Are you getting enough sleep? In today’s world of TV, smartphones, laptops, and other forms of communication, it can be challenging to turn your mind off for a good night of sleep. With all of these distractions, it is easy to have a night filled with tossing and turning. It seems like getting a good night’s sleep is a hard thing to come by.
What if I told you that there are now apps that can help you achieve the night of sleep you desire? There are three types of apps that can help improve your sleepless nights: sleep trackers, blue light filter apps, and sleep meditation apps. Now, let’s look at each of these to see which one best suits your needs.
Sleep Tracker Apps:
One of the best sleep tracker apps is Sleep for Android. This is a free app with a paid premium version available. Not only does it track your sleep, but it also acts as an alarm clock. The best part of this app is that it can play lullabies to help relax your body and mind. It also has wake-up verification to prevent you from over sleeping, anti-snoring measures, sleep talk recording, sleep apnea pre-screening, and more. Their other features include integration with smartwatches and wearable devices, Philips Hue smart bulbs, social media, and Spotify.
Sleep Cycle is another sleep tracker app that is available. It used to be a paid-only app, but now has a free version available. It is available for both Android and iOS users. This app tracks your sleep cycles and tries to wake you up during your lightest phase of sleep closest to your wake-up time. Waking up during your lightest phase of sleep can help you feel more refreshed. With the premium plan, you can track long-term sleep trends, take notes about that night of sleep, compare your sleep data against the world, back up your sleep data online, and more.
A third app you can download to track your sleep is Good Morning. This app tracks how well you sleep, then tries to wake you up during your lightest phase of sleep, just like Sleep Cycle. Good Morning provides a detailed statistics report about your sleep. This app also allows you to create sleep goals and reminders. This app is free for Android users and costs $5 for iOS users.
The Best Blue Light Filter Apps
Twilight is easily the best app for Android users. All you have to do is input your location and the app will automatically warm-up your screen as day turns into night. The goal of this process is to eliminate the “blue light” that is apparent during the hours before you sleep. Blue light has been shown to disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm.
C.F. lumen is another app that’s available for Android users. This app was created to control the brightness of your phone screen. There is a free version of this app, but for more options there is a fee.
The Best Sleep Meditation Apps
Calm is an Android and iOS app that is recommended for destressing and relaxing. This app helps to clear you mind before going to sleep. This app provides a guided meditation that leads you towards relaxation. This app can also play music, help you breathe, and read aloud “sleep stories”.
A Soft Murmur is another app that is available for Android and iOS users. This app allows you to mix and match different types of white noise with different types of background noise . You can also individually control the volume of each of the sounds. Four sounds are free and there are six extra sounds that are available for an in-app purchase.
A third app for sleep meditation is Pzizz. This is also available for Android and iOS users. This app works by combining voiceover narrations with different techniques such as guided imagery, mindfulness, progressive muscle relaxation, and even hypnosis. Using this app is very simple. All you have to do is set a timer for how long you want to sleep and let the app do all the work. Each session is unique so you don’t get accustomed to just one method.
If you are struggling to sleep, you definitely have to download one of these apps. Your sleep problems can change with a simple click of a button to download an app.
Written by: Megan Williams
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