When’s the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Has it been a while? You’re not alone. Almost a quarter of Americans experience sleep problems. Insomnia and other sleep problems can lead to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and depression. Yikes!
But fear not, modern technology is on it. Here are three apps that should help you catch some much needed Zzzzzzs…
Has this happened to you: You’re sleeping fine, dreaming peacefully and bam! A noise from the next door neighbor wakes you up. It’s nearly impossible to fall back asleep once your sleep cycle is interrupted. Stop the interruption before it starts. Try the white noise app. It offers several different white noise sounds—steady rainfall, fan, crickets chirping, even a train ride.
Sleep studies are crazy things. Participants get wires hooked up all over them. Then they’re filmed while sleep specialists in a separate room monitor the participant’s every move. Now there’s an app that lets you perform a sleep study in your own home.
The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock uses your iPhone’s accelerometer to detect your movements while you sleep. Toss and turn? It’ll record it. Laying motionless in a deep slumber? It’ll record that too.
In the morning, you’ll wake up to a graph of your sleep phases. The graphs can be useful to trouble shoot why you can’t sleep. For instance, toss and turn more on nights when you watch tv before bed? Now you’ll know to switch off the telly long before you tuck in.
Your subconscious works through a bunch of stuff when you’re in dreamland. It’s its most active time of the day. Knowing what’s on your mind can help you figure out what’s waking you up. Enter, the Sleep Talk Recorder. This app records what you say in your sleep.
How can it help you sleep? By recording what keeps you up at night—either mental or environmental. For example, there’s a story of one man using it and discovering why his dog woke him up every night. The man developed a distressing snore in his sleep. The dog got worried and woke up his owner to check on him. Sweet dog!
Plus, it’ll record any great thoughts you had at 3 am that you don’t want to forget. Your great opus is just waiting to be recorded.
Finally, if it’s too quiet to sleep, or you simply have trouble relaxing before bed, try Sleep Pillow. This app is free and offers users a range of soothing ambient sounds—everything from the soothing sounds of the rainforest to the calls of a humpback whale. Listening for 5 minutes put me in a state of relaxed calm I haven’t felt in days.
Have you ever used an app to help you sleep? If so, which is your favorite?