The apps that can help you get a good night sleep
30th Jan 2019 Inspiration & Lifestyle
In a fast-paced digital age filled with never-ending distractions, it's not hard to see why sometimes we might need help to wind down for a good night sleep...
With phones, computers, TV and games consoles stealing so much of our attention, it can prove difficult to wind down at the end of the day. Now, as the world is crying out for a way to switch off before bedtime, an answer has appeared, ironically in a variety of apps designed for mobile phones.
Here is a list of the most popular apps on the market, along with the methods they use and whether there are any hidden costs.
Receiving a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on the Apple App Store, Calm has earned itself a highly regarded place in the world of sleep apps. It even has a collection of soothing readings from well known celebrity personalities, such as Stephen Fry, Bob Ross and Joanna Lumley.
The app encourages guided meditation, listening to ‘sleep stories’, relaxing music, and even has a monthly masterclass from an expert in the field.
With all of this, it’s not surprising that most of its content can only be accessed for a fee. A small selection of features are available on the free version of the app (including a Stephen Fry story at the time of this post), but to reap the full benefits of the app, a yearly fee of £34.99 is required. Beware, a pop-up when you download the app makes it appear like you have to pay to access any of its features, but this can be closed using the discreet cross in the corner.
The app that lets you create a bedtime soundtrack from a bank of music, animal sounds and white noise, receives a 4.8 out of 5 stars on the Apple Store.
The free version of the app allows you to use a wide variety of sounds to create a soothing blend. For £36.99 a year, you can upgrade to a Pro account, receiving a bigger selection of bedtime sounds and unlocking an additional feature, Sleep Moves. This is a selection of body-mind exercises using a pillow, provided by health and sleep experts. Pro will also remove adds and unlock more pre-mixed sounds and meditations.
Slumber (4.7 out of 5 stars) is an app that resembles the concept of Calm, but it has a lot more free features available than its counterpart, with a variety of free meditations and relaxation stories that change weekly. Like Calm, it too has an upgrade option ($39.99 a year), which it encourages users to take as some of its stories are in series, with only the first two episodes available for free.
The app also has a feature in which it can remind the user to go to bed at a set time, which is perfect for those who are easily distracted and never get an early night!
DigiPill: Guided Meditation
With a 4.5 star rating, DigiPill claims to be the world’s no.1 self-help app, offering digital ‘pills’ to reduce stress and help you relax. Through a guided meditation pill that it prescribes, the app says it can get you off to a great night sleep in just 15 minutes.
It also prescribes pills that can be purchased at the digital pharmacy, to provide motivation for different things throughout the day, such as trying to lose weight, needing creativity, and focusing on work. There are also slightly unusual ‘pills’ if you’re searching for something a little different, such as one called Man Magnet, which is prescribed for passion, and Babe Magnet, that is prescribed for irresistibility. The app only has one available pill for free, which aims to help you relax. Other pills can be bought at a starting price of £3.99.
Pzizz (4.7 rating on the App Store) uses ‘dreamscapes’- a mix of sleep-optimising music, voiceovers and sound effects to help you get a refreshing night sleep or a great power nap. For 7 days you can trial Pzizz for free, receiving a different dreamscape every night, but after this the services are charged at £39.99 a year, or monthly installments.
True to its name, Sleep Time (4.7 star rating) focuses solely on sleep, helping you drift off to soothing sounds, and waking you up at the optimum time so you feel less groggy. The app asks you to choose a half an hour window when you’d like to wake up, then picks the best time depending on your how deep your sleep is (through sounds, motion and daily activity patterns). To get the full benefit of the app, with sleep reports and no ads, it requires a monthly payment or £22.99 a year.
Do you use any of these apps, or know of any other apps that help you have peaceful sleep? We’d love to hear all about it- let us know over on social media!
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