There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep to make you feel on top of the world. Although, the constant upgrading of technology has most of us feeling overwhelmed. Despite the hours we spend on technology at the expense of our sleep, there are apps that are a just touch away which are actually designed to help us get better sleep. Don’t let the irony be lost on you.
Naturally the rapid advancement of technology has messed up our body clocks. A bunch of tech-genius kids recognised this and designed apps that can assist overstressed, overworked and overscheduled individuals track our sleep health and help us get in and out of bed on time.
How do sleep tracking apps work?
They have an advanced algorithm where you log in the time you go to sleep and it will calculate your wake-up routine, when you should take a nap, when to go to sleep next and also plays soothing sounds for you until you drift off. All apps have different features, some more advance than others, so here we’ve broken down 5 apps that can help you score better zzz’s!
One thing most people need to drift off into a deep slumber is a good soundtrack. Most of us from the 90s used to plug in our earphones and listen to Enya on repeat till we fell asleep (please tell me I am not the only one) but this doesn’t have to be the case anymore. With this app, you can customize your own soundtracks to fall asleep to. This app is used by over 35 million people world wide, so you can also access tracks and melodies made by other people. The app is free for both iPhone and Android.
This app takes intelligent apps to a whole new level. It tracks your sleep pattern and uses this data to tell you the perfect time to wake up. In addition to building a customized sleep pattern, it will also wake you up during the lightest phase of your sleep. So, no more pressure cooker whistles to wake you up with a jerk.
But that’s not all; our smartphones have a built-in microphone (obviously) and the app can access this to record any movements you make while you are asleep. Based on this information, the app evaluates the phase of your sleep (light, deep or dream state) and decides the best time to wake you up. It also provides you with a graphic and trend analysis of your sleep routine. Basically, what I am telling you here is that your average smartphone knows us better than most of us know ourselves. Let’s take a minute to reflect on this…
Remember being a kid with one of those 72-shades pack of colored pencils and a stack of coloring books and the endless hours of joy it provided? One of the things that I have realized as an adult is just how soothing coloring is. It’s a scientifically proven method of relieving stress and an effective way to channel anxiety. We can now go back to fulfil the nostalgia of our childhood, but in a 21stcentury kind of way. This app has a number of images and with more added daily, and it comes with a variety of bold palettes that can cater to your inner child artist. Coloring your stress away is known to work wonders on your sleep. So next time you have trouble sleeping, try giving this a shot rather than scrolling down aimlessly on Instagram.
Relax & Sleep Well
This is the closest thing, in app form, to good old traditional sleep therapy. This app offers recordings of the clinical hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold and has helped millions treat their specific problems. Harrold has a soothing and calming voice and the preloaded hypnotherapy and meditation recordings can be tailored to an individual’s needs. Our sleep can be disrupted due to anxiety, stress, insomnia, and many others. With the assistance of an expert, you can find just what you need to help you get a good night’s sleep. This app is free for Android as well as iPhone.
The award for the most innovative sleep app goes to Digipill! This is a universal app with no language barrier. It has a solution for YOUR individual problem, meaning it is literally the therapist you need without paying the exorbitant amount in fees. You can choose the ‘pill’ that you need, whether it is for stress, anxiety or inability to sleep. You don’t need a prescription; these pills are basically audio clips. All you need to do is find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, get comfortable and close your eyes. The first pill is free but you can purchase as many as you need. The audio clips are approximately 30 minutes and also have fancy names to entice you.
The rate at which technology is taking control of our lives is increasing, however ironically, we can take back control of our lives, or at least our sleep, by using apps like the above. So, go ahead and give them a shot!