If you find yourself rolling around in bed for hours, unable to fall asleep, it’s safe to say your sleep schedule is a little f*cked up. And when you’re missing precious sleep time, your health, happiness, and productivity levels plummet over time.
While research indicates that having your phone in bed can disrupt sleep, there are certain sleep-tracking apps that can actually be beneficial to you building healthier habits. These 6 apps provide helpful feedback so you can make lifestyle adjustments to enhance your total sleep time.
The Sleepzy sleep cycle tracker analyzes your sleep throughout the night and gives you a report in the AM. It t wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase, so you don’t feel groggy and disoriented the second you wake up. The app also shows users their “sleep debt,” or the minutes or hours between your sleep goal and the actual amount of time you’re sleeping. The app will even send you an alert if it detects you’re getting fewer zzz’s.
Want to get those oms on? Try Calm, an app for guided meditation and sleep. Its most popular feature is a 10-minute meditation called The Daily Calm, which brings you a new mindful, inspirational thought every morning. Plus, research shows that meditation comes with a number of health benefits, including boosting your immune system and alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Sleep Cycle doubles as a smart alarm clock that tracks your sleep via sound and vibrational rhythms. It also wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase, making for a peaceful morning and rest of day.
SleepScore uses patented sonar technology to track users’ sleep by monitoring their breathing and body movements. The app provides a quantifiable way to understand whether or not your previous night’s sleep was restorative enough, so the next time you’re feeling a bit groggy, just pop the app open and check your stats.
“Meditation apps do a few things that are critical for sleep. First, they dump our ‘to do’ list and shift our focus to our breathing, rather than to things we need to do the next day. Second, they settle our minds and our bodies as we fall off to sleep, and that may increase the likelihood that we stay asleep,” says Dr. Kevin Gilliland, PsyD, clinical psychologist and Executive Director of Innovation 360, an outpatient group of counselors and therapists in the Dallas area. He’s a big fan of Headspace, which offers a free Basics pack, a 10-day beginner course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.
Beddr is a new, FDA-approved consumer sleep wearable and companion app that tracks your sleep quality and offers recommendations for how to improve your sleep in just one week. You wear a compact sensor on your forehead overnight, and when you wake up, you receive custom reports on your blood oxygen levels, sleeping position, and “stopped breathing events” (a symptom of sleep apnea). The SleepTuner is $149, and the app is free to download for iOS.
7.Stop, Breathe & Think
Stop, Breathe & Think asks users to hit pause on whatever they’re doing to check in on their feelings. Answer a few quick questions and the app will offer a guided meditation based on an analysis of your mood. Premium memberships start at just $4.91 per month.
8.Day One Journal
Day one makes journaling way more engaging than your typical notebook. Add photos, voice memos, or even drawings to bring your memories to life. Plus, you can easily set reminders to ensure that you maintain the habit. The basic version is free and premium, which allows you to draw, and import Instagram posts, costs less than $3 per month.
Wind down with the app’s “Dreamscapes,” a mix of music, narration and sounds, that are designed to help you fall, and stay, asleep. Pzizz is used by some pretty famous people including J.K. Rowling and former NBA star Roy Hibbert, according to the company’s website. A premium version costs $9.99 a year.
Bedtime stories aren’t just for kids. Relax Melodies includes stories in a variety of genres, including mystery, science fiction, and non-fiction to lull you to bed. If that’s not your thing, there are hundreds of guided meditations and music. The app is free but in-app purchases are offered.
Source: Men’s Health: 10 Best Sleep Apps to Help You Get Some Shuteye