With a blog name like 2 Wired 2 Tired, you can guess that I’m always on the lookout for the best ways to get a good night’s sleep! I’m always interested in the best beds, pillows, sleep tips, sound machines, sleep trackers, and even more.
Did you know that there are even a number of apps that can help you sleep better at night? I have many favorites and since there so many out there today, I thought it would be fun to share these apps to help you sleep better and hopefully they’ll help you too.
The White Noise app allows you to pick your favorite sounds to relax and calm your mind. It may even help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. I love this app especially if the rest of the family is up late at night or early in the morning, or if I’m traveling. I can turn it on and listen to beach waves crashing, heavy rain, a fan, a cat purring, and more. It also has alarms that slowly fade in, which I like better than being jolted awake. You can even record and mix sounds together and adjust the audio properties. This app is great and has so many features there’s something for everyone looking for a good night’s sleep.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
If you hate the sound of your alarm as much as I do, then you will love the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app. This app analyzes your sleep patterns and then picks the moment you are sleeping the lightest (within a half-hour window that you define) to rouse you gently. No extra hardware is needed and if you have an iPhone, it doesn’t even need to be on your bed it can sit on your nightstand. It also is designed to work well with two people in bed and you can even compare your sleep to the rest of the world.
Sleep Genius is considered to be the world’s most advanced sleep app, using scientific studies to create an app that is much improved over the popular ‘noise maker’ apps that are acting as sleep apps. There are 4 main components to the Sleep Genius app – I am including a simplified description because after all, this app was initially created to help NASA astronauts fall asleep, so beware – some big words ahead! It features:
Neurosensory Algorithms – no other sleep app has anything comparable to this. This function helps you get to sleep faster and naturally using sound to activate a motion induced feeling, like a baby rocking, or riding in a car or train.
Multi-Band Binaural Beats – these beats help train your brain to stay asleep and sleep better.
Pink Noise – unlike the popular ‘white noise’ pink noise is softer and more soothing than white noise. This will filter out the background noise without being disruptive.
Psychoacoustic Music – music that is composed specifically with low tempo and frequency. This helps slow your brain waves and heart rate to help you relax and ultimately sleep better.
It also has a gradual wake up alarm and a power nap feature. This app is full of great features and they’ve worked hard to make it one that will help you sleep better at night and during naps.
Have you ever wondered if you snored or just how bad you might be snoring? Snoring can interrupt sleep and cause you to wake up feeling exhausted and make it tough to get through the day. With the SnoreLab app you can set it to record your snoring and discover your Snore Score. You can even track your snoring. The reviews for this app in the App Store rave about it, with even one person saying the app helped them figure out how tightly he needed to attach his mask for his CPAP machine. He recorded himself snoring the first few nights and tightened it each night, and then the third night he didn’t snore at all and now he sleeps better. This app is a great way to discover if you snore and if any of the remedies you are trying are working.
Power Nap HQ
Find yourself with a few extra minutes? Squeeze in a nap with the help of the Power Nap HQ app. This app measures your nap and wakes you up after the time you choose – up to 3 hours. It is packed with over 750 natural sounds that you can listen to while you nap or use to wake you gently. It also graphs your nap activity and logs your nap data for easy comparison. I like that it captures the loudest sound during your nap so you can hear what might be causing you not to sleep well. It works in the background or with the screen locked. The snooze function allows you to extend your nap. This nap app has everything is was designed with the perfect nap in mind.
These are some of my favorite apps that help you sleep better. They all offer features that allow you to wake up refreshed and ready to go. Whether you are looking for relaxing sounds, a gradual wake up, to tell whether you are snoring, an analysis of your sleep patterns, or an app to help you power nap, these apps have it all and are here to help you get the sleep you are looking for.