If you have trouble falling asleep at night, here’s how you can fall asleep fast using your iPhone.
You may know that playing around on your iPhone right before bedtime isn’t good for you, as that bright light can mess up your melatonin levels, which help you get to sleep. However, we’re not talking about playing around on your iPhone until you finally get really tired and fall asleep.
Instead, we’ll be showing you some productive ways that you can use your iPhone that will help you fall asleep faster, as well as get a better night’s sleep overall, because falling asleep faster isn’t the only thing you need to do. After you fall asleep, you need to stay asleep in order to get a good rest.
However, before you can get a good night’s sleep, you need to fall asleep in the first place, and many people have a hard time doing that. For me, I usually go to bed with a lot of things on my mind, which makes it difficult to get to sleep in a timely manner, and if you find yourself in the same boat, the iPhone can actually help.
Here’s how to fall asleep fast using your iPhone with the help of some really cool apps.
Listen to Soothing Music
This one is sort of a no-brainer, but many people overlook it. Listening to soothing music can be a great way to clear your mind and slow your heart rate down so that your body knows it’s time to rest.
As far as what music you listen to is up to you, as everyone has different tastes, but I encourage you to experiment with different types of music. For example, instrumental music might be better for you, whereas music with lyrics might be too distracting.
If you’re looking for a place to start, Spotify put together a playlist of 20 songs that people use most often to relax, with Ed Sheeran dominating the list, but there are some other notable artists, such as Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding.
Better yet, get some SleepPhones, which are specifically made for listening to music while falling asleep, and be sure to set a timer so that your music doesn’t keep playing all night.
If you experimented with soothing music, but found it to be unhelpful, then it’s possible that some generic white noise might actually be better for you.
The best iPhone app I’ve used for white noise is unsurprisingly called White Noise, and it includes a bevy of sounds and noises that you can play that will hopefully relax you and help you fall asleep fast.
Different noises that you can choose from include Air Conditioner, Jungle, Beach Waves Crashing, Boat Swaying in Water, Camp Fire, Chimes, Clothes Dryer, Rain, Thunderstorm, Stream Water Flowing, and of course general White Noise.
Ok, so if you absolutely have to use your iPhone to check stuff before you go to bed, at least get rid of that nasty blue light that your iPhone screen emits.
The best way to do this is to jailbreak your iPhone and install F.lux from the Cydia jailbreak tweak store. What this does is lower the color temperature of your iPhone screen to emit a warmer orange-ish color that’s easier on your eyes at night.
Of course, if you’re running iOS 8.4.1, you can’t jailbreak your iPhone, but not all hope is lost. There’s a company called Gunnar Optiks that makes specialty glasses with tinted lenses that tone down the artificial blue light emitted from smartphone screens. You can get them with or without a prescription too, but they’re fairly expensive.
Track Your Sleep
If you find yourself falling asleep fairly quickly after taking advantage of some of these tricks, but still can’t quite get a good night’s sleep, it might be a good idea to track your sleep throughout the night to see what’s going wrong.
An app like Sleep Cycle is a great way to track your sleep and it uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to detect movement throughout the night. Just place your iPhone next to you on your bed to start tracking your sleep.
The app then discovers the optimal time to wake you up within a 30-minute window of your alarm going off, so that way you don’t wake up groggy.