Whether you have full-blown insomnia or simply struggle to fall asleep at night, sleep troubles can greatly impact your daily life. As sleep issues are becoming increasingly more common, there are countless gadgets, trackers and monitors out there to help promote a better night’s sleep, many of which work very well. Here’s our list of some of the best sleep apps that require no additional clips, watches or hardware whatsoever; all you need is your phone!
Users continue to rave over the alarm clock app Sleep Cycle, as it takes a unique, scientific approach to waking you up the morning. Rather than waking you up at a specific time each day, Sleep Cycle allows you to set a 30 minute window, then using a built-in sleep tracker, the app waits until you’re sleeping lightest and then wakes you up. This ensures you not only feel far less groggy when your alarm goes off, but also makes it so you’re less likely to be interrupted during a stretch of deep sleep.
For Android users only, this sleep app offers similar alarm features as Sleep Cycle combined with a plethora of additional benefit. In addition to waking you up at the optimal time in your sleep cycle, Sleep as Android tracks sleep quality and monitors both snoring and sleep talking. In addition to these features, Sleep as Android also offers users a selection of soothing sounds and wake up tests to ensure you’ve actually woken up rather than hitting the snooze button in a sleepy haze.
Simple, but effective, Sleep is one of the best apps out there for soothing sounds. For those struggling to fall asleep, Sleep provides a library of relaxing sounds and photographs. And the best part is, users can choose from a range of beats, white noises and music to customize their own tracks. In addition to calming sounds and images, Sleep features a gentle wakeup timer to ease you out of your sleep in the morning.
Fall asleep peacefully with a selection of soundscapes, and wake up with a rich understanding of your own sleep patterns with insights into your various sleep cycles. Sleep Time+ perfectly combines a sleep cycle alarm clock with sleep tracking and calming sounds.
For iOS users only, Pillow syncs all data with iCloud and Apple Healthkit. With a smart alarm, sleep stats and natural, calming sounds, this app is another great option to help you in your pursuit for a better night’s sleep. As an added feature, Pillow allows for the option of recording your wake up mood or sleep notes once your alarm goes off.Sadly, a good night’s sleep is not a perk that everyone enjoys. There are, however, many tools out there to help encourage your body to fall asleep and stay asleep. For some long term solutions to your sleep problems, read 3 Ways to Improve Your Sleep.