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An Overview of Sleepytime

Sleepytime's Purpose

Sleepytime offers the ability to control various music players, including iTunes, so that you can go to sleep and wake up to your own music and trash that old, screechy alarm clock.

The Main Window

Most of Sleepytime's controls are visible in its main window. The rest can be found in the app's preferences window which can be accessed through the "Sleepytime" item in the menu bar. The following figure shows the different areas of Sleepytime's main window:

The status display indicates the current state of the active music player (you can see which player is active by looking at the small icon at the left of the "Player Controls" bar). Sleepytime also informs you of various things through that display.

The Player Controls bar serves two purposes:

  1. It enables you to choose the player that Sleepytime will control (iTunes by default).
  2. It enables you to control the selected player (if it is running). Sleepytime acts like a remote control for your music player so that you don't have to open the player to skip a song or toggle repeat and shuffle, for example.

Below the Player Control bar reside the sleep timer options. These options enable you to select a timer duration, fade out duration and offer the ability to put your Mac to sleep, shut it down, restart it or log out of your user account after the music stops.

Note that this feature will be disabled if the alarm is activated because Sleepytime cannot wake up your computer if it is put to sleep, shut down, etc. This is due to the fact that asking the user for administrative rights (which is required to wake up the computer from sleep), is currently prohibited for apps distributed through the Mac App Store. If you would like to see that feature make its way into Sleepytime, you are encouraged to send feedback to Apple asking them for this feature.

The alarm options can be found below the sleep timer options. Those can be used to have Sleepytime wake you up to your own music. Simply select a time, some music in the "By playing" list, then activate or disable fade-in.

After you've configured the timer and alarm options to your liking, simply press the "Sleepytime!" button to start Sleepytime.

Alarm Volume Configuration

If you activate the alarm (by checking the "Wake me up at" box), the alarm volume configuration window will pop up:

Alarm volume window

It is in this window that you adjust the volume of the alarm music. Simply adjust your sound system or Mac's volume as well as the player volume (using the Slider in Sleepytime's alarm volume window or through the player itself), then press "Next...". You are then given a chance to adjust the volume of the music to go to sleep to before starting the sleep timer and alarm countdown.


For more information on various Sleepytime features and how they work, simply navigate to Sleepytime's help index and choose a topic.

Feature Requests, Bug Reports and Feedback

If you have a feature request or a bug report to make then you can contact me through the support page on I'll be happy to hear from you!

I hope you like this app and find it to be useful!