March 19 of this year will be celebrated around the world as World Sleep Day. The annual event is a celebration of one of the most important parts of our daily routine. World Sleep Day is organized by the World Sleep Society’s World Sleep Day Committee and the goal of the day is also to raise awareness of sleep-related problems and the prevention and treatment of sleep disorders.
While the occasion marks a date each year when sleep disorders and how to prevent them are brought to light, it is important for humans to maintain a healthy sleep cycle on a daily basis. A good 6-8 hour sleep is essential for the body and its maximum functionality. However, we often lose track of our decreased sleep time as our lives continue to be occupied by study, work, and play.
To ensure you maintain a healthy sleep cycle, here are seven apps to help you get the right amount of sleep.
Calm is a meditation app that you can use right before bed. Like most of the apps on this list, Calm will help you fall asleep faster with stories about sleep, soothing music, and even guided lessons on gentle movements that relax the body. The free version of the app should help most people go to bed and even tackle issues like anxiety. However, users can also subscribe to interact with some paid content.
Headspace is all about meditation and using meditation techniques to calm your mind. In addition to sleeping sounds that help you rest well, the application also includes several courses, all based on topics related to conscious living and others. The app also has some nifty tricks like manipulating the speaker’s voice to be louder or softer than background ambient sounds. A free version of the app will provide you with a limited number of sessions per day, but you can always go premium and get unlimited access to the content.
Relax Melodies, as the name suggests, is an application that can play various sounds to help you sleep and maintain a good sleep as well. You can schedule the app to play music all night or to turn off after a period of time. The number of sleeping sounds you get here is limited when you use the free version. However, there is another catch: you cannot use another app when Relax Melodies is in action. However, this can be a good thing and minimize distractions so you can sleep faster.
Noisli also provides you soothing sounds. However, its most important feature is the ability to customize your sounds according to your taste and environment to create your own soundscape. Noisli can be used for anything from drowning out annoying sounds when you’re trying to work, to setting the perfect stage to induce sleep at night. A free version gives you 16 sounds and 15 hours of streaming per day, while a paid version gives you 28 sounds, no streaming limit, and a few more features.
Sleep Cycle is an application that helps you control your sleep time and patterns. The app also has some great features up its sleeve, including monitoring your sleep in real time by analyzing the sounds you make through your phone. This can be used to wake you up when your body is in its lightest phase of sleep, therefore allowing you to wake up feeling fresher. You can also set an approximate alarm so that the app doesn’t wake you up too late. Premium features include information on how the weather affects your sleep and the ability to take sleep notes, among other features.
Did you know that your Apple Watch can natively track sleep?
Sleep tracking can be much more accurate and insightful with the help of a wearable device like the Apple Watch. Apple Watch lets you create a sleep schedule and routine to help you reach your sleep numbers. The Apple Health app also helps you keep track of your sleep. When you’ve had enough sleep, the Apple Watch’s haptic alarm feature can also wake you up silently, without disturbing the sleep of those around you.