Sleep Apps: Do They Work?
Let’s all acknowledge a cold, hard truth. Your phone is probably your life. Sad, but true. There’s no need to hide it, as you’re clearly not alone.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Morning meditation?
No, you check your phone.
How do you decide what to wear? By stepping outside to feel the temperature?
No, you check your phone.
What do you do when you’re hungry at night? Cook a nice meal?
No, you order on your phone.
While our phones can be a hindrance to certain aspects of life where taking time adds value, falling asleep is one aspect where time reduces value. The longer it takes you to fall asleep, the less sleep you get and the more your mind wanders to unhealthy places.
But what’s the solution? Getting an Emma mattress is for sure a good start, but are there additional measures you can take? Of course! Sleep apps are becoming more and more popular as phone usage becomes more and more ingrained in our routines. These apps claim that they have the technology to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. But do they work?
Research and popular opinion claims yes (for certain apps).
These are the top sleep apps available for download on your phone according to experts:
Relax Melodies is a popular choice, as it combines sounds and melodies with meditation guidance to put you in the right frame of mind of a restful sleep. They even offer bedtime stories and breathing techniques.
Relax & Sleep Well is the app for you if anxiety is what plagues your bedtime. Relax & Sleep Well was designed by a psychologist who offers hypnotherapy and meditation recordings to hamper the demons that haunt you as soon as your head touches your pillow.
White Noise offers a more simplistic technique to combating insomnia. The app allows you to choose from a variety of soothing noises found in nature, in order to lull you gently to sleep. The consistency of the noise helps your body keep a rhythm while asleep.
Pzizz was developed with the science of psychoacoustics in mind. The app tailors a combination of white noises, melodies, and voiceovers to your specific sleep needs. The flow of the sound is said to bring you to sleep quickly, and allow you to wake up feeling refreshed.
Sleepo is unique in that it gives you the power to create the best sleep mix for you. The app offers different categories of sounds that you can mix and match. Who knows what relaxes you better than you, right?
Not only are there apps like these to help you fall asleep, but there are also a variety of apps on the market aimed at measuring the quality of your sleep.
Sleep Cycle monitors the patterns of your sleep to help you determine what sorts of internal or external factors could be affecting your sleep. You can use this to set yourself up for a better sleep in the future.
Pillow is an app that works in conjunction with your Apple Watch. Alternatively, you can leave your phone on the bed as you sleep. Then, the app tracks the levels of your sleep. You can set a window for a wake-up alarm, and it will wake you up in the lightest stage of sleep in that window.
Good Morning Alarm Clock offers a similar service as Pillow, tracking your sleep and waking you up at the optimal moment for you to spend the day refreshed and feeling well-rested.
Next time that bout of insomnia creeps up on you and you can’t seem to shake it on your own, test out some of these apps for yourself! Let us know what you think.