Do you sleep walk or grind your teeth? Would it make you feel better to know if you did? Night Recorder, developed by iPaguri.com, helps you to understand what goes on in the night and helps you get a better idea whether you have any sleep disorders (Parasomnias). Night Recorder was designed to help people learn a little more about their sleeping habits, which may also benefit their health in the process.
I’ll be honest, I know that I was still sleepwalking (somnambulism) in my late teens and I suspect that sometimes I still do. The only way I’ve ever known this is that other people told me that I was up, walking around and talking. Added to that, my dentist told me that I grind my teeth (Bruxism) in my sleep and my husband tells me that I occasionally snore. With this obvious evidence of sleep disorders, I was anxious to test this app and I was not disappointed.
When you open Night Recorder, it has the look and style of an old reel-to-reel tape recorder. The controls are a little small, but not hard to see or use. Before you get ready for your restful (you hope) night’s sleep you click on settings to determine if you want to tape continuously or create “more” files which create smaller files – one for each sound. The continuous file does not record for hours. It clicks on and off as it hears sounds and creates one file for the night. The choice of settings comes down to personal preference.
With my settings selected, I turned the recorder on and went blissfully to sleep. I got up the next morning and eagerly clicked the “files” button on the top of the recorder. I found two files the first night. No obvious signs of disrupted sleep showed up. I coughed a couple of times and the sound quality was crystal-clear and just a bit eerie. Not satisfied with this lack of sleep disorder symptoms I tried it again the next night. I turned it on, said good night to my husband, and went to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was actually surprised to see that it didn’t record my voice saying “good night.”
I don’t know what kind of gee-whiz technology it uses, but it does not record voices in either setting (more or unique) unless they are accompanied by a non-voice generated sound. This would be handy on those occasions when I do sleep walk (and I suspect I still do) – as long as I make enough noise to trigger the recording or take the iPhone with me wherever I walk. Once a sound triggers the recording, Night Recorder will record any voice created sounds. While awake, I tested the recording capabilities by making a sound and then talking. It did record my footsteps (on a hard surface) and voice as I walked away.
Night Recorder also allows you to transfer files to your PC or Mac. I can see how it would be handy to keep a record of certain sounds, and perhaps, even send them to your doctor or dentist.
I liked the app and will use it from time to time as a way to check in on my various sleep disorders. Night Recorder will offer me a degree of comfort and control in those situations and I suspect others will feel the same way. $2.99 seems like a bargain price for this kind of peace of mind.
Night Recorder is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.