As Android phones continue to grow in popularity, the selection of apps gets better and better. While most phones may include an alarm function, these apps take it a step further and actually help improve your sleep, and consolidate your nightstand – taking the place of clocks, white noise machines, sound machines, and more. Take a look at these innovative apps we’ve found. First, for the reason that they are actually changing how the world sleeps, second, for they may help you get a better night’s sleep, and all have free versions to boot!.
AmbiScience Pure Sleep
Pure Sleep uses ambient sounds and brainwave entrainment (binaural and isochronic) to put your mind to sleep and help you relax. The free version includes 4 ambient tracks, 1 soundtrack, 1 isochronic track and 1 entrainment track. Users can layer 2 sounds, use timers and alarms, and run the app in the background. In the paid version for $1.99, you get the ability to layer up to 4 tracks and over 25 soundtracks. The key to entrainment type apps is to use headphones and many people indeed find it useful to encourage sleep.
Relax and Sleep
Relax and Sleep is a top-rated ambient sound app that features over 35 tracks for free. It includes classic sounds like thunder and ocean, plus others like acoustic guitar and air conditioner. Sounds can be mixed together to find the perfect sleep-inducing mix, and saved as presets. It also contains a stopwatch and alarm. Plus, it integrates with the check-in/check-out function of the SleepBot app below.
Sleepbot is an interesting app that lets users track how much sleep they get. It allows you to “clock in” and out of sleep, and provides useful graphs and stats to help you get a handle how much sleep you are getting or missing. It also includes a customizable alarm, the ability to add multiple logs per day, add notes, and even backup to SD card or online.
Sleep If U Can
This interesting alarm clock is sure to coerce you to sleep, as you won’t be able to just hit the snooze button in the morning! This app uses a special technique to get you up and moving – you have to take a picture of an object/place (that you have previously photographed around your home). The alarm will not turn off until you have snapped the requested photo (or you can outsmart it and turn the app off – but don’t say it didn’t try!).
Music Therapy for Sound Sleep
This popular app includes a variety of tracks and options for free for those looking for a good “sound machine” replacement. Similar to brain entrainment, Music Therapy uses alpha wave frequencies in their mixes to stimulate sleep. Sounds can be looped individually, mixed simultaneously, in a consecutive playlist, or played in random order. It also includes a customizable alarm and play timer. There is also a paid version that includes more sounds and music for $2.99.
Sleep as Android
This sleep app includes several functions, which likely accounts for its 30k+ reviews, mostly all 4-5 stars. One of the most interesting functions is that it monitors sleep cycles and records any loud sounds. This can help you track the causes of disrupted sleep or identify snoring/sleep apnea symptoms (a free 2-week trial is included). It also features an alarm that wakes you during light sleep cycles in the morning to help you feel more refreshed. The alarm can be customized with various nature sounds for a more pleasant wake-up, and also has a captcha function to help ensure you are up. Sleep as Android tracks your stats and sleep debt and allows sharing.
Lightning Bug is another very popular sound app, and perhaps one of the most customizable. It features over 200 sounds that can be mixed and over 50 background images to customize the experience. In addition, it has a fully customizable alarm interface, sleep timer, screen timeout/dimmer, and local weather. The app has a plugin feature where additional content can be added, both free and paid.
A unique take on white noise machines, the Chroma Doze allows you to create a custom sleep experience. You sketch out the spectrum you want to hear, and the app plays the noise. It uses a full spectrum from white to red and can play in the background. While it doesn’t yet have timer or alarm features, it is still interesting to try and a sure way to make your bed geeky and unique.
Relax and Sleep by Glenn Harrold
Glenn Harrold is top-selling UK self help author, and in this app, he provides a basic hypnosis track for relaxation. The track lasts about 27 minutes and slowly guides listeners into deep relaxation through breathing and relaxation techniques. The speaker’s voice is soft and the background noises support relaxation. The echoing, surround effects are best experienced through headphones. Towards the end of the session, several affirmation and stress-reducing suggestions are made to help you during the day as well. The paid version costs $4.99 and includes more tracks and features.
If you prefer to listen to the mp3 music on your phone while falling asleep, then this app will be helpful. Sleep Timer can be set to turn off Google Play music at set interval to conserve your battery life. The interface is very simple; it includes a slider and buttons to set the desired play time, a button to launch the music player and a button to kill the music app manually. It can also be set to stop other applications, turn off WiFi, turn on airplane mode, and more.
Now your phone can be useful at night with binaural beats, nature sounds and hypnosis. With these apps and all the others in the Android Market, partnered with one of these equally innovative memory foam mattresses you are sure to find one to help you sleep better. If you are having trouble sleeping, you owe it to yourself to at least give these free apps a try!
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