6 Apps Which Aid A Good Night’s Sleep

According to Aviva’s recent sleep survey, we’re all struggling more than ever to get a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is imperative for maintaining emotional wellbeing and good physical health. Whilst we’re asleep our body and brain works hard to regulate hormones which regulate mood, energy and growth, renew cells, process the events of the previous day and kick-start our memory.

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“The importance of getting a decent night’s sleep should never be underestimated. Sleep plays an important role in mental and physical health, with your body using this time to renew and repair. However, it’s very easy to make a habit of going to bed too late, or not being able to switch off when you do eventually turn in for the night.

“Sometimes a few lifestyle changes are all that’s needed to boost your sleep levels, such as establishing a routine, eating dinner earlier in the night or avoiding TV and mobile phone screens before bed. Sleep trackers are also a great way of monitoring your rest patterns. However, if stress, anxiety or other mental health issues are what’s keeping you awake, getting help and support – including seeking advice from your GP – is recommended. Tackling sleepless nights is a crucial step to improving overall health and wellbeing.”  Dr Doug Wright, Medical Director for Aviva UK Health

The relationship between sleep and depression is a complex one. Not getting enough sleep certainly exacerbates depressive symptoms yet a change in sleep habits is also one of the symptoms of depression. It’s a catch-22.

A study carried out by PLOS One has concluded that increased smartphone screen-time has been linked to lower sleep quality.

As smartphones play such an integral way in how we live, work and communicate, we wanted to find ways for them to aid a good night’s sleep.

f.lux

https://justgetflux.com/

Our smartphones emit a blue light which affects our circadian timing. f.lux adjust the colour of the light that your phone emits. In turn, helping your circadian timing.

Android | Also available for Windows and Mac

f.lux isn’t available on iOS devices, but there is a built-in feature called Night Shift.

Sleepio

https://www.sleepio.com/

Sleepio is a six week sleep improvement program. It has been designed by sleep expert Prof Colin Espie and features the latest Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. It is clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep through the night and feel better during the day – whether you’ve had poor sleep for weeks, months or even years.

iOS | There’s no Android app at present, but you can use the main website interface.

Sleepbot

https://www.mysleepbot.com/

SleepBot tracks your sleep activity in order to help you get a good night’s rest and wake you up at just the right time. SleepBot uses your device’s accelerometer and can even be set to record sounds. The app’s smart alarm lets you set a range of time to be woken up, with the app deciding to trigger the alarm based on your sleep activity. Besides the smart alarm, SleepBot includes an array of sleep tracking metrics (such as a sleep debt log) and a detailed knowledge base to help you learn about smart sleeping habits.

Android | iOS

Sleep Cycle

https://www.sleepcycle.com/

Sleep Cycle takes the scientific approach to waking you up after a good night’s rest. Using the device accelerometer to record your sleeping habits, the app uses sleep cycle theory and aims to wake you at just the right time to ensure optimal rest. Users set a window of time (say a 30 minute stretch) instead of a traditional pinpoint alarm time, and when the app judges that your sleep movement is just right, it will ring the alarm to wake you. In addition to the smart alarm, Sleep Cycle records your sleeping habits for tracking sleep quality over time.

Android | iOS

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

Better Sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential for both your physical and mental health. However for many people this basic requirement for health and wellbeing does not come easy.
Listening to Deep Sleep will help you gently drift into a deep, natural sleep every night.
Through a range of relaxation techniques and visualisations, Deep Sleep will help you enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of a regular, deep sleeping pattern.

Pzizz

http://pzizz.com/

Pzizz helps users slip gently into sleep using a combination of music, words, sound effects and binaural beats to help you de-stress and re-energize. Once users set a listening duration (10 minutes to 10 hours), pzizz generates a unique sleeping soundtrack for you every time from its library of built-in media. Users can adjust the volume levels of music, sound effects and vocal tracks to achieve the desired effects, and with more than 10 billion possible combinations of audio elements, the app won’t be repeating itself any time soon.

Android | iOS

What apps have you found to be most useful in aiding a good night’s sleep? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Mhairi McCallum

    I love the meditainment.com sleep track – I’m pretty sure it helps me each night and I often put it on again if my daughter has me up through the night and I can’t get back to sleep

  • Gillian Taylor

    I use the Twilight app.

    • The Blurt Foundation

      Thank you Gillian

  • Millie

    I used Headspace Sleep programme – I’ve had terrible sleep pattern for over s year. With this inwas able to fall asleep better. When I woke up a few hours later I would listen again. Over a month inwas able to stay asleep for longer and felt less stressed over all. Def recommend it.

    • The Blurt Foundation

      Thank you so much for the recommendation!

  • Phoebe Mae Rayner

    I also use ‘Stop, Breathe and Think’ it has lots of free guided meditations that are great for helping me drift off to sleep 🙂

    • The Blurt Foundation

      That’s really helpful, thank you.