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Which Apps Can Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep?

It probably won’t come as a surprise to hear that far too many people aren’t getting the sleep they need—according to a report by the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 adults are not getting enough sleep. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night can lead to poor performance at work and increase your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, mental distress, and a number of other serious health issues. There are a number of simple steps that you can take on their own to improve your sleep (not eating late at night, going to sleep at the same time every night, for instance), but sometimes we need a little extra help to break bad habits. Today more and more people have started using sleep apps that help improve sleep both at night and during the “power naps,” which can help energize them during the day.


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Sleep apps focus on not only how to help you get to sleep, but also what happens after you nod off, and what took place during the day to set the groundwork for your night’s sleep. A number of apps can be activated during the day, to track your exercise, activity, and what you eat, in order to see if your waking life is keeping you from getting enough sleep. A more or less standard feature is an “intelligent alarm clock” that tracks your sleep cycle and wakes you during your lightest sleep phase, so that you wake up feeling refreshed.

Many sleep apps provide statistics to track your sleep progress over time. They can also be activated to provide you with advice about steps to take during the work day to help improve your sleep, as well as sessions with life coaches who give advice about healthy living.

In addition, many sleep apps include soothing acoustics and relaxation audio that combines elements of hypnosis to lull you into deep relaxation, and hopefully, sleep.

One thing to keep in mind though – the jury is still out about the effectiveness of sleep apps. Many professionals have cast doubt on their ability to match up to the analysis or assistance that can be provided by a professional lab, and advise that sleep app users take the advice with a grain of salt.

Helpful Features of Sleep Apps:

  • Intelligent alarm clock
  • Soothing sounds to get you relaxed
  • Comprehensive sleep statistics
  • Integration with fitness apps, programs
  • Relaxation guides and advice from professionals
  • Advice about diet, monitoring of your daytime pre-sleep regime.


  • Intelligent alarm clock 

A standard feature on many apps is an “intelligent alarm clock,” which is programmed to wake you up during your lightest sleep phase. The feature is available on both Sleep Cycle and Pillow iOS, among others. How does it work? Like other features of sleep apps, it uses the phone’s microphone and accelerometer to track your breathing and your movements in bed to see when you are in deep or light sleep phases. Simply place the phone on your bedside table, on your mattress or under your pillow and switch the app on.

  • Soothing sounds 

For many of us, the main hurdle is simply getting over the hump and falling asleep. Maybe your mind starts racing once your head hits the pillow or you just have concerns and anxiety that won’t help you fall asleep. Since you can’t make any progress improving your sleep if you never actually drift off, a number of apps help put you in a relaxed, ready for slumber state.

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