FAQ

How does Rise know my sleep need, debt, circadian rhythm?

Rise uses data from your phone and/or wearable and biomathematical models from sleep science to learn your unique sleep biology. These models are widely accepted by researchers in the sleep science field, which is nearly 100 years old.

Does Rise track my sleep stages - light, deep, and REM sleep?

While we love sleep data, we strongly believe you shouldn't be looking at sleep stages. The main reason is that we don't believe it will help you become a better sleeper or feel better. The good news is that your brain self-optimizes which stages you spend time in so there's not much use trying to track or optimize it. While many sleep apps and devices show sleep stages, they are at best an educated guess. Here's what a 2019 accuracy study says about the Oura Ring sleep tracker: "agreement of 65%, 51%, and 61%, in detecting “light sleep” (N1), “deep sleep” (N2 + N3), and REM sleep, respectively."  Fitbit's accuracy numbers are similar. There's also a myth that REM sleep and deep sleep are the best. That's also not true. All the stages of sleep have benefits for you. So rest easy knowing that your brain is doing all the work for you while you sleep and you can stop worrying about stages of sleep.

How does Rise help me sleep and feel better?

Rise keys on sleep debt - the single metric sleep researchers agree most contributes to how you feel and perform on any given day. So if you build up sleep debt usually you perform and feel worse (although you can also sometimes feel worse when you get more sleep). If you pay off your sleep debt then you'll feel and perform much better. Knowing this single number can help you prioritize your sleep overnight.

Rise builds schedules that include routines focused on solving root causes of your challenges.

Rise takes a behavior science-based approach to building routines into lasting habits that support a lifelong healthy sleep practice.

How is Rise different from my (other sleep app, wearable, etc)?

Rise learns your unique sleep biology and customizes your entire experience accordingly. You are not human X who needs 8 hours of sleep. You're you: how much sleep you need and the times of your energy peaks and dips are very individual.

If you're asking how Rise is different from X, and X is a sleep tracker.... tracking your sleep is like handing you a scale and telling you to lose weight. Our mission is to actually improve your sleep. Rise makes sleep measurement and tracking useful by applying sleep science and your data to make meaningful recommendations and support better sleep.

Do I need a wearable or other device in order for Rise to work?

No. All you need is your phone. Use it the way you normally do. No need to sleep with it in your bed either.

If you wear a wearable to bed (e.g. Apple Watch, Oura Ring, Fitbit, Garmin) Rise can use that data as well, but it's not necessary.

For most people, your phone is very accurate - even more than wearables it turns out.

Our goal is to be a long-term resource to your healthy sleep and better life. Any time you need to wear, charge, plug in, or sync something, the chances you'll do that over a long period of time aren't high.

Is Rise based on science?

Rise puts nearly 100 years of sleep science to work in our approach. In fact, Rise's two co-founders were the first to publish a paper that showed sleep apps can help people get more sleep and feel better.

How long before I see results?

Most Rise users feel better in 1 week to ten days. Sometimes less.

If you're carrying particularly high sleep debt, and you pay down several hours in a few days, you should feel a big difference in 2-3 days. Sometimes you'll feel more tired when you get more sleep. That's known as a sleep hangover. While you might feel a bit groggier, your performance is actually better. After another night or two you won't feel that effect.

Does Rise work on Android?

Rise is currently available on iOS.

Android is on our product roadmap. Provide your info here and you'll be among the first to know when the Android version is ready.

What data does Rise gather?

Rise is integrated with Apple's HealthKit and receives phone movement and steps data. If you use a wearable, Rise can receive data, through HealthKit, from it too.

Rise also gathers data from your interactions with the app.

I thought it was best not to have devices in the bedroom?

Devices definitely contribute to procrastination, stimulation, and emit blue light that suppresses melatonin productions and keeps you awake. We certainly advocate for no TV or computer in the bedroom.

Most people (based on our data) touch their phone soon before they go to bed and soon after they wake up. Rise uses the best passive data methods (phone data) to calculate sleep duration. We also help build routines and habits that discontinue use of devices, but don't necessarily banish from the bedroom.

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