Sleep apps: Which are the best?
White noise apps
Sleep cycle apps
Pillow: Also free of charge in the Apple store, Pillow provides advanced sleep tracking that automatically senses and monitors your sleep. Its algorithm creates a complex sleep stage diagram that features the length and times of each sleep stage entered during your sleep session. It’s integrated with Apple’s Health app as well, so you can know how your health and weight statistics factor into your sleep quality.
Headspace: Created by co-founder Andrew Puddicombe, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk, Headspace is free for basic content and $95 annually for full access on both iOS and Android. Use the free version to hear 45-minute audio experiences to help you relax and sleep, while the paid option gives over 40 themed meditations, plus a lot of sleepcast and music alternatives to thoroughly chill you out before bed.
Calm: The Calm app features a vast library of meditations made for sleep and lowering stress, as well as bedtime stories for both kids and adults featuring the gentle voices of celebrities like Laura Dern and Matthew McConaughey. Calm is free for certain features and $70 annually for the full gamut. Get it on iOS and Android.
**Note: Calm is currently free for teachers and schools.
10% Happier: This is one of the most varied apps for sleep, featuring assorted meditations ranging from just a few minutes to almost an hour, a vast array of courses on various meditation genres, and even the option to get help from a coach. You’ll get 10% Happier for both iOS and Android free of charge for the first session. After that, you can pay $15 per month or $100 per year for full access.
Other relax and sleep apps
Awoken: For anyone who has trouble with waking up due to dreams or has an interest in lucid dreaming, this app looks promising. Available free of charge with an in-app purchase for Android, Awoken helps dreamers become aware of their dreaming through journal and practice exercises.
Relax Melodies — Sleep Sounds: Free on both iPhone and Android, Relax Melodies combines music, relaxing sounds, brainwave beats, and guided meditation to create the ultimate personalized sleep app combination. One of the most unique free sleep apps, the sleepless will find countless combinations of sounds to suit their needs.
Pzizz: A favorite of NBA star Roy Hibbert as well as author J.K. Rowling, Pzizz offers insomniacs a treatment using psychoacoustics divided into over 100 billion sequences. The sequences, called focuscapes in the daytime, help users stay alert during the waking hours. Then, dreamscapes chime in to lull you to sleep at night. Get classic Pzizz for free, or spring for the premium paid version. Find the apps on iOS and Android.
Reflectly: For those who enjoy reflecting on their day, take a peek at Reflectly. It’s a journaling app, but you don’t even need a journal to use it. Use Reflectly as an intelligent journal instead. Let it ask you questions about your day, your thoughts on various subjects, and about any problems or issues you’re up against. With this as part of your bedtime ritual, you’ll likely find that you sleep better after releasing your worries into the journal. Another among the best free sleep apps (for the free trial portion, at least), Reflectly is available for $24 for three months and $48 per year after the free trial is over. Get it on either iOS or Android.
If you haven’t found what you need here, consider other options to see what might help you sleep better. Those who sleep hot or wake up with night sweats might do better with some cooling bedding or sleeping with the window open, a fan running, or the air conditioning turned up a notch. Your sleep position may not be a good match for your mattress or pillow, too. Don’t hesitate to pop into our sleep section for additional guidance.
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