Pet peeve of the day: people saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” How does that even make sense? Sleep is the bomb – period. In fact, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, getting your zzz’s “plays a vital role in good health,” and “…getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” Take that, sleep-haters!
As much as I love sleeping, though, more often than not, I find myself lying in bed at a ridiculous hour. Pretty much, my brain decides that sleep time provides a perfect opportunity to go over my to-do list for the next day, get my finances in order, or catch up on current events. Great.
So why am I venting about my sleep issues? Because (most) of you probably suffer from the same problem–which brings me to this blog post: finding the best apps to help you get a better night rest. Go technology!
Sleep Cycle: This nifty app tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep, because doing so “feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock.” Using your phone’s accelerometer, they identify sleep phases by tracking your movements in bed. Then, it’ll wake you up during your lightest sleep phase, using a predefined 30-minute alarm window.
Sleepmaker Rain: If you love nothing more than snuggling up during a rainstorm, this one’s for you. Using real, natural rain sounds, choose from a variety of different options, categorized into “gentle,” “medium,” or “heavy.” Also, it’s free, which is awesome.
Sleep Pillow: Sleep Pillow provides over 70 sounds to fall asleep to, and you can even create your own combination of what you want to hear (I’m into the wind-rain-train sitch). Other features include a sleep timer with slow fade-out and an alarm clock with slow fade-in. With over 5 million users, they’ve got to be doing something right.
Long Deep Breathing: The perfect option if you suffer from thinking way too much before bed. The app helps calm your brain with guided breathing exercises and techniques so you can expel all the anxiety. Meditation, anyone?
Still haven’t found what you need? No worries – Buzzfeed has 17 options for you to choose from, of course.