I think it’s fair to say that no one wants to be stressed during pregnancy, and we might resort to yoga, meditation and other coping tactics to get us through especially tough situations. But what about everyday spikes of stress? Like, say, bad news? Having to slam on your brakes? A loud noise?
There’s a new iPhone app designed to lessen the stress we feel when the alarm clock goes off in the morning. The concept is actually quite interesting, but do you think it’s necessary during pregnancy?
The iPhone app is called Gentle Alarm, and it’s designed to gently wake you up in the morning without a startling jolt.
Your phone will actually track your sleep cycles and develop an individualized procedure that literally guides you out of your deep sleep cycle and into your light sleep phase, until softly waking you in the morning. And the “intelligent control cord” will continue to adapt to your individual cycles — without any wristbands, headbands or other interfering gear.
The app claims to make you feel more refreshed and focused, as well as reduce your cortisol level. According to the app, “stress/cortisol exposure during pregnancy may pass an increased risk for certain health problems onto children.” But do you really attribute much of that stress to your alarm clock? Would you use this app?