3 Must-Have Apps For The Sleep Deprived Worker

The Sleep Deprived Worker

After working in the tech industry, I am used to people sleeping in weird places. I’ve seen coworkers curling up on desks and company coaches, snoozing in parked cars, and even drifting off while standing. It’s standard stuff in a field where time and money are limited. But sleep should not be a luxury–it’s actually a key part to a healthy work life, as important as the hours you’re actually working.

The problem is that many small business owners aren’t getting enough sleep, especially those in tech: Jack Dorsey, Twitter and Square co-founder, recently admitted to working 16-hour work days, sleeping a total 4 hours a night while Marissa Mayer reported logging 130-hour work weeks at Google. Suddenly, all-nighters aren’t just for college students cramming for finals. Even more it’s effecting our focus, attention, and overall performance at work.

If you’re feeling like you could use a few more quality hours of sleep, here are 3 apps that won’t give you extra time in bed but will certainly improve the quality of your waking hours.

F. lux


What is it?

F. Flux is a software program that adjusts your computer’s color according to time of day to reduce eye strain and help keep your normal sleep pattern. For the late night worker, this app is a must. Your eyes will thank you later.


  • Syncs with your geographical coordinates, Zip Code, or city name
  • Adjusts color throughout the day, not just sunrise and sunset.

Cost: Free

Platforms: Compatible with Mac & Windows


Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

What is it?

The app calls itself the “intelligent alarm clock.” While you sleep, it monitors your movements and analyzes your sleep patterns to wake you up in your lightest sleep phase. It’s really easy to use, too. All you have to do is put your phone under your pillow (or couch cushion).

What are its features?

  • Detailed statistics and graphs on your personal sleep pattern
  • Ability to use your phones music as your wake-up alarm
  • Sleep notes that let you see how things like drinking or stress affect your sleep quality

Platform: Iphone & Android

Cost: .99


Sleep Machine


What is it?

Let’s be honest. There are times when you need to take a quick power nap at work. Sadly, workspaces are not your bedroom, people tend to work there, and the office is often loud. If you’re looking for a quick power nap before pulling an all-nighter, download Sleep Machine. The app offers great soundscapes to help put you to sleep and a built-in sleep timer that will wake you before anyone notices.

What are its features?

  • Sleep Timer with fade-in alarm
  • Pre-loaded and mixed soundscapes

Platform: Iphone, Ipad

Cost: $2.49

Sure, sometimes working late is inevitable. However, these apps prove that it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health to do it. In fact, good health practices can help make those late nights a little more bearable.