Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to your well-being and overall health. For those who have trouble falling or staying asleep, there are apps on the market to help you improve the overall quality of your sleep. If you are more interested in tracking your sleep and learning your natural sleeping cycle, there is an app for that too. Different things work for different people, so we included a variety of apps to help you find what will help you the most.
Sleep Applications for Android
1. Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson – $2.99
Offered by HiveBrain, a reputable and popular learning software company, Deep Sleep is full of guided meditations designed to clear your mind and help you drift off to sleep naturally. Andrew Johnson, who narrates the meditations, has taught sleep and relaxation techniques for over 20 years with his workshops and downloads, and his recordings are some of the best-selling self-help apps for Android.
2. Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds – Free
Relax Melodies offers a little bit of everything. In this app, you get white noise, natural sounds and guided meditations. The guided meditations cover a variety of topics, including how to deal with stress and anxiety. There is even a meditation designed to help you take a quick power nap. You can create your own playlists with a mix of noise and meditations. The app is updated with new music on a monthly basis, so you can keep your playlist fresh.
3. Sleep Well Hypnosis – Free
Combining voice hypnosis and binaural beats, this app is designed to help you hypnotize yourself to sleep. Each session is 25 minutes long and conducted by a certified hypnotherapist. The app claims that if you use it once a day, you will feel the results in one to three weeks.
4. White Noise: Sleep Well – Free
If you find that you are easily distracted by every little noise in the night, then White Noise by mikdroid might be the app that can help you. This app has 35 natural and artificial sound loops. You can set the timer and the app will slowly fade out after that time, so there are no abrupt stops. Once you download the app, you do not need a data connection to listen to the sounds. This means it will work in airplane mode or anywhere that you do not have service or Wi-Fi.
5. Digital Trips: Sleep – Free
This app by Digital Trips is designed to help you fall asleep quickly and uses binaural beats to increase your chances of having vivid or lucid dreams. If you need help falling asleep and enjoy active dreams that you can tell someone about the next day, then this app is worth a shot.
6. Sleep Cycle alarm clock – $0.99
While the other apps we listed for Android are geared to help you fall asleep, Sleep Cycle simply tracks your sleeping patterns. This app monitors your sleep cycles by using your phone’s accelerometer. Once it learns your body’s natural rhythms, Sleep Cycle will begin waking you up during your lightest sleep phase. This app is good if you want to understand your body’s rhythms and need an app to help you wake up naturally.
Sleep Applications for iOS
1. Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better – Free
Like many sleep aids, the Calm app by Calm.com offers white noise and meditations to help you fall asleep. However, this app has one standout feature that we did not see in other sleep apps: Sleep Stories. Sleep Stories are designed to help you fall asleep while listening to a story that will get your mind off the stresses of the day. There is a variety of nature-based story selections, including "Among the Birds of Yosemite" and "The Waterfall."
2. Relax Melodies: Sleep Zen Sounds & White Noise for Meditation, Yoga and Baby Relaxation – Free (with in-app purchases)
This sleep aid claims that it will help you fall asleep within 20 minutes of lying down. You can create your own mix of relaxing sounds, meditations and concentration exercises. This app is compatible with the Apple Watch and will track your sleep and set alarms.
3. Simply Being: Guided Meditation for Relaxation and Presence – Free
This app provides guided meditations and soothing music. You can personalize a playlist where you add soothing music after the meditation. Meditations range from five to 30 minutes long. You can specify exactly how long you want the soothing music to play after the meditation ends before the sound fades out. This is a good choice for an app that lets you customize the style and length of your relaxation.
4. Beditations – Free or $4.99
If you want to get a good night’s sleep while also improving other aspects of your life, Beditations has a program for you. This app has guided meditations to help you work on personal development; topics include self-esteem, patience and mindfulness. Before bed, you just select what you want to work on. The meditations guide you to sleep and then address your subconscious to help you improve yourself while you sleep. It also offers meditations to guide you out of sleep, which is a great benefit if you are not a morning person.
5. Binaural: Pure Binaural Beats – Free (with in-app purchases)
Like Binaural Beats for Android, this app lulls you to sleep. Unlike the Android app, this version combines binaural beats with soft color schemes. It also integrates natural sounds, like rain, to prevent you from being distracted by other noises around you. You can control this app from your Apple Watch if you have one.
6. Night Wave – $0.99
While the other apps on our list use some combination of sound and sleep tracking to help you fall asleep, Night Wave uses pulses of light. This app uses your iPhone or iPad to gently pulse soft blue light. The light is designed to pulse at a natural breathing rate and slowly reduces the rate so you breathe more slowly and deeply until you fall asleep naturally. Light sessions range from seven to 30 minutes, so you can pick the rate that works best for you to fall asleep to.