We could all use a better night's sleep. Quality slumber makes us healthier and happier, and experts are constantly telling us that 7-8 hours is the holy grail. We know there's lots of ways to help get the kids off to sleep, but what about when you're too old for bedtime stories?
If you're stressed at work, drink waaay too many Starbucks lattes, or have a not-so-secret addiction to Netflix binges, it's a battle to disconnect your brain at the end of the day.
Nodding off seems impossible. Plus most of us are unable to go to bed without the comfort blanket of having our smartphone next to us, checking Facebook and Whatsapp between late-night toilet breaks.
But from guided meditations to nature sound playlists, there are a ton of apps out there that can actually HELP rock you to sleep. So stop staring at the ceiling and check out Appszoom's list of the 10 Best Android Apps For Cheating Insomnia. Go get yourself some well earned shut-eye!
1. SleepBot - Sleep Cycle Alarm (8.0)
Ever wanted to find out what really happens during that mysterious third of your life you spend in the realm of the Sandman?
SleepBot tracks your sleep, but also tracks movement overnight, auto-recording so you can hear whether you snore or if you're having breathing problems overnight (or if you're talking in your sleep). Over time, this information can provide you with valuable insight into how you achieve your best night's sleep.
It's even packed with tips to help improve your sleep hygiene and fall asleep faster - and stay that way.
Can't relax? Maybe you could use something noisier - white noisier, that is. TMSOFT's White Noise has just about everything you could ever want from a peaceful and neutral noises app.
The app's sound catalog generates noise at a wide range of frequencies, blocking out potential interruptions to your sleep that may occur in your environment. You can create your own mixes, combining just the sounds you like at the volumes that please you most. You can even download further free sounds if you want more variety.
There's a built-in digital alarm clock with multiple colors and brightness controls, and a timer system to slowly fade in audio to wake you up, leaving you more naturally refreshed.
Trouble sleeping? Just can't seem to calm down? Ipnos Software's Relax Melodies lets you easily customize tracks meant for relaxation by layering ambient loops over one another.
Mix together customized tracks from up to 46 different ambient sounds, ranging from the classic rainfall to soothing medieval flutes. You can layer up to 10 sounds and select the relative volume of each and set a timer when you're going to sleep for auto turn-off. The app also includes two binaural beats that can also be layered into your mix if you'd like to try brainwave entrainment.
Relax Melodies is customizable in all the right ways, and definitely worth a shot if you have trouble getting to sleep.
Universal Breathing: Pranayama purports to help you balance your life and experience a relaxed, meditative state. And no matter how heated up you are, or how fast your heart is racing, this app actually seems to WORK.
Select your desired breathing pace (from slow to slower to slowest), and the timer will count down six minutes of guidance. Inhale and exhale based on the rotating circle, or simply listen to the shifts in the musical tones and breathe along with them. The aural cues mean you can easily close your eyes and meditate while following the slow breathing patterns.
A calming influence which will relieve your daily stresses and making sleeping a whole lot easier.
If your life is constantly on the move, you'll love Headspace, an app which gives you a huge variety of tools for achieving serenity here and now. Access guided daily meditations, plus scientific data and progress reports on your calm and clarity. You can download the meditations in advance, and "Mindfulness buzzers" come in the form of occasional push notifications that remind you to take some you time.
Headspace enjoys an exclusive contract with the Royal Parks Foundation, which includes a unique walking meditation podcast. Trying out basic functionality of the app is free for ten days, then it costs €11.95 on a month-by-month basis. Alternatively, you can throw down €395.95 just once for access forever.
Headspace is a slick relaxation app that's pretty interesting to use for ten days - then you'll have to decide if inner peace is worth the price tag.
Sleep as Android is the ultimate tool for catching more Zs. If you can imagine a way an Android app can help you get better sleep, this app probably does it. It has a whole host of features, from settings for alarms, sleep cycle tracking, Phillips Hue integration, Pebble integration and more.
The app uses your device's sensors to detect when and how you move through the night. This allows it to play a lullaby until you’ve fallen asleep, and to wake you up at an optimal time during your sleep cycle.
Sleep as Android provides detailed statistics on how long you’ve slept, and can even record your snores and sleep talk. You can try it free for 14 days, then upgrade if it's doing the trick.
Make counting sheep a thing of the past with Relax and Sleep by Mizu Software Soltuions. This sound-mixing app with a simple, easy-to-use interface has over 50 unique sounds to play on a loop. You can create multiple layers of sound, with individual volume control for each.
The app also has a timer, an alarm clock, and the ability to shake for a random melody or sound. You can favorite individual sounds by tapping a star - moving them to the top of the list - and you can create up to four preset sound mixes with the volume settings intact.
Get a wee bit of relaxation from the soothing tones a of a deep-voiced Scotsman. One in a long line of Andrew Johnson titles, Relax combines ambient music overlaid with Andrew Johnson's voice, who coaches you through relaxing each part of your body.
In the settings menu, you can opt to skip the instructions and choose the short introduction. And if it’s late at night, you can set the app not to wake you up when it ends, apparently resulting in a deeper sleep for you.
It's just 10 minutes long and ultra-simple, but his voice is liquid gold. Maybe it's the Scottish accent. Whatever the magic, if you're stressed out, HiveBrain Software's Relax with Andrew Johnson is absolutely for you.
Sleep like an... astronaut? Huh? Sleep Genius: Revive Alarm is based on the incredible expert findings in neuroscience, sound and sleep that helped NASA astronauts get to to sleep. Awesome!
There are lots of space-aged tools to play with, like the sleep programs with binaural beats, which help lull your brain into its most restful state. The revive alarm gradually awakens you using a five minute clip beginning with the lightest of bird tweets and progressing into louder piano arpeggios. The power nap feature is optimized for daily 30-minute use, supposedly increasing your alertness by up to 54%.
Sleep Genius: Revive Alarm could be a top-notch sleep app if you're willing to shell out a few bucks for the more complex features.
Lucid dreams are the kind you know you're having, making them much more vivid and intense. Lucidity - Lucid Dream Journal makes being consciously unconscious a nightly treat.
The app reminds you to record last night’s dream, take regular ‘reality checks,’ and read back through your dream journal. As you build your compendium of dreams, Lucidity analyzes and finds recurring patterns. Eventually, you are a fully trained, consciously unconscious dreamer.
It’s a handsome thing featuring colorful graphs and stats and a built-in wiki to teach you more about lucid dreams. Make sleeping better than ever with this beautifully designed app.