3 Apps That Will Help You Reclaim a Good Night’s Sleep

The busier we get, the harder it becomes to shut down our minds and rest at the end of the day. According to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 Americans struggle to get the recommended 7 hours per night of high-quality sleep, turning to Netflix, prescription medications and herbal remedies just to get some shut eye.

Sound familiar?

Whether you’re a lifelong sufferer from a sleep disorder, or one of the crowd who struggles to relax and ease into deep sleep, there’s no reason not to give sleep apps a try. Here are a few favorites from the App Store:

1. Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle uses your iPhone’s accelerometer to record your sleeping habits, then pairs this data with sleep cycle theory to wake you up at the ideal time within a 30-minute window. Need to get up at 7am to be out the door in time for work? Sleep Cycle will ring the alarm when the app judges you’re already easing into wakefulness — say, at 6:48, rather than 7:00 sharp.

Sleep Cycle also uses your phone to track sleep duration and quality, including sleep stages, snoring and heart rate. You can even export this data to an Excel spreadsheet!

Why It’s Useful: Sleep cycle theory suggests that waking up at the end of a full sleep cycle (approx. 90 minutes long) is ideal. Sleep Cycle allows you to be woken softly, when you are in the lightest possible sleep state, so you feel naturally rested in the morning.

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2. White Noise+

Some people are lucky — able to sleep through a tornado. Others of us? Not so much. White noise — an indistinct tapestry of sound that is similar to radio static — helps mask background noise that might otherwise keep you awake at night.

The White Noise+ app allows you to create your own ambient soundscapes by combining soothing sounds like raindrops and Tibetan singing bowls with white noise or deeply resonant, melodic undertones. You can even customize the complexity of the sound to suit your personal preferences.

Why It’s Useful: When a noise wakes you up at night, it’s not usually the sound itself that wakes you, but its sudden, jarring nature. White noise masks unexpected sounds, by creating a relaxing “fog” of sound around you instead.

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3. Simple Habit

Simple Habit (and other meditation apps like it) have been proven to reduce stress, improve focus and promote good sleep. The Simple Habit app offers a multitude of bite-sized audio meditations — many as short as five minutes — designed to help you enjoy moments of tranquility.

Each meditation will help train you in mindfulness, encourage inner peace and teach you to set aside the worries of the day. Keep in mind that Simple Habit is built around a paid monthly subscription, but it’s so worth it! If you find that stress is one of the driving factors in your inability to sleep, learning to meditate should be one of your top priorities.

Need a quick primer? This article, “5 Ways to Meditate if Meditation Scares You,” is a great place to start.

Why It’s Useful: Stress is one of the leading barriers to high-quality sleep. No one likes being kept up by worry! Meditation apps are an uncomplicated, guided introduction to meditation; Simple Habit is one of the best.

Do you struggle with sleep? What techniques have you found to be the most productive?

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