Which Are the Best Apps for Sleep?

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Answered by: Eloise, An Expert in the How To Sleep Better Category
Nobody likes lying awake, tossing and turning, staring at the clock, thinking about how exhausted they'll be the next day. Insomnia can be extremely frustrating, and is often triggered by stress, anxiety, and lack of a good bedtime routine. The following apps for sleep will help you to relax before bed and get into a better bedtime routine. This should ensure a night of high quality sleep, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Relax Melodies by Ipnos Software

What do you usually do before bed? Watch TV? Listen to music? Browse the web? Many of these activities overstimulate the brain, making it difficult to fall asleep. Listening to simple sounds is a proven way to help you relax and prepare for sleep. This free app provides a wide variety of soothing sounds and melodies, perfect for winding down before bed.

What makes this app extra special is the fact that you aren't limited to listening to just one sound. By tapping on different sounds to activate and deactivate them, you can layer different tracks to create your own personal bedtime soundscape. For example, combine the gentle of hum of city traffic with the pitter patter of raindrops, or layer soothing ocean sounds with melodic birdsong. You can even add binaural beats or isochronic tones to achieve a deeper level of relaxation.

Journey - Diary, Journal by 2 App Studio

Is your mind buzzing with thoughts, ideas, and worries as you try to fall asleep? Lying in bed in a dark, silent room with no distractions can often cause your mind to go into overdrive, and problems which seemed insignificant during the day can become magnified, causing you so much stress and anxiety that you struggle to fall asleep. This digital journal is a great outlet for those thoughts. Writing down your worries can be a huge relief — you might not realize how big until you actually try it.

Journey is super easy to use. Simply tap the plus icon to add a new entry, and type away to your heart's content. You can embellish entries with stickers and photos, and add information on your location. Taking a few moments to reflect upon your day can be extremely therapeutic. It's also a great way to track your mood and sleep schedule, allowing you to easily look back through old entries and see how much progress you've made.

Sleep Well by Processing Box

So much more than an alarm clock, Sleep Well is a brilliant app that creates a personalized sleep program, just for you. The first time you open the app, you'll be prompted to enter a few details about yourself, to help tailor your plan. For the first 10 days of using the app, you'll be asked to enter information about your sleeping pattern, which will be used to optimize your sleep plan.

Tell the app what time you plan to go to sleep, and the approximate time you'd like to wake up, and you'll be presented with a series of options of wake up times, along with how many sleep cycles you will go through if you choose this time. An alarm will then be set. You'll also be asked whether you woke up before the alarm, and whether you had a good quality of sleep. By calculating the best time for you to wake up, your sleeping pattern will be better regulated, and you'll feel much more refreshed and awake during the day. The longer you use the app, the more it learns about you, and the more effective it will be.

Your smartphone or tablet might seem like a strange place to look for insomnia cures, but don't knock it until you've tried it. It's true that using your device too often before bed can be counter-productive, causing your insomnia to worsen, but by being selective in the apps you use, you could improve your sleeping pattern massively. See these apps for sleep as a stepping stone to better sleep health — after a while, your sleeping pattern should be so improved that you won't even need to use the apps anymore.

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