Sleep lovers rejoice!
Today is a day of celebration just for us: it’s World Sleep Day. So fluff those pillows, put on your softest jammies and relax. But a great night’s sleep is not easy to come by, the average New Yorker gets 6.8 hours of sleep each night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a minimum of 7 hours per night, so we’re not far off. But of these 6.8 hours, they might not be the most restful hours. Being woken up by noisy neighbors, sirens, and just not being able to get comfortable can all be factors for a broken sleep cycle. But thanks to our handy smartphones and the fact that there’s basically an app for everything, there are many sleep apps on the market to help you drift off to sleep faster, and wake up feeling more rested. Here are a few of our faves:
This app is unique when it comes to its scientific approach to a restful night’s sleep. The app uses your phone’s accelerometer to track your sleep cycle and aims to wake you up at the right time during the cycle instead of just a regular alarm to wake up. When setting the alarm, you give yourself a 30 minute stretch of time (perfect for people like me who snooze 19 times) so the app can judge when is the perfect time to wake you up. The app also stores the data from each night so you can track your sleeping patterns.
This app utilizes psychoacoustic principles to create beautiful dreamscapes that will help you fall asleep fast, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed according to the website! You can set it to a custom length, and over time it learns what kind of sounds give you the best sleep experience possible automatically! According to their science, the vast majority of people suffering from insomnia are suffering from “too much thinking” while trying to drift off to sleep. The key is to calm the mind, thereby inducing a restful sleep state. The app uses a mix of music, voiceover, and sound effects that quickly quiet your mind.
This sleep app is similar to SleepCycle, but it is specific for people wishing to track and log their hours and points of restlessness each night. The app also lets you set a window of time to be woken up and chooses the optimal time to start the alarm. The sleep tracking metrics within the app are perfect for people who love data and numbers. The sleep debt log gives you a clear view of your sleeping habits, so you can take the right steps to improve your bedtime routine over time.
This app is perfect for all those power nappers out there like me. I live for my quick 30 or 45 minute nap sessions in between class or appointments, especially when I didn’t get a restful night of sleep. This app is a spin-off of SleepCycle but allows you to nap in increments of 20, 45, or 90 minutes (which is a full cycle). The app even comes with preset melodies to lull you to sleep faster.
For those of you looking for something slightly different, this app uses hypnotherapy to take you on a journey of self-hypnosis that de-stresses and allows you to sleep well at bedtime. Special background sound effects in certain keys and frequencies help enhance the mediation and guide you into a deep state of mental and physical relaxation. Bonus: you are given a number of post-hypnotic affirmations and suggestions to help you connect with relaxation as well as connect with your creativity in your everyday life.
Now I’m off to take a power nap! What are some of your tips and tricks for catching up on those much needed zzzzzzz’s?!
By: Abby Smith
A classy and sassy dog-loving millennial who splits her time between NYC and MD. When she’s not studying for communications classes, the Pace University student loves exploring NYC and all it has to offer. Also a contributor for Spoon University and blogger for action based accessories and apparel brand La Cle.