Top 5 best sleep apps to improve your sleep quality
If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, it could be time to turn to technology and download one of our recommended best sleep apps.
We get that after a long day, there is no better feeling than sliding under your soft duvet and drifting off to sleep. But what if it’s one of those tossy-turny nights when counting sheep is not doing the trick?
Check out these sleep apps that in just a few taps can help get you back on track and sound asleep.
Are sleep apps good for you?
Considering that the blue light emitted from digital screens can harm your sleep quality, turning to your mobile device to help you sleep seems contradictory. It’s not.
Using a sleep app could help induce the tranquillity you need for a soothing sleep. By shifting your focus away from anxious thoughts (or sheep), these apps use sound (rather than light) to bring you back to centre, so that your body gets the message that it’s time to switch off.
Top 5 best free apps to help you sleep
Whether you’re unable to keep a quiet mind at bedtime, battle with midnight waking or can’t seem to find the right time to rise and shine in the morning; there’s an app for that.
Here are our top 5 picks:
If you’re the type of person that can’t turn off your busy brain before bed, then Pzizz is for you. This sleep app is an all-in-one go-to-sleep hub, combining music, sound effects, and binaural beats to ease you into the z’s zone.
Pzizz uses an algorithm to deliver a similar soundtrack each time you use it, which trains your mind to associate that particular sound with sleep. Cool, right?
Is thinking about sleep when you’re trying to get to sleep keeping you awake? Then you need Pillow.
This app is a sleep tracker designed for your Apple Watch, which automatically senses when you fall asleep. It can record and track your movements, sleep cycles and determine if you snore or sleep talk.
What’s great about this app (and most tracking apps) is that it allows you to compare your sleep to determine what’s keeping you up. (Was it skipping that workout? Or that extra glass of wine? Now you’ll know.)
3. Relax & Sleep Well
Yes, this one is quite alternative. Relax & Sleep Well uses simple hypnosis techniques to soothe you to sleep. If the idea of hypnosis sounds a bit too radical, don’t worry. Hypnosis won’t put you in a trance. Instead, it helps you get into a deep state of relaxation.
This sleep app guides you through the process using a combination of voice-led hypnosis and relaxing sounds to lull you to sleep… You’re getting sleepy, so sleepy.
Dubbed a digital pharmacy, Digipill is an app that combines guided meditation with music to help you with everyday issues, including falling asleep. Depending on your sleep issue, you can choose a “pill” (meditation or talk) that will help alleviate it.
Not only can you choose guided talks and meditations to help you fall asleep, but there are also options to help to boost your confidence, improve concentration and motivate you to make healthy changes. Time for that workout!
5. Sleep Time
What happens during your sleep is no longer a secret with Sleep Time. This app tracks your sleep cycles, giving you information to make adjustments to your sleep habits, optimising your energy levels and overall health.
By monitoring your body motion, REM cycles, and the length of time you spend sleeping, it can give you valuable insights on how to fall asleep faster to get more restful sleep.
What we love the most is how it “scores” your sleep quality. As a result, you can make adjustments to your sleep hygiene, like changing your bedtime or the time that you wake up. (We give this one a 10/10!)
Do sleep tracking apps really work?
Yes. If you’re the kind of person who is motivated by being monitored to reach your goals (or if you simply love technology and understanding your sleep), then a sleep tracker may be your new best friend.
However, when it comes to your overall sleep health, sleep apps are not a cure-all. You still need to put in some effort on your side, as many of our daily habits can affect the way we sleep and the quality of sleep we get.
Using a sleep tracking app (to know the type of sleep you’re getting) combined with good sleep hygiene habits (to condition your body and mind for sleep) can help make your sleep app of choice that much more effective.
On the whole, sleep trackers and sleep apps are great companions for our sleep, because the more we understand about sleep and the more we can practise getting better sleep, the more we can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier life.