Sleep is super important for our wellbeing. In modern day society and with many of us leading such busy lives, sleep is something many of us struggle with. It can be hard to switch off and wind down to have the restful night of sleep you deserve each night. There are many things that you can do to help you sleep. Some of these positive behaviours include having a bath an hour before bed, working on your routine, or even eating bananas (trust us- Google it). Another great thing to try is using sleep apps. Many of these are free and easily accessible. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the ‘top-rated’ sleep apps on the market today. If you are struggling to sleep, give some of these a try, and see if they help you catch those ever-precious zzz’s.
The ‘Sleep Sounds’ app gets many 5-star ratings on the app store and is completely free to download. With over 5 million downloads, it is a popular choice around the world. This app has a range of soothing sleep sounds to help you feel calm and relaxed before bed. The different sounds available include nature sounds – such as rain – or other options, like white noise. The app allows you to create your own mixes of sounds after learning which you prefer. It also allows you to adjust the volume for each sound when creating your mix, and schedule a sleep time to automatically turn off your mix after a certain time-period. You could set the app away to drift off to sleep too, using your favourite soothing sounds.
Calm has been downloaded by millions around the world and has been quoted as the number one app for sleep and meditation. The app creators pride themselves on the app’s suitability for a wide range of users, including meditation beginners and seasoned experts. The app provides a wide range of soothing sounds, sleep stories, and meditations to help you find what best works for you. It also allows you to choose the ideal length of mediation to help find what best suits you, from 3-25 minutes. The meditations on the app are titled to help you choose which may be useful for you, and they include ‘Calming Anxiety’ and ‘Managing Stress’. There are also over 100 sleep stories to choose from, some of which are read by much loved celebrities including Matthew McConaughey and Kate Winslet. You could use the app to meditate before bed, or play a sleep story to drift off to sleep with.
Many people struggle with tinnitus, which affects their sleep quality or ability to sleep. If this is something you struggle with then this could be the app for you. The app has been developed with tinnitus experts to provide the best support through a number of different methods. The app provides CBT therapy to train your brain to respond differently to the tinnitus sound, helping you to habituate, so that you become no longer distressed by the tinnitus. The app also provides tinnitus meditation, mindfulness, and relaxing sounds and soundscapes to give you lots of tools to help manage your tinnitus and support you to achieve a restful night’s sleep. The app has many 5-star reviews from those who have struggled with tinnitus, noting how useful the app has been to manage their condition and help their sleep quality.
‘BetterSleep: Sleep Tracker’ scores 4.5 out of 5 rating and has over 10 million downloads. This app does cost, so be mindful of this before considering if it is something you’d like to choose. Like many other apps, this one provides calming sounds, music, meditations, and bedtime stories. The app also has some unique features, which could be useful for those struggling with sleep, including a sleep tracker to help you track your sleep and understand where your sleep problems lie. The app then provides sleep science to help you understand your personal sleep needs and chronotype. The creators of this app proudly note that this app is recommended by neuropsychologists and sleep experts. This would be a good app to download if you are unsure of your difficulties and want to know the science behind how it can be fixed.
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