Buzz Usborne

Naptime App


My first son, Austin has never slept well — to the point where we began tracking his sleep just to make sure he was getting the bare minimum to survive. That kid really hated sleep. Of course there are a bunch of baby apps that let you track time — but none of them visualized your input in a useful, beautiful way — so I built one. What else did I have to do at 3am?

Visualising time Direct link

Making sense of time is somewhat of a passion — having dyscalculia, comprehending time has always been a difficulty of mine — so I set out to create a better “picture” of each day without the need for timestamps.

The design was simple enough — the day is book-ended by blocks of nighttime, and interspersed with naps. Each awake and asleep period could be hovered for more information, average wake and sleep times were plotted, and trends such as whether a nap was good or bad was marked.

Shockingly, the app was able to identify some trends that our tired human eyes had missed. It was able to identify what times produced the most ideal naps, and what bedtimes led to the fullest nights. Above all else, it also showed that things were indeed improving, though admittedly very very slowly.