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Being able to get the amount of sleep your body needs is an important part of managing your health. But logging that magic number of zzz’s doesn’t come easily for many of us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-quarter of the U.S. population reports not getting enough sleep at night on occasion, and almost 10 percent suffer from chronic insomnia.
Insomnia can be caused by medical conditions like asthma and chronic pain. It can also be caused by mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. In addition, having insomnia over time can also cause or worsen health issues like high blood pressure and depression. But there are treatments and tools that can help you rest easier at night. These days, aid can also come in the form of an app. The apps below may be a helpful addition to your insomnia treatment plan.
While you sleep, Sleep Cycle rests under your pillow and works to gather data. The app then uses that information to wake you up when you’ll feel the least groggy. Easy-to-read graphs help you make sense of your sleep patterns. Its newest version now has patented sound technology that can detect snoring.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
Sometimes we need a little help to unwind from the day. Deep Sleep uses step-by-step instructions to guide you into meditation and relaxation. The app is based off of Andrew Johnson’s best-selling CDs that have helped people worldwide to cope with stress, anxiety, and addiction.
Relax & Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold
Glenn Harrold has over 20 years of hypnotherapy experience. Now you can have it at your fingertips. In addition to free hypnotherapy and meditation recordings, there are several in-app purchases tailored for different conditions, like anxiety, stress, insomnia, and more. The app is designed to help you meditate, with soothing colors of white, purple, and blue that help set the tone. Its latest version offers Apple Watch support, and some redesigns allow you to use it for both phones and tablets.
Pzizz doesn’t play around. The app is designed to help you fight insomnia and take power naps during the day. Just turn it on and the app will generate sounds to help you relax. Updates for the latest version include bug fixes to avoid extra battery drain.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
Nature is filled with relaxing sounds and this app puts them at your fingertips. Choose from a wide variety of natural noises to help you unwind, from city sounds to waves crashing on the beach. Listen for as little or as long as you want with its start and stop timer. You can also use the sounds as your alarm or ringtone.
Digipill “prescribes” digital pills for different conditions. You can buy your “pills” from the pill store. The pills are actually guided meditations and, unlike actual pills, they don’t come with a risk of unwanted side effects. There are pills to reduce stress, help with weight loss, and fight insomnia. New updates include the ability to buy multiple pills at once, a reminder feature, and compatibility with Apple Watch.
Sleep Genius was designed using neurosensory algorithms to create sounds that guide your brain through the complete sleep cycle. The app is based on research used by NASA to help astronauts sleep. Select a relaxation or timed sleep program to begin. When it’s time to wake up, the app will use a gentle alarm to bring you out of your meditation, nap, or night’s sleep.
Sleep as Android
Mornings can be rough, especially if you wake up during the wrong time in your sleep cycle. Sleep as Android is designed to wake you at the right moment for a better morning. Set your alarm with a ringtone of choice, and track your sleeping patterns and sleep quality. You can even record talking in your sleep or track snoring. You’ll also have access to a variety of soothing sounds.
Sleep Well Hypnosis
Insomnia and anxiety can create a vicious sleepless cycle. Sleep Well Hypnosis uses relaxing sounds along with the voice of a hypnotist to lull you into relaxation. Clickable icons let you easily navigate through the app’s options and sessions can be set to loop as you sleep.
For those who are light sleepers or need absolute quiet, noise during bedtime can be more than just annoying. White Noise helps you drown out unwanted sounds so you can relax and focus on sleeping. Each sound is represented by an image. The app allows you to choose sounds and mix and match them to create your personal sound. You can also record your own sounds and add your own images.
Sleep Easily by Shazzie
Sleep Easily features original meditations by Shazzie, an acclaimed author of five books on the subject, and music by musician and healer Ali Calderwood. The 26-minute session is designed to have a therapeutic effect, allowing you to relax into a deep meditative sleep. Need to be awake by a certain time? You can set an alarm in the app before beginning the session.
Sleepo offers a library of relaxing sounds. Choose from 32 different types of rain, nature sounds, city sounds, white noise, or instruments. Mix and match them to your preference. The app also doesn’t need an internet connection to run, letting you use it anywhere.