Do you find it hard to fall asleep? Once you’re finally asleep, do you find it hard to stay that way? In our world of distractions and to-do lists, it’s hard to quiet our minds enough to actually get some rest. Fortunately, even though apps often distract us from sleep, there are also apps designed to help you get a good night’s rest.
Is your problem that your sleep isn’t very restful? Tracking your sleep cycle can help you uncover why you’re not getting enough rest, and there are some very good apps to help you do that. Sleep Cycle uses your microphone to track your sleep patterns, and then wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep. Apple’s Bedtime works much the same way but gives you more control over your wake-up time. It also tells you when it’s time to go to bed so that you can get enough sleep before it wakes you with a peaceful tone. Pillow does all this and more, even allowing you to time naps, and offering your information about your REM cycles, your heart rate, and how long it takes you to fall asleep.
What if your problem isn’t so much sleeping peacefully as it is falling asleep in the first place? Try one of these useful apps to help you fall asleep:
- Pzizz: This beautiful looking app features soothing, cinematic music, with or without narration, to help you wind down and go to sleep. The music fades out after an hour or so to help you stay asleep.
- Headspace: Meditation: Depending on your goals, this app breaks up meditation into manageable segments. It sends notifications to remind you to meditate during the day and helps to calm your mind before you go to bed at night, with meditations that last only a few minutes.
- Calm: Similarly, this app helps soothe your mind before you go to bed. The meditations are longer, and the app features ambient sounds of nature, as well. The combination of nature sounds and music do a great job of quieting your mind and helping you to become peaceful.
- Podcasts: The app is less important than the content here, and there’s a wealth of content out there. We suggest something to make you laugh, or a story-telling based podcast like This American Life. Use the sleep timer, and your podcast won’t wake you once you’re asleep.
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