There’s an app for everything, including better sleep. While technology can hinder sleep, such as when you watch television right before turning in, it can also be used for better sleep hygiene. Tech has revolutionized sleep, whether you depend on a CPAP machine to aid in your sleep apnea or you’re interested in something a little more comforting than a blaring alarm clock to get you up in the morning. Why not download an app and enjoy better sleep starting tonight?
In terms of price, you can pay as little (to the tune of free) or as much as you can fathom for the right app. However, bear in mind that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. Before making a big app purchase, check the “return policy” and see if there’s a trial test period. After all, you don’t want to lose sleep over wasted money.
For just $2.99, this app is a sound generator that dishes up white and pink noise. You can customize it to play your favorite sounds, and the gorgeous user interface featuring push notifications will let you know when new options are available. There’s no need for additional in app buys, and it’s touted by many with mild cases of sleep troubles as a saving grace.
2. Count Sheep HD
At $1.99, this app is worth a try and lets you count virtual sheep as they leap over fences. It’s geared towards children, it’s simple and has a lovely design. You can also opt for songs to accompany the sheep and be comforted by the twinkling stars in the distance. To ensure your best sleep, use it on a tablet that’s propped up on a bedside table.
3. Relax and Rest Guided Meditation
This app is just $0.99 and offers a choice of guided meditations that help you drift off into your best sleep. It’s like the savasana you always want in yoga class. Enjoy light background music and select from different lengths of meditation to suit your preferences. There are three paths to choose from: Deep Rest Meditation, Whole Body Guided Relaxation and Breath Awareness.
4. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Also just under one dollar, this incredible app uses your phone’s accelerometer and changes it into a sleep phase monitor. It figures out your sleep pattern and identifies when the best time to wake you is within a reasonable window.