The 15 Best Sleep iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
15 Best Sleep Apps of 2013
According to W.C. Fields, “The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” But how do you avoid those restless nights of tossing and turning? Good sleep hygiene is important. Fortunately, there are several apps available to help you fall and stay asleep. Some can even monitor your sleep habits and give you recommendations on what you should do to improve sleep.
If you’re an insomniac looking for relief or simply want to improve your sleep habits, check out these state of the art apps.
Sleep Cycle alarm clock
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 58,231 ratings – $1.99
Do you hate feeling groggy when your alarm clock wakes you up from a deep sleep? The Sleep Cycle app might be able to help. It’s an alarm clock that detects your sleep cycles and wakes you up when you are in light sleep. You can set the app to wake you up within a 90-minute window.
Sleep Cycle saves your sleep data and offers detailed sleep graphs and statistics, so you and your sleep specialist can better understand your sleep issues. With 15 alarm melodies and the capability to use your iPod music, waking up can become one of your favorite activities.
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 856 ratings – $1.99
Variety is the spice of all things in life, including sleep. That's certainly the secret to the fully customizable Sleep app's success.
The app features 100 relaxing sounds of nature—from rain to waves to wind chimes—along with ambient music. You can combine the sounds and songs at different volume combinations. You can even mix your own music in with existing sounds. It's up to you. Add interactive pictures to enhance the experience. When you find a combination that works for you, save it for future, sleepless nights.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson is one of the foremost clinical hypnotists in the UK. If you can't make it across the pond for an in-person session, the Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson app brings his comforting words directly to your smartphone.
Let him take you through a relaxing, guided meditation, designed to aid you in your quest for a good night's rest. Part of the Andrew Johnson series of self-help apps, Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson will help you switch off the stress and discover an inner calm, conducive to better sleep.
Insomnia Cure - Sleep Now - with Max Kirsten
iPhone – 4 stars with 24 ratings – $2.99
The highly rated Insomnia Cure - Sleep Now - with Max Kirsten app features three hours of audio content, including deep relaxation sleep sessions. It also has a 40-page e-book and fact cards from Kirsten, an acclaimed clinical hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) master practitioner.
This is a unique, hypnotic relaxation sleep program based on Kirsten’s work with patients suffering from sleep difficulties. Kirsten designed the app to help even those suffering from extreme stress, anxiety, or disruptive sleep patterns achieve an effortless night's sleep.
Yoga for Insomnia
You've tried everything else, from pills to counting sheep, yet you just can't seem to fall or stay asleep. There's another effective strategy that you may not have already considered. Yoga is a proven stress-reducer, so why not make it part of your better sleep plan?
The Yoga for Insomnia app offers a series of calming, even tranquilizing hatha yoga poses, emphasizing correct breathing methods. It is designed to improve sleep patterns and sleep quality. With beginner or advanced sessions, this app can benefit all skill levels.
Relax & Sleep Well
Glenn Harrold is a prominent UK hypnotherapist and self-help audio author with over 20 years of experience and a long list of celebrity clients. The Relax & Sleep Well app offers sleep-deprived folks a 27-minute hypnotherapy session. The app places Harrold's soothing voice on a bed of subtle, 60 beats-per-minute background sound effects, designed to relax you and help you sleep better.
Relax & Sleep Well also offers stereo-echoed, post-hypnotic affirmations and direct suggestions to facilitate deeper changes more quickly.
When you're trying to fall asleep, a little soothing can go a long way. With fully customizable pzizz sleep, you'll get words of encouragement from neurolinguistic programming master trainer Michael Breen, and many other features.
Choose a duration of 10-60 minutes, and pzizz sleep's structured, random algorithm will create a unique soundtrack every time use it. Whether you opt for inspiring words, mesmerizing music, soothing sound effects, binaural beats, or a combination of all of the above, you'll be lulled to sleep in no time. Just don't forget to set the alarm or you might miss that morning train.
Sleepmaker Rain Free
Have you ever noticed how the rhythmic sound of rain can make you feel tired?
If you’re having trouble sleeping, play Sleepmaker Rain Free. It features real rain recordings, professionally looped by a sound engineer and recorded in a top format. The award-winning app features 20 different rain tracks. With Sleepmaker Rain Free, you'll learn to see the silver lining in even the stormiest of weather.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
Android – 4.4 with 6,849 ratings – Free
Do Android phones dream of electric sheep? They do when playing the Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep app, designed to lull even the most difficult sleeper.
Start your own personal audio therapy by selecting from a list of six distinct, high-quality natural sounds. The app features ocean wave sounds, bird song sounds, and jungle sounds. Water sounds come highly recommended for insomnia therapy, so don't be afraid of a little rain on your sleep parade.
Sleep Soundly Hypnosis
Android – 4.1 stars with 761 ratings – Free
You're getting sleeeeeeepy. According to a 1979 study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, hypnotherapy helped insomniacs fall asleep more quickly and for longer periods.
If you're looking for a drug-free sleep aid, why not try hypnosis? The Sleep Soundly Hypnosis app brings you a 39-minute session, blending guided imagery and deep relaxation techniques to soothe you to sleep.
Relax Melodies Oriental Meditation
iPhone – 5 stars with 1,067 ratings – Free
Are you looking for a Zen state of mind? Relax Melodies Oriental Meditation, a variation on the popular Relax Melodies app, offers simple, calming, oriental-themed melodies and white noise.
You can create your own mixes from the 36 sounds and three binaural beats or even combine the sounds with your favorite iTunes songs to customize your nighttime playlist. This app also includes images and an alarm system.
Relax and Rest Guided Meditations
iPhone – 4.5 stars with 454 ratings – $0.99
Stressed out and having trouble falling into a deep sleep? Meditation is one of the best ways to relax and let the worries of the day slip away. The Relax and Rest Guided Meditations app has three guided meditations to relax your mind and prepare you for sleep.
The best part is that you don’t need to have any previous experience with meditation, so even novices will benefit from this app. Adjust the volume, add music or nature sounds, close your eyes, and get ready for your journey to land of nod.
iPhone – 4 stars with 34 ratings – $0.99
This app combines music with binaural beats (delta, theta, and alpha tones) so you can fall into a sleep state naturally. eSleep lite features ten 40-minute loops that include white noise, pink noise, and natural sounds. It is sure to relax you and have you on your way to peaceful sleep. The app also includes adjustable volume, a timer, and alarm.
Long Deep Breathing
iPhone – 4 stars with 34 ratings – $0.99
Breathing and relaxation are closely connected. Long, deep breathing techniques have been used for years in yoga and meditation to calm the spirit, body, and mind. The Long Deep Breathing app is a simple and convenient aid to helping you relax. It also has two extra features for insomnia and self-healing. You can use this app for a few minutes a day, making it worthwhile for even the busiest schedules.
iPhone – 3.5 stars with 4,032 ratings – Free
aSleep is simple app with a comprehensive library of soothing sounds to help you get to sleep. You can relax with nature sounds, lullabies, everyday noises, or instrumental music. This versatile app has a timer, alarm, and adjustable speed and volume. With 65 different sounds and four easy steps, this sleep aid is sure to have you aSleep in no time.
Use an App to Improve Your Sleep
Insomnia is a common problem that affects 30 percent to 40 percent of adults in the U.S. It can be a result of poor sleep habits, illness, anxiety, or simply having a routine that’s out of sync with your biological clock. There are many treatments for insomnia, including medication and therapy. These apps can also be useful in assessing your sleep habits and establishing good sleep patterns.
We selected these insomnia apps based on their potential to aid people with insomnia and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to insomnia and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with 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 Federal Drug Administration (FDA).