The Best Sleep iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Best Sleep Apps of the Year

    Best Sleep Apps of the Year

    You’ve probably had trouble falling or staying asleep at some time in your life. Cramming for exams, stressing about work, and over-indulging in late night TV can leave your mind and body too stimulated to rest.

    This list of apps will give you the tools you need to find your way back to the serenity of a good night’s sleep. Nature sounds, self-hypnosis, and other techniques will help guide you to your quiet place, where you can shed the day and welcome sleep with open arms and a soft pillow.

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  • Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

    Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

    iPhone – 4.5 stars – $0.99

    One of the keys to good sleep habits is getting into a cycle or pattern. To get on track you’ll need feedback about your sleep habits — something you can’t witness on your own because, well, you’re asleep.

    Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is one of the top paid iPhone sleep apps for obvious reasons. It not only analyzes and graphs your sleep quality, but also lets you add sleep notes, and wakes you up at your lightest sleep time using soothing tones. To use this app, all you need to do is place your iPhone under the sheet on a corner of your bed. The rest happens automatically.

  • Sleep

    Sleep

    iPhone – 4.5 stars – $0.99

    This app will send you into dreamland with hundreds of soothing sounds, gentle lullabies, and hours of relaxing music. Designed to help you unwind and release the tensions of the day, the Sleep app is a remedy for the overworked mind. 

  • Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

    Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

    iPhone – 4 stars – $2.99

    Android – 4.5 stars – $2.99

    The Seattle-based app developer HiveBrain Software collaborated with highly acclaimed hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson to bring you a guided meditation. Johnson’s calm and soothing voice takes you on a journey to a more peaceful place, and leaves you deeply relaxed with a clear mind as you drift off to sleep. This app will rid your mind of the chatter that often plagues insomniacs. 

  • Insomnia Cure

    Insomnia Cure

    iPhone – 4 stars – $2.99

    Packed with hours of audio content and 40 pages of insomnia tips and learning tools, the Insomnia Cure is the brainchild of internationally renowned hypnotherapist Max Kirsten. This app comes after Kirsten’s highly acclaimed apps for weight loss and smoking cessation. Follow this insomnia treatment program for a stress-free transition into natural sleep that will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

  • Yoga for Insomnia

    Yoga for Insomnia

    iPhone – 4 stars – $4.99

    Android – 5 stars – $4.99

    Yoga for Insomnia is based on traditional Hatha yoga practices and incorporates poses that stretch and relax the body. Mindfulness and breathing techniques are combined with soothing music and illustrations of poses to create a restful ambiance. Allow your body and mind to unwind and release the tensions of the day. 

  • Relax & Sleep by Glenn Harrold

    Relax & Sleep by Glenn Harrold

    iPhone – 4 stars – Free

    Android – 3.9 stars – Free

    Profound relaxation through self-hypnosis will lead you out of the land of insomnia and into a world of restorative rest. Glenn Harrold narrates your journey to inner peace. His soothing voice is laid over subtle, calming background tones to create an effect that will have you falling asleep naturally in no time.

  • Pzizz Sleep

    Pzizz Sleep

    iPhone – 3.5 stars – $4.99

    Each time you use this sleep app, a unique soundtrack is created using soothing sounds and inspiring words. Your stress will melt away as you drift gently to sleep. You can set Pzizz Sleep to play for 10 minutes to 10 hours. Settings also include the ability to control the volume of individual elements. This app is great for unwinding at any time of day.

  • Sleepmaker Rain

    Sleepmaker Rain

    iPhone – 3 stars – Free

    Android – 4 stars – Free

    What could be more soothing than the natural sound of rain? With a 24-hour timer, you can wake up refreshed after falling asleep to nature’s soothing tones. Recordings range from the gentle sounds of raindrops on forest foliage to an all-out thunderstorm, allowing you to select the type of rain that you respond to best. With so many selections to choose from, you’re sure to find a favorite.

  • Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

    Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep

    Android – 4.4 stars – Free

    This simple app allows you to play a variety of nature sounds. Whether it’s a crackling campfire, songbirds, or the roar of the ocean surf that relieves your tension and calms your mind, this app has them all. Tranquil images accompany the soundtracks, giving you a visual focal point as you listen and allow your body to relax and drift off to sleep. When the built-in timer wakes you, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to face the day.

  • Sleep Soundly Hypnosis

    Sleep Soundly Hypnosis

    Android – 4 stars – Free

    Kym Tolson, a licensed hypnotherapist, offers a guided relaxation session to have you sleeping like a baby in no time. The app comes with a ministore where you can purchase all of her hypnotherapy sessions. Conquer your fear of flying, stop biting your nails, or learn to study more effectively with Tolson’s guidance, purchased through this app.

  • Relax Melodies

    Relax Melodies

    iPhone – 4 stars – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars – Free

    This visually pleasing and interactive “mixer” lets you select and blend your own elixir of gentle music and nature sounds to enhance relaxation. You can overlay sounds from frog to flutes, and tweak the volume control of each. Add in noises or remove them. You can also select from a “favorites” section of specially blended sounds designed to soothe. 

  • Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

    Relax & Rest Guided Meditations

    iPhone – 4.5 stars – $0.99

    Android – 4.5 stars – $0.99

    These three meditations of varying lengths are designed to have a calming effect and guide you into a deep, restorative sleep. You can select to listen for 5, 13, or 24 minutes, and the meditations can be accompanied by music or sounds of nature.

    This app is designed to help you get centered and release the stresses of the day so you may enter a restful state and enjoy uninterrupted slumber.

  • Long Deep Breathing

    Long Deep Breathing

    iPhone – 4 stars – $0.99

    Breathing is so automatic that you are probably unaware of how much it can impact your overall well-being. Learning mindful breathing techniques can have the power to control your stress and give you the ability to relax and fall asleep naturally.

    Long, deep breathing is used as a tool in both meditation and yoga. It plays an important role in all aspects of your health, from helping you gain control of your emotions to aiding in physical healing. This app will teach you breathing techniques to help you overcome insomnia. 

  • aSleep

    aSleep

    iPhone – 3.5 stars – $0.99

    Ready to shake and shuffle for a new listening experience each time, this app comes packed with 65 high-quality stereo sounds. It’s simple to use: Pick a sound, set the timer, and start the clock. In addition to helping you fall asleep naturally, this app is also useful for meditation, yoga, and stress relief.

  • Relaxing Nature Scenes

    Relaxing Nature Scenes

    iPhone – 4.5 stars – $1.99

    Relaxing Nature Scenes is loaded with 20 individual themes, each with four soundtracks offering the ability to customize your own relaxation experience. Choose from over 100 individual sounds and combine them to make the perfect mind retreat.

    Designing your own slumber setting is guaranteed to give you a good night’s sleep, or even just an afternoon mini-getaway from the hustle and bustle of a stressful work week. Nature sounds from the ocean to the forest are sure to calm your soul.

  • SleepBot

    SleepBot

    iPhone – 4.5 stars – Free

    Tackling insomnia can be a tiring task.  Using SleepBot tracker to understand your sleep patterns can be just the insight you need. The motion and sleep tracking capabilities of this app combine to give you useful information about your sleep cycles.

    The app allows you to see your nighttime slumber in graph form and gives you an idea of when you’re getting the most and least amount of rest. Packed full of resources to help you sleep better, this app has been widely acclaimed and comes highly rated.

  • Sweet Dreams!

    Sweet Dreams!

    If you’re wide-awake, unable to sleep, and wondering what you can do about it, wonder no more. Get started with this list of helpful apps and before you know it, you’ll be sound asleep and reinvigorated to tackle a new day.

    Whether you need to reduce the stress in your life, learn better breathing habits, or track your sleep patterns to learn what helps, there’s an app for you. 

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these sleep apps based on their potential to aid people in achieving a better night’s sleep in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to sleep issues. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make insomnia more manageable.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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