10 Apps For Better Sleep

Can’t get no sleep? Up with the owls and falling asleep as your alarm goes off? Then do you find you can’t concentrate properly all day because you’ve had yet another lousy night? The trouble is, with today’s stressful life and all those stimulating screens not to mention mugs of black coffee…it’s hard to achieve 7 or 8 hours sleep. The average adult needs approximately 7 hours a night and when you don’t get the right amount, you run the risk of weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart disease. Additionally, lack of sleep leads to a decrease in brain performance, concentration difficulties and an increase in accidents. If this sounds familiar, then you need to find a method that’s tried and tested. You need a method that helps you to wind down effectively and lulls you into dreamland for a deep, refreshing and rejuvenating sleep. That’s why we’ve researched the 10 best sleep apps to make sure you get the zzzz’s you need.

1

Relax Melodies

This app comes with a variety of relaxing sounds and melodies to help to encourage sleep. If you still struggle to drop off, you can add some of their meditations to the background sounds. All in all, Relax Melodies is a very soothing experience that helps your body and mind to wind down after a busy day.

2

Recolor

This is a different approach to traditional sleep apps. It gives you u to 1,000 different images for you to colour and during the task, you should start to feel relaxed and sleepy as you’re concentrating on the image. The idea here is you get into a meditative state, banishing anxiety and so you’re ready to fall sleep. Choose from all different themes including scenic images, animal images, patterns, pop art and food (although the latter may make you hungry!).

3

Noisli

This app uses sound and colour together to create a relaxed state of mind. It is even able to cut out background noise so you stay focused on chilling out. You can combine different colours and sounds such as ambient noise, water, birdsong, thunderstorms and even white noise to create a relaxed atmosphere. Once you find the right combination for you, you can save it. There’s also a built-in timer which is good to use as a countdown when taking a break or when you have a full night’s sleep. Not only does it help you to fall asleep, it aids in relaxation and can even help you to reduce headache/migraine.

4

Sleep Cycle

This app tracks your sleep cycle, analysing your personal sleep pattern. You need to key in your wake up time too, and the app gently rouses you to make sure you feel rested and refreshed, rather than shell-shocked from your alarm clock in the middle of a dream! It works using your microphone which picks up your sleep movement, this works out what type of sleep you’re in (light, deep or REM sleep). After a few days, its intelligence knows your sleep pattern and detects the quality of your sleep. This is probably better for monitoring sleep rather than getting you off to sleep although it does help you to wake up feeling ready for the day.

5

Sleep Time

This is another app that gets deep into your sleep psyche to understand and analyse the type of sleep you’re getting. It can keep an eye on your movement during sleep using its microphone and it creates graphs based on your sleep patterns. There’s even a smart alarm system designed to wake you up when you’re in light sleep so you feel refreshed. To relax, it uses soundscapes such as ambient noise, rivers, birdsong, thunderstorms and more, all of which are designed to help you to sleep better.

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Pillow


This is a sleep tracker and analysis app that keeps an eye on how you sleep. It quickly learns how well you sleep, what your wake-up time is and therefore gives you an accurate picture of your sleep quality. It integrates with Apple’s Health app which gives you a bigger picture of your entire wellbeing. It can even help you to see how your weight, blood pressure, calories, caffeine, alcohol and heart rate affects your sleep quality. Again, not an app that helps you sleep but an app that tells you whether you’re sleeping well enough or not.

7

Pzizz

This sleep app helps to send you into the land of nod. It also “promises” to keep you asleep and wake up feeling ready to take on the day. It uses psychoacoustic (sound perception) and devises sound sequences and dreamscapes for each sleep cycle. The app combines music, sound effects and gentle voice to relax your mind. Before purchasing the full version, the app is so confident it works; it offers a free 7 day sleep challenge so you can try before you buy!

8

Digipill

This free app helps you to banish bad nights of sleep. It also helps you to monitor weight loss, reduce anxiety and even motivate you to do better! It uses sounds and language to enter your mind and change the way you look at life. Depending on what you need (i.e., to wind down, sleep better or control anxiety levels), it creates a specific “pill” treatment lasting half an hour. Using headphones it lulls you into the right state of mind for relaxation, motivation or sleep. The first “pill” is free, subsequent pills (different programs) are purchasable through the app. It’s excellent when you want a pick-me-up during a stressful day or when you want to relax and sleep.

9

Relax and Sleep Well

This free app was created by Glenn Harrold, a well-known hypnotherapist and is a great app to relax your mind, combat anxiety and get into the right sleeping habits. It is loaded with four different meditation recordings (you can purchase more in-app). Each recording is designed to cover weight loss, mindfulness, self-esteem, anxiety and sleep problems (plus many more too). The idea behind this app is it sends you to sleep through hypnotherapy using voice and sound.

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Good Morning Alarm Clock

Our final sleep app is the Good Morning Alarm Clock and as it sounds, it’s designed to help you to wake up feeling refreshed and rested. Like some of the others mentioned above, this app wakes you up at the right point in your sleep so you are ready for the day ahead! It monitors your sleep pattern during the night using a graph and it lets you know the quality of your sleep habits. You can also wake up to your favourite playlist if you want!

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