5 Apps That Will Help You Sleep Better
There are numerous benefits to better sleep, from better performance at work, to better relationships at home, to a better sense of wellbeing, a better handling of stress and unexpected events, and the list goes on. Apps might not seem to be your first port of call, but in fact there are online apps which could work for you. These are just 5 of them, but there are many more:
This app utilizes a variety of different music, voiceovers, and selected sound effects to aid your sleep. It is designed using cutting-edge clinical research, enabling you to take power naps as well as whole nights of sleep. It puts into practice the concept of psychoacoustics, a branch of psychology that researches sound perception and its effect on your physiological condition. The basic features are free, although you’ll need to subscribe annually for the full range of features. It has a built-in alarm, and you can set a timer so that you’re not late for work the next day.
This is a sleep improvement program and is supposed to help you get to sleep more quickly. It is combined with the Sleepio course, which claims to harness evidence-based research (in the form of CBTi; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia) to help resolve sleep-related problems, including those unwanted interruptions to one’s sleep cycle. After competing an initial questionnaire, you log in and meet ‘The Prof’, your virtual sleep expert. There are 6 core sessions, and a daily sleep diary that helps you track your progress. You must download the app, which is free with iOS, and again, the basic package is free but extras will cost you.
A team of experts will interact with you via this app, and their sole purpose is to help you to get to sleep or to remain asleep throughout the night. It helps you to identify the fundamental causes of your insomnia, and its team of coaches and sleep experts tailor the course to suit you personally. In the first half of the program you will undergo a rigorous online sleep review. In the second half you’ll be mentored on how to control and improve the quality of your sleep, and you will be tracking your progress all the way.
4. Sleep by Headspace
This app promotes a soothing bedtime experience, by communicating sleep sounds and guided meditations, which help you get to sleep and enter into deep sleep. Sleepcasts, typically 45-55 minutes long, make use of both sound and visualizations in order to create perfect conditions for deep, consistent sleep. The basic Headspace meditation course is free of charge, although monthly or yearly subscriptions allow you to access the complete library of content.
This app has ambient sounds and colors that trigger a state of peacefulness within. It allows you to blend a personalized range of sounds, including rain, wind, thunderstorms, leaves, and water streams with coffee shop bustle and white noise. Such sounds encourage the brain into a place of reduced stress so that headaches, migraines will be eased, and even babies or toddlers may be helped into sleep mode. Its aim is to minimize annoying background noises and improve concentration once you awake.
Hopefully you can choose the app which is right for you. Technology, so often blamed for an increase in stress and anxiety, can actually become your best friend in terms of getting a good night’s sleep. Have a go at a few different apps, and the choose the one that works best for you. And remember, it’s not the sleep itself that counts, but what the sleep will enable you to do better when you’re actually awake.