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Name of mobile application
Sleep Cycle alarm clock.
Health and fitness.
iOS 8.0 or later/Andriod 4.0 or later.
Free for iPhone; Android $A1.49.
About the app
Sleep is an essential component for athletes due to its physiological and psychological restorative effects.1 Sleep is categorised into two main phases, non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep which consists of progressively deeper sleep stages 1, 2 and 3 and REM sleep.2 While REM is associated with learning and memory processes, slow-wave sleep (SWS; NREM 3), the deepest sleep stage is where growth hormones are secreted stimulating protein synthesis necessary for muscle repair and growth.3 Despite conflicting research; when sleep is interrupted during the wrong sleep stage (ie, SWS and REM) it may result in lower levels …
Contributors ML contributed to the concept, design and write-up of the manuscript. GDR and CS contributed to the review and editing of the manuscript.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.