If you have trouble getting yourself to bed at a decent hour, do you think having an alarm to remind you would help? Apple thinks it might and the tech giant just unveiled a new iPhone feature, “Bedtime,” that’s an alarm to remind you it’s time to hit the hay.
The feature lets you put in what time you wake up in the morning, how many hours of sleep a night you need, and then it gives you a bedtime. You can set it to go off right when it’s time to turn in or up to an hour beforehand.
Last month, Westin Hotels announced something similar for sleepy travelers: a “bedtime call” where a staff member calls an hour before bed to remind them to start winding down. But does this kind of notification help us get more sleep? Sleep specialist Dr. W. Christopher Winter says he thinks it’s a great idea.
It’s a helpful signal to start the whole process of getting to sleep. "If your bedtime alarm goes off at 11 p.m. and you're not quite able to get to bed,” Winter explains. “Maybe you turn off of a bunch of lights and put your devices away.” At the very least, it could keep you from starting another episode on Netflix.