Doctors and people in health have told us for years that sleep is really important. They tell us we need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night for a properly functioning body and mind. There is a direct link between how much sleep you have and how well you function during the day. Not just because of tiredness but because of your cognitive functions, metabolism and mood.
Here are 3 of the best apps we have found which can help aid us sleep in this digital world. If you have a smart phone be sure to check these out if you have trouble sleeping.
1. Relaxing Sounds
Relaxing Sounds provides over 27 sounds that are designed to help promote relaxation and help you get to sleep. The app also comes with pictures to represent which sound is playing. If you have an Android device then you should definitely check this app out!
2. Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle is an app that’s been around for a while, available on the app store. It claims to be a ‘bio alarm clock’ and will analyze sleep patterns and wake you up while you’re in the lightest cycle of sleep. If you’ve ever heard of REM (not the band) and sleep cycle stuff, you will know why this works so well.
If this is too much science for you, to put it simply, it wakes you up when you’re ready to be woke up. You simply stick it under the duvet covers, and it records your sleep. It will even show you a little graph that displays which hours you were most awake and most asleep.
This is particularly a great app if you’re interested in both waking up more peacefully and recording your sleep so you know how light or deep you have slept. You can record this over time to see how much you are improving.
SleepBot is a whole suite of sleeping tracking tools to help you manage your sleep. It is available on the iPhone and ipad. You can, like SleepCycle, set alarms with different wake setting to help you get the most out of your sleep. You can then view your stats and share them online… (Not sure how interested other people will be in how you slept, but hey…)
eSleep contains background music and tones that help promote deep sleep. According to their appstore page delta, the ta and alpha tones provide a relaxing atmosphere to your brain to help you fall into a deep sleep naturally. The sounds loop over and you can pick from a whole range of sounds to fall asleep to:
- Birds Call
- Boreal River
- Bug Song
- Ocean Waves
- Rolling Thunder
- Spring Forest
- Much much more…
It also has a built in alarm, just in case you fall into too much of a sleep 🙂 You can also record your own sounds as loops for your falling asleep music.
So there you have it, 3 apps to help you fall asleep naturally. Hopefully by trying these apps you can have a better sleep. Let us know how you get on in the comments.