The best sleep apps for a good night's rest
Sleep – it can be tough to find at times and no matter how many sheep you try to count jumping over that little fence, the zzzz’s just won’t come. Thankfully, like all things in our life, there are a number of apps to download that can help in the sleep department. Here are five which are tried and tested by the beautyheaven team.
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Designed with a two-prong approach, Calm helps reduce stress and induce sleep is loved by many people all over the world. All the way from calming meditation tips right through to storytelling to send you off to sleep like a child would, this app also includes videos with calming techniques to try at any time of the day.
2. Deep Relax
Developed in 2013, Deep Relax harnesses the power of relaxation through sound. With the ability to use sounds such as wind chimes, rain and ocean waves to drift off to sleep, this app is ideal for those who crave some soothing sounds to help get to sleep. Opt for one of the sounds, or combine more than one to create your own sleep soundtrack.
Headspace is designed to give you the tools to be able to practise mindfulness and meditation in the comfort of your own home. With different sessions to choose from you can focus on areas such as breathing, happiness, exercise and also sleep. Choose your session and make your way through the course to unlock all of the benefits of adopting a mindful, meditative state.
4. Smiling Mind
Developed by psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind is an app that is 100% non-profit-based and has one mission in mind – to support their vision of helping minds thrive and for them they believe this is through mindfulness. With a few short questions on sign up, this app can be tailored to your needs and sleep is one of the choices and a reason why many people use this app. The meditation sessions for sleep cover breathing, sensing and connecting which are all vital parts of ensuring sleep comes to you effortlessly.
5. Sleep Cycle
Sleep cycle, although isn’t designed to send you off to sleep is a great app to download if you want to chart your sleep cycle. Using technology which charts movement and breathing which can both be altered in the settings mode, you are able to see the different stages of your night’s sleep. When you wake up, you are able to see the times you entered a light and then deep sleep and a graph analysis is made. This clever app also knows when to wake you up gently while you’re in a light sleep mimicking a natural wake up time.
Did you know....
If you're not a fan of adding to your app collection, if you have a Spotify account, you can search up sleep music and set your phone timer to switch off after a period of time. Happy sleeping!
Do you use any of these apps to drift off to sleep?