10 of the Best Sleep Apps that Help You Sleep Better
There’s an app for everything these days, including helping you track and improve your sleep. Getting the most out of your sleep will ensure more rested mornings and more productive days. But how can technology help make sure that you are getting the sleep that you need? And not just that you are sleeping long enough, but that you are also actually getting the right type of sleep? Here are ten of the best sleep apps that will help you sleep better:
If you want an app that works as an alarm and helps you get the very best sleep, this is the best app for you. It uses what it calls a “scientific approach” to waking you up. It uses the accelerometer in your phone to track your sleeping habits and then allows you to choose a window of time, rather than a specific time, during which it will wake you up. After tracking your cycle for a few nights, it will be able to wake you up at the optimal point in your sleep schedule.
Like SleepCycle, you’ll find yourself being woken up at a better point in your cycle. All of us go through cycles while we sleep, sometimes being in a much deeper sleep than others. This app aims to wake you when you are the closest to being awake. You’ll also get a number of metrics that tell you just how well your sleeping (including how much sleep you’ve missed that you need to make up) and tips for getting better, more restful sleep.
Though this app is only available for iOS, it has lots of functions that make it ideal for the average Apple users, especially if that user suffers from occasional insomnia. It uses music to help you get to sleep and then different music to help you wake up in the morning. Instead of waking up stressed out and tired, it wakes you up gently, so you are ready for your day when you actually open your eyes.
4. Sleep as Android
If you want to track your sleep and get a better alarm system that wake you up when you are ready to be woken up, this is a great option for you. It also has a feature that is great for the person that often uses their phone as an alarm clock but finds themselves turning off the alarm and going back to sleep. In order to turn off the morning alarm, you have to pass a few simple tests that engage your brain and make sure you actually are getting up.
One of the more complicated apps on this list, Motionx is designed to be not just a sleep tracker and alarm, but to actually give you way more information about your sleep than you probably ever knew you wanted to know. It can even help you diagnose sleep apnea. It checks your heart rate, your weight, whether or not your snore, etc. It also has a handy goal system that rewards you when you get enough sleep at night and enough activity during the day. More comprehensive than other options on the list, it will help you shape your life around getting more sleep.
6. Sleep Time+
For both Android and iOS users, you’ll find a streamlined sleep tracker and cycle alarm clock in this app. With a more attractive and user-friendly interface than many of the other similar apps, it also has a wider variety of sounds and metrics that are very detailed. If you like the idea of a smart alarm clock app, but want a few more features, this is probably the app that you should try.
If your issues is that you have difficulty getting to sleep, this is the app that you should use. It is a comprehensive sound board, allowing you to change the volume of sounds, add in different sounds, and create your own relaxing medley of noises to help you get to sleep. Unlike a lot of other apps that just provide you with white noise or a few nature sounds, you get vocal tracks, nature noises, and music to help you get a deeper, more restful sleep.
8. White Noise
There are lots of apps that can provide you with white noise, but this is probably one of the best. White noise is a great way to cover up noisy neighbors, roommates, traffic, or family members when you are trying to get to sleep, and there are actually a lot of different sounds that you have access to—not just white noise. There are also a number of premium sounds that you can purchase once you’ve downloaded the app.
9. Sleep Genius
If you are looking for a scientific way to improve your sleep, this is the one that you should choose. You can customize a sleep program specifically for you, using the app to lull yourself to sleep and then set a smart alarm to wake you when you are most likely to be receptive to being woken. If you want to track your sleep, you will have to pay for the premium version, but if you’re just looking for a way to get to sleep faster and have a more restful sleep, this is the app for you.
10. Relax and Sleep Well Hypnosis
This app won’t actually hypnotize you, it will just guide you through a series of meditation practices to calm the body and the mind. Developed by actual hypnotherapists, if you find yourself anxious or stressed out in bed, this is a good way to calm yourself down and get some sleep.