The Best Apps for Better Sleep

An oldie but a goodie: This app round-up was originally published on 11/2/17.

Happy Daylight Savings Time! Although the time switch means it’s time for warmer weather and longer days, when our clocks spring forward, it often leaves us feeling groggy and tired. In general, we tend to be fairly sleep deprived – according to the CDC, more than a third of American adults are not getting at least 7 hours of sleep on a regular basis, causing chronic sleep deprivation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults aged 18–60 years sleep at least 7 hours each night to promote optimal health and well-being. Sleeping less than seven hours per day is associated with an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress. Yikes!

Luckily, aside from Daylight Savings Time, this week is also Sleep Awareness Week, giving you a prime opportunity to focus on getting better rest. There are lots of ways you can improve your sleep, including these tips from the National Sleep Foundation. To encourage you to focus on getting better sleep, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sleep apps to help you track your sleeping habits, fall asleep faster, and sleep more soundly.

Sleep Cycle

This app functions as a sleep tracker and smart alarm, tracking your sleep cycles through the night and waking you up when you’re in the lightest sleep stage. The app also tracks your sleep data over time so that you can begin to recognize your sleep patterns and habits that may interrupt your sleep quality.

Power Nap

This app features a power nap timer for up to 30 minutes, including a cute animated cat that naps and wakes up with you.  The app also includes soothing soundscapes for your nap as well as gentle alarm sounds.

 

White Noise Free

If you’re looking for a no-frills white noise app to help drown out ambient noise at night, this is the app for you. The app includes a library of a wide range of different sounds, including traditional white noise, forest sounds, waves, rain, wind, and more.

 

Calm

This app is known for its wide range of guided meditation and mindfulness exercises, however, it made this list for its Sleep Stories feature. These sleep stories feature soothing storytelling accompanied by music and ambient sounds that are created specifically to help you fall asleep quickly and soundly.

 

What are your favorite sleep apps? Sound off in the comments below!

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