There is so much going on now in the modern world that it’s hard to catch your breath. You eat right, exercise everyday, and watch your waistline, but do you look after your sleep? In this article, we cover the best sleep apps out there at the moment. These apps are also worth considering if you struggle with insomnia, or are kept awake by stress.

Apps that monitor rest

These apps can break down your daily night’s rest into several sleep cycles. They can help you track your sleep cycles to make sure you’re getting the best sleep you can, and wake up every morning refreshed.

1. Sleep Cycle

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Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep patterns using your microphone. It wakes you in the lightest phase of sleep so that you’re not groggy. You set a window during which to be woken (for example, between 7 and 7:30 a.m.) and it figures the best time to raise you from your slumber. It even lets you tap your phone twice to snooze.

2. Sleep Time

Sleep Time is available on both Android and iOS. It tracks your sleep quality without requiring an Apple Watch or Fitbit.

All you need to do to record your sleep with Sleep Time is place your smartphone on your bed’s mattress while you sleep. The app will use your device’s sensors to monitor your movement during sleep. It presents the data in an easy to read chart, which can be used to compare your sleep quality over weekly, monthly, or even yearly periods.

Sleep Time also comes with an alarm clock feature to wake you up when you’re in a light sleep cycle.

3. Pillow

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Pillow is a sleep tracking app, but it is only compatible with Apple Watch, iPhone, or iPad. Users can link the apps up to their Apple Watch, or another wearable, to keep track of their heart rate during sleep. The app monitors your movements and sounds while you sleep, and uses the information to keep a detailed history of how well you’ve slept. It also figures out the best time to wake you. It will give you a full overview of how you’ve slept, along with mood tracking, sleep notes, audio recordings and heart rate analysis.

Apps for relaxation

Mindfulness and meditation have been proven to help people who struggle with insomnia. The apps below focus on meditation through various techniques like music, nature sounds, and voice commands. All are aimed to help you reach the state of relaxation you need to go to bed.

Read more about meditation in our article here, or find out more about the benefits of mindfulness in our article ‘Mindfulness and Sleep‘.

1. Pzizz

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Pzizz is available on both iOS and Android. This sleep app places an emphasis on getting to sleep quickly and easily. The app uses a combination of sound effects, music, and spoken word to help lull you to sleep. Users can specify if they’re ready for a long sleep session or a quick power nap. So you can catnap guilt free!

2. Headspace: Meditation

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The Headspace: Meditation app helps you to learn meditation based on your individual goals. It’ll send you push notifications reminding you to meditate throughout the day. Each session only takes a few minutes so it can be fitted around a busy schedule.




3. White Noise

The White Noise app allows you to relax to a variety of noises. Not only does this app have white noise, but it also has pink noise, brown noise (low-frequency sound masking) and many more soothing sounds. Plus, it gives you great flexibility to create your own soundscape, mixing up to five sounds at once. Among the forty available sounds are a vacuum cleaner, a rainstorm, air conditioning, a babbling brook, and many more.

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