and read for half an hour or even a couple of hours then fall back asleep for a few. I would like to be able to pause the app or re-start it like some people have suggested...and have the still considered one sleep session if possible.

                        8 votes
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                        • Watch OS 3 support - Automatic sleep tracking

                          Watch OS 3 support - Automatic sleep tracking (run as a background app)

                          157 votes
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                            Pillow’s algorithm uses motion data recorded from the Apple Watch to perform sleep analysis and this data can only be obtained if the user explicitly starts a session from the Apple Watch as required by watchOS 3. Other apps that may claim to automatically detect sleep start and stop times don’t use motion data which, based on our own research and tests, leads to wildly inaccurate sleep analysis. Hopefully newer versions of the Apple Watch and watch OS 3 will allow this functionality.

                          • Watch set to "dark" while wearing at night

                            As soon as I start my sleep with pillow there should be an option that hitting start darkens the screen for the whole night to avoid the bright clock face from waking me up during sleep when I move.

                            31 votes
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                            • Analysis error improvements

                              Apple Watch sleep tracking; since the most recent update I've lost 4 or 5 nights sleep data to 'analysis error'.

                              It may be that this is better error reporting of an old issue, I don't recall seeing it historically or perhaps a new issue.

                              Recommended reboots of phone and Watch have not fixed analysis on the days I've tried however I haven't tried on every occasion.

                              What other debugging information would be useful?

                              12 votes
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                              • Sleep time in minutes instead of fractions

                                Seeing something like "7.7 hours" makes no sense to me. We count time in minutes, quarters and halves, I'd much rather see the exact time I intend to sleep through the night. Trying to figure out 7/10 times 60 is unnecessarily cumbersome.

                                6 votes
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                                • Age consideration for sleep quality

                                  Scientifically speaking, age has a big effect on your sleeping patterns. While older adults often bounce between R.E.M. Sleep and deep sleep in rather shorter periods of time, teenagers often spend most of their cycles in longer periods of deep sleep with less frequent periods of R.E.M sleep. From my experience with this app, I think that age would improve the "sleep quality" by considering age as a factor when calculating sleep quality due to general sleeping differentials between different ages.

                                  28 votes
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                                  • Detect when you get up

                                    I would like the app to show you on the graph when you get out of bed during the night

                                    140 votes
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                                    • Make sleep quality more transparent

                                      I often can't make sense of why my sleep quality was significantly higher/lower than another night even though the duration and the sleep phases were very similar.

                                      It would be nice to get an overview of the factors driving the specific sleep quality.

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Allow Sounds from 3rd Party Apps

                                        I would like to be able to use music or sounds from apps other than my iTunes library.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • One touch start

                                          Enable start of a session on both the iPhone and Apple Watch to occur with the press of start on 1 of the devices

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