Get the sleep you’ve always dreamed of with these 5 apps

We know that screen time can affect our sleep quality, but using your smartphone properly can actually improve your sleep. Most sleep apps have different ways to improve sleep hygiene and quality, while some help you track your sleep.

Here are the best sleep apps for a good night’s sleep.

If you use social media at all, you’ve probably seen ads for Calm. This app is perfect if you need sound to fall asleep. The app includes sleep stories, guided meditations, soundscapes and music. Best known for their celebrity bedtime stories (Harry Styles and Kate Winslet, to name a few), Calm caters to adults and children alike.

Image: Calm

Advantages:

  • Features a sleep timer that turns off the sound after a certain amount of time.
  • It has a daily diary feature where you can track your mood and sleep.
  • You get your own profile that you can share with friends.

Cons:

  • Unable to sort the guided meditations by time.
  • The free trial lasts for 7 days and after that all content is locked behind a paywall.

Cost:

After the 7-day free trial, users can pay $14.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

Sleep Cycle is a sleep tracker, alarm and sleep aid in one app. The thing that sets it apart from competitors is that it records your sleep and lets you play through all the sounds you made while you slept.

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Image: Sleep cycle

Advantages:

  • It uses AI to track your sleep and provides a detailed overview of sleep quality, time and sounds.
  • Features a smart alarm that wakes you up slowly while you are in a light sleep.
  • It can show you your sleep stats on a graph to easily track your sleep hygiene over time.
  • Has a sleep aid so you can fall asleep with audio.

Cons:

  • Free to download, but you will be asked to pay when you set up the app.
  • The app works at night, which drains the battery faster.
  • It picks up the movement and sounds of others in the room, including pets.

Cost:

The app is free to download from the app store, but once set up, users can try the app for just 7 days before being charged $39.99 per year.

This app, not to be confused with the Australian Headspace Foundation for mental health, is primarily a meditation app. It has a wide variety of guided meditation programs, including for sleep.

Get the sleep you've always dreamed of with these 5 apps
Image: Headspace

Advantages:

  • May be beneficial for people who deal with stress or anxiety outside of their sleep routine.
  • Features timed Sleepcasts with soundscapes, sleep music and meditation.

Cons:

  • Meditation programs can become repetitive.
  • More expensive than other apps

Cost:

After a 7-day free trial, users have to pay $19.99 per month. To access the 14-day free trial, users must pay an annual fee of $91.99.

Smiling Mind is another meditation and mindfulness app, but unlike Headspace, it’s completely free. For those seeking sound before falling asleep, Smiling Mind’s guided meditation programs are a great way to wind down before bed.

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Image: Smiling Ghost

Advantages:

  • The app is completely free.
  • Developed by psychologists and educators for use in a variety of environments.
  • Options for different age groups.
  • Tracks mindfulness data and includes a daily diary.

Cons:

  • Includes guided meditation only, no soundscapes or music.
  • No way to track sleep data.

Cost:

Smiling Mind is completely free, but users can donate through their website if they wish.

Although Spotify is a music app, it offers a variety of playlists, including soundscapes, guided meditation podcasts, sleep music, and sounds aimed at helping users fall asleep.

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Advantages:

  • Spotify is always updated with new songs and podcast episodes, so content never gets repetitive.
  • Cheaper than other paid sleep apps, with a free option available.
  • Users can create their own playlists tailored to their sleep needs.

Cons:

  • The free version has ads.
  • No sleep tracking technology as this is an audio only app.

Cost:

If users want to upgrade to Spotify Premium, there is a one-month free trial. After the trial period ends, users will have to pay $11.99 per month.

Give yourself a rest and sleep well with these apps. From sleep tracking to meditation, there’s something for everyone and every budget.

Get the sleep you’ve always dreamed of with these 5 apps

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