If you have a hard time falling or staying asleep, your first instinct might be to take an OTC sleeping pill like ZzzQuil or Unisom. Sometimes taking a hot bath or reading before bed can help as well.
There are several things that can make falling asleep difficult as well, such as drinking caffeine or alcohol, or smoking cigarettes before bed. Eating a large meal or working out too close to bedtime can also make it difficult to fall asleep, and so can being on your smartphone, believe it or not.
However, there are several apps that you can actually use your smartphone for, that can help you get some shut eye. From sound apps that help soothe you, to deep breathing exercises and calming alarm clocks, these are the five apps you need to download before tonight.
This app is said to be the cure for insomnia, because it uses psychoacoustics. Psychoacoustics is the study of how sound impacts psychological responses. The app plays a sleep-optimized mix of music and sound effects that help put you to sleep and keep you asleep. It’s so much more than just your sound machine that makes white noise or rain sounds. All you have to do is put your headphones on and get sent to dreamland ASAP.
2. Relax Lite
Deep breathing is a relaxation technique that is effective in relaxing the mind and body before bed. This app gives you effective stress relief in five minutes, which is perfect for doing before bed. The app offers guided meditations and breathing exercises with calming music. There are beautiful graphics and different class lengths, which means you can find the perfect one that works for you.
This mindfulness meditation app helps calm the body and mind before sleep, and is perfect to do after a busy day. Many times we have a hard time falling asleep because we know we have deadlines the next day or have another commitment to take care of, or we might have a hard time shaking off a stressful day. The cool thing about this app is that it offers 7-21 day guided meditation “programs,” which track your progress. You’re a week away from being a calmer person and deeper sleeper with this app!
4. Sleep Genius
Your body naturally has its own sleep and wake cycles, and creating a schedule where you sleep and wake up at the same time each day helps keep that rhythm in sync. Sleep genius helps you set up this schedule, and also offers an alarm clock that gently wakes you up instead of startling you out of sleep. It also offers relaxation programs and a “power nap” setting, which also uses psychoacoustic music to help you sleep well.
5. Sleep Sounds
Sometimes, insomnia can be cured by just having “white noise” or relaxing music in the background while you sleep. Think of it as your adult lullaby. The app offers interactive slideshows with beautiful, serene pictures and soft music, a soundboard with 100 relaxing sounds such as waves and bird chirping, and also has a “wake up timer” which allows you to be woken up by the sound of the sea or another favorite sound. No need to worry about harsh alarm clocks anymore.
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