If you suffer from sleeping problems then you know it can greatly affect your health and daily life. Common side effects of sleep deprivation include reduced concentration, memory fog and mood changes, but studies have also linked poor sleep to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. Lack of sleep has many possible causes, such as poor diet, certain medications and mental health problems like stress and anxiety. It’s important you take the time to address your sleeping problems. If you have trouble falling asleep, sleeping apps are a simple and useful tool that can greatly help your sleep quality. With hundreds of sleeping apps available, we’ve found the 10 best to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
1. Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle is one of the best sleeping apps out there. It has a sleep tracker that monitors your sleeping habits, providing a detailed report when you wake up. This is incredibly useful if you want to monitor sleeping trends, such as how often you reach deep sleep or wake up in the night. Sleep Cycle also features an alarm clock with a customizable wake-up window so it will wake you up when you’re in light sleep.
This sleeping app provides relaxing sounds to help you fall asleep, such as white noise, nature noises and calming music. You can create your own sound mix and schedule a timer for it to turn off. If you have trouble falling asleep, listening to calming sounds can help you relax and clear your mind.
Calm is loads of features to help you fall asleep, such as Sleep Stories, relaxing music and guided meditation. What sets Calm apart from other sleeping apps is its breathing program, which teaches you relaxing breathing techniques to fall asleep.
Listening to audiobooks before bed is a great way to help you relax and clear your mind. Many people don’t realise Audible has a sleep timer, perfect if find yourself nodding off while listening to your favorite book.
5. Blue Light Filter – Night Mode, Night Shift
Using phones and computers before going to bed is a huge reason many people have trouble falling asleep. The blue light on your screens can alter your circadian rhythm and melatonin levels, resulting in poor sleep. This app removes the blue light on your phone, which will reduce eye strain and promote better sleep.
6. Pzizz – Sleep, Nap, Focus
Pzizz creates “dreamscapes” – unique mixes of music, voiceovers and sound effects. The dreamscapes are tailored to either help you sleep, nap or focus, and you will never hear the same mix twice.
7. Brain Waves – Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are specific tones that can alter your brain activity. Binaural beats have been growing in popularity to help relax, meditate and concentrate. If you’ve tried other sleeping apps without luck, consider trying Brain Waves, which offers an experience that’s totally unique.
8. Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
If you suffer from stress or anxiety, meditation is a great way to help you fall asleep. Headspace is a meditation app to help you sleep, offering a variety of techniques and tips to relax. It also has a bunch of meditation activities to use during the day, so whenever you’re feeling stressed, you can take a quiet moment to meditate and rejuvenate.
9. Sleep Timer for Spotify, Music, and Video
If watching music or videos helps you sleep, download this timer so they will automatically turn off after a set time.
10. Tingles ASMR – Relaxing & Soothing Sleep Sounds
Watching ASMR on YouTube is annoying because you can’t turn off the screen without stopping the video. This app solves this problem. It hosts all the latest videos, so you can listen or watch them with the screen off or on.
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Have you tried any of these sleeping apps before? Tell us your experiences in the comments below!
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