There are few things more important to your health and wellbeing than getting a good night’s sleep. Not getting enough kip can cause all sorts of problems, from poor concentration to bad memory, not to mention lethargy and short temper, to name but a few. If you’re struggling to get the recommended eight hours sleep a night, there are a wealth of sleep apps available to help you out. Here’s some of the best sleep apps to try if you’d like to get a better night’s rest.
Particularly useful if you find waking up difficult, Sleep Cycle analyses your sleep and wakes you up in the lightest phase to ensure you’ve had enough rest. Instead of setting an alarm, you set a 30-minute window to be awoken in and the app judges when it’s the perfect time to wake you up. Arguably one of the most intelligent alarm clocks around, Sleep Cycle claims to be the natural way to wake up, ensuring you feel rested and rejuvenated. The app also tracks your sleep to record the quality of your kip, with the ability to add factors that may affect your sleep, such as caffeine intake.
Sleep Genius declares itself to be the “most scientifically designed sound program for sleep in the world today” – not a claim to be taken lightly. But, when you consider the research behind this sleep app was used by NASA to ensure their astronauts get enough shut-eye, it’s easy to believe. Opposed to traditional white noise, Sleep Genius uses customised sleep music in its programs to lull you to sleep, before guiding you through each phase of the sleep cycle and gently waking you up when you’ve had enough rest. If you’re willing to splash out on some in-app purchases, you can buy more sleep music programs, as well as music designed specifically for relaxation and power naps.
If your dreams are waking you up in the middle of the night, then Awoken is the best sleep app for you. It acts as a journal for you to log your dreams and helps you practice mental exercises to achieve a lucid dreaming state. The aim is to help you better understand your dreams and learn how to be aware you are dreaming while doing so – sounds trippy, right? By using audio cues, Awoken trains you to increase your awareness while in the dream state, helping you get a better night’s rest. You can earn achievements as you go along, as well as track your progress to review at any time.
Just what the doctor ordered – Digipill comes equipped with a variety of hypnotic audio “pills” to go beyond a sleep app. Not only can it help you get a better rest, Digipill can boost your health and wellbeing through relaxation, motivation boosters, stress busters and more. Each pill takes less than half an hour out of your day to listen to and should help you fall asleep in just 15 minutes. A particularly great app if you suffer from anxiety as well as insomnia, Digipill promotes mindfulness to help you eradicate inner turmoil and replace it with collected confidence.
Sleep Well Hypnosis
Not as scary as it sounds, Sleep Well Hypnosis works by reducing any distractions that may be preventing you from drifting off by aiding self-hypnosis. The sleep app features guided meditation that helps to erase any anxious thoughts from your mind, lower adrenaline levels and lull you to the land of nod. Simply listen to the 25-minute audio tracks provided every night and enjoy a deep slumber. Sleep Well Hypnosis comes with the option to purchase more tracks designed for different objectives, such as weight loss and lucid dreaming.