10 Apps to Help You Fall Asleep and Rest

There are a lot of apps out there to help relieve stress or to make you more mindful, but not as many that are dedicated to helping you sleep. Ironically, one of the reasons we don’t sleep as much nowadays can be linked to our long hours of screen time, so an app for sleeping may seem a bit strange. But there are some useful sleeping apps that don’t require you to stare at the screen for hours on end.

Here are the 10 best sleeping apps that will help give you the rest you so desperately need.

1. Somerst

Somryst utilizes CBT-I (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia) to help their clients sleep, which is approved by the FDA for people with chronic insomnia. The app takes you through 9 weeks of lessons and exercises that are clinically proven to fight insomnia. To get started you have to fill out a questionnaire, speak with a healthcare provider to see if it would be a good fit, and then download the app. The downside is it’s $45 for the consultation and $100 to use the app. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

2. Slumber

Slumber is an app that helps you transition into sleep with stories, meditations, sounds, and relaxing music. You’ll even find hypnosis, breath control, and ASMR in their vast library of content that is updated weekly. Over 2 million people have downloaded this very useful app. A year-long subscription is $49.99. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

3. Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle analyzes how well you sleep by listening to the sounds you make in bed. Essentially, it keeps tabs on your sleep cycles and then sends you an analysis of your sleep quality. It also can tell you what factors influence your ability to rest and what you might be able to change about your sleeping habits. The premium subscription costs $29.99 per year. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

4. Pzizz

Pzizz uses psychoacoustics, a branch in psychology that studies how sounds affect our brains, to help people sleep. They use ‘dreamscapes,’ voice narration, autogenic training, and more to induce relaxation. Academic researchers have even discovered how effective the app can be. Even JK Rowling loves it! Pzizz Pro costs $7.99 per month or $49.99 per year, and they offer a financial assistance program if you can’t afford it. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

@JRhodesPianist Love it as much as I love Pzizz, which I got on your recommendation. Best I’ve used by a mile xx

5. Bettersleep

Bettersleep has different modules that will help you wind down after a stressful day, fall asleep quickly, and get deeper sleep. It uses hypnosis, stories, tips, and customizable sounds to achieve this. It has been downloaded an astounding 55 million times! They also offer a student discount and an affiliate program so you can make money with referrals. Bettersleep is $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

6. Sleep Easy

Sleep Easy was created by the well-known sleep expert Dr. Richard Shane. It treats over 30 sleeping problems using customized programs that help you to get better with your sleep hygiene and can reduce the amount of medication you take for sleep. It also provides resources to help with other mental health issues that may be affecting your sleep. Sleep Easy is free with in-app purchases. Download the app on the Apple App Store here.

7. SleepScore

The SleepScore app scores how well you slip. It uses the microphone on your phone to track your breathing and movement, then sends you an analysis of how well you did at every stage of sleep. It will then send you personalized advice and you can keep track of your scores each day to see how well you’re doing. SleepScore is free with in-app purchases. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

8. Sleepiest

Sleepiest offers various sounds, meditations, stories, and hypnosis scripts to give you the rest you need. The content is updated weekly and the stories are narrated by award-winning voice actors. It also features sleep tracking and a smart alarm that wakes you up gently. Sleepiest costs $9.99 per month or $49.99 per year. Download the app on the Apple App Store here.

9. Oura

To use the Oura app you need to purchase an Oura ring. It’s not cheap (the generation 3 ring is currently listed at $299) but for anyone looking for a comprehensive analysis of their sleep, this is probably your best option outside of a sleep clinic. It keeps track of your REM sleep, deep sleep, light sleep, heart rate, temperature, nighttime routine, temperature, and more. The Oura app is $5.99 per month. Download the app on the Google Play Store here or on the Apple App Store here.

10. Sleepstation

Sleepstation is another expensive yet highly useful app. After you sign up you’ll be assigned sleep coaches who will help you figure out the issues which are affecting your sleep and then create a customized plan for you to follow. Throughout your sleep journey, you can raise any questions or concerns and your coach will be there to help. Sleepstation costs $149 but is free through the NHS if you live in England.

Bonus App: Food Monster

Eating a healthy, plant-based diet can be very beneficial in helping you get to sleep, so why not check out One Green Planet’s Food Monster App, one of the best (and largest!) plant-based apps on the App Store?! It only takes a few moments to sign up and gives you instant access to over 20,000 recipes. You can browse recipes by different ingredients, themes, cooking methods, diet, cuisine, and so much more! So what are you waiting for? Download it now and get a great night’s sleep!

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