Sleep is a necessary part of life. Unfortunately, it can be elusive. Whether it’s because of worries on your mind or simply an uncommon feeling of restlessness, you’ve probably had trouble sleeping at some point. Fortunately, there are apps out there keen to help you regain some control over your sleeping pattern.
Here’s our roundup of 10 great apps for tracking or boosting your sleep quality.
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1. Sleep Cycle (Free) - A well known name on the App Store, Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and figures out when's the best time to wake up. Sleep consists of many different cycles -- with some times of the morning being better to wake up than others. Sleep Cycle figures it out for you, and gives you a soothing wake up call when you need it.
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2. Sleep Pillow Sounds (Free) - Having soothing sounds around you helps a lot in getting you in the right mindset for sleep. Sleep Pillow offers a selection of high quality ambient sounds, ensuring you can gently relax and de-stress after a long day of work or activity. In a busy world full of noise, it's a palate cleanser for your ears.
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3. Pzizz (Free) - Pzizz also offers up ambient sounds to soothe and relax you, but it provides you with a new track every time you hit the "start" button. Each time, things sound slightly different, providing you with inspiring words, relaxing music and appealing noises. Lasting from 10 minutes to 12 hours, it's ideal for any time you need to feel calm, not just when trying to sleep.
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4. Sleep Time+ ($1.99) - Part sleep analysis tool, part alarm clock, Sleep Time+ is simple to set up while still offering great features. You can fall asleep to soundscapes or white noise, with an algorithm tracking when's best to wake up. Heart rate integration is also included, giving you insight into your pulse when you wake up.
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5. To bed (Free) - It's easy to get wrapped up in something just before bed. It might be a favorite TV show, or maybe browsing the internet. To bed sort of works like your mother. Simply tap in your age and wakeup times, and the app tells you when you should be getting ready to head to bed. We all need a nudge sometimes.
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6. Digipill (Free) - Offering a little bit of everything to improve your life, Digipill uses meditation techniques to improve your sleep, while also providing some other helpful advice on how to de-stress, gain peace of mind and boost your motivation levels. It's a general all rounder for being more content with yourself.
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7. SleepBot (Free) - SleepBot is another smart alarm system, tracking how much you move at night, and figuring out when you're only in a light sleep rather than deeply sleeping. It offers 10 custom alarm soundtracks, and it'll happily track things in the background rather than needing to be open at all times.
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8. MotionX 24/7 ($0.99) - MotionX 24/7 doesn't just track your sleep like other apps. It also records your snoring and other sounds you might make, keeping you informed of what occurs at night. That's particularly useful if you're concerned about sleep apnea. In the day time, it works as a pedometer, seeing how much you move throughout the day.
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9. Sleep Cycle Power Nap ($1.99) - You don't always want to sleep all night. Sometimes, you're simply looking for a rejuvenating power nap during the day. Sleep Cycle Power Nap helps with that, offering three different nap modes. Power nap has you rest for up to 20 minutes, while a Recovery nap offers up to 45 minutes. There's a 1 sleep cycle mode too, waking you up during your lightest sleep phase.
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10. Sleep Genius ($4.99) - Sleep Genius promises to guide you through your sleep cycle, by offering different soothing sounds and music to ease you in. Its sleep program keeps an eye on things before an alarm gradually wakes you up with a 5 minute revive cycle that means nothing is done too suddenly. For the price of a $4.99 in-app purchase, you can also use a relaxation program and power nap mode.