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  1. 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.

    171 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.

    • 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.

      77 votes
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        planned  ·  6 comments  ·  Admin →
      • 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.

        23 votes
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        • 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.

          60 votes
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            planned  ·  4 comments  ·  Admin →
          • 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…

            39 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.

            • Watch OS 3 support - Automatic sleep tracking

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

              143 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.

              • 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!

                11 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

                  128 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?

                    8 votes
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                    • 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.

                      18 votes
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                      • Display how much time each sleep phase

                        It would be awesome to be able to see how much time you spent in each sleep phase

                        109 votes
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                        • Automatically delete audio recordings after a certain length of time to save space

                          I'd like to have my audio automatically delete after a few days unless I've saved it.

                          64 votes
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                          • Notifications should pop up if sleep notices you have been awake for more that one hour. (Customizeable time to do this.)

                            There is a reason why. Let's say you wake up and forget to turn off pillow. Pillow will notice that you have been awake for one hour (customizable, can be 3 hr, 6, etc..) and will give you a notification saying "Did you froget to turn off pillow?" Then you can slide it to the left to select Yes/No.

                            21 votes
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                            • More graphs

                              Be able to Graphically view trend in different types of sleep, deep, R.E.M., light

                              34 votes
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                              • 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.

                                5 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.

                                  18 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.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Wake up 10 minutes before sunrise

                                      I would like to have an option that syncs with local sunrises. Detecting bird songs to wake you up would be a plus. Thanks for making this great app!

                                      13 votes
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                                      • Add Sleep Notes on Apple Watch

                                        As much as I love your app and the improvements you're making to it, I wish that I could add sleep notes directly on the Apple Watch. Since I don't care as much about the microphone and alarm features, this is the only thing preventing me from being able to use my Apple Watch completely independently from my iPhone for sleep tracking. I like sleep notes because they give an even better understanding of my sleeping habits, so I hope this feature is added soon. Thanks for making such a great app!

                                        15 votes
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                                        • Philips Hue integration

                                          This is a really big one for me, the Sleep Cycle app does it and it shouldn't be too hard to implement! :)

                                          11 votes
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