For some, sleeping is a problem instead of the remedy. Either from too much work, too much stress or other dysfunctional reasons, people can have a hard time getting asleep and even though they slept for enough time, they wake up tired. Smartphones and other intelligent devices can help owners in this matter too, through the use of some intelligent applications and software solutions. Besides customizable alarms and apps that track sleeping habits, the following list can be accounted as a first-aid solution in sleep disorders.
Besides software trickery, choosing a good pair of sleeping headphones can also help. Guaranteed to isolate your mind from the surrounding noise without causing discomfort, they are an easy solution for concentrating and helping people relax. When that doesn’t help either, we do recommend paying the doctor a visit or, if it works out for you, to exercise more.
Have a better sleep with these apps
Whether you’re an Android, iOS or Windows Phone user, there are various mobile applications that can help you sleep. Besides these, a range of desktop tools can also come in handy, but their range and purpose is somewhat limited. In the following lines, we’re going to present the most interesting tools.
Sleep Pillow [iOS]
The first good step would be to use a mobile application that plays nice, calm sounds, right before you get to bed. One of these options is Sleep Pillow, an iOS title which can be downloaded for free but also has a paid version, with extended features. The basic package offers nine soothing sounds which render waves, birds, frogs, whale songs (no rain, unfortunately) and other type of gentle animals, all in the hopes of relaxing the listener. All songs are shown as pictures and when the user taps a selection, the tune starts playing.
Mixing sounds is also allowed through the use of a Mixes tab, from which the user can combine various songs into one. Tuning the volume may also help in that task. Sleep Pillow also offers a shortlist for favorite sounds, a sleep timer that lets you choose for how long should the songs play and even more.
The paid version goes for around $2 and offers around 70 different songs, an alarm clock and the possibility of timing songs up to 12 hours.
Relax and Sleep [Android]
On the other side of the camp, Android users should check Relax and Sleep, a free application that is pretty much similar to its iOS companion above. Using over 50 unique sounds ranging from ocean waves, birds, summer rain and other nation-inspired choices, this application can calm the user and get it sleeping in no-time. For those who choose the city instead of nature, the package also contains some unorthodox songs as well, which include vacuum cleaners, refrigerator fans and air conditioning. As strange as it sounds, the last one really works for me.
Relax and Sleep allows owners to tweak the volume of each tune played and also, choose to render up to five sounds at the same time. The application also comes with a timer, an alarm clock and the ability to shake the phone for a random melody. Moreover, users have the possibility of staring certain songs, which will move up the list. Mixing is also supported.
The paid version comes with custom alarms and additional presets, and will set users back $2.
Sleep Bug [WindowsPhone 8/iOS]
Microsoft users should not feel left out of the deal this time, with Sleep Bug being a nice option to both services presented above. Pretty much like its companions, this Windows Phone application can render sounds of gentle creatures or of beautiful nature events. The twist comes in the method chosen.
Unlike any other application out there, Sleep Bug has chosen to display a relaxing scene alongside the music. To be more precise, this service offers ten free scenes that contain beach, garden, river and jungle scenarios. Each scene comes with a nice background, a base melody and three to five additional sounds that can be mixed and customized by the user. Usually, these additional sounds mimic the noise of animals or elements familiar to the selected scenario.
Sleep Bug also has a timer feature and for $2, users get 12 additional scenes which do include more modern scenarios.
Sleep as Android
A discrete alarm at its origins, Sleep as Android is actually a complete package of sleeping-aid tools which ensures a fast get to sleep time and a stress-free wake-up. In a few words, the application can play a small range of nature sounds and other lullabies, helping the user get to sleep. Afterwards, the software can analyze and track sleep cycles and display a nice report when you wake up, in the form of a sleep graph.
The application also comes with anti-snoring tricks, sleep talk recording, playlists of relaxing songs which also include nature-inspired tunes, go to bed notifications so you won’t stay up late and deficit tracking. When it comes to waking up, Sleep as Android uses the graph and a time range pre-defined by the user to wake you up at the most opportune moment. This decision is taken by analyzing the body’s movement at that time through the smartphone’s sensors.
Sleep as Android is free to download but the complete version will set you back two bucks.
Sleep Cycle [iOS]
Apple’s alternative of the application described above is Sleep Cycle, a paid-only package that costs $0.99. Aiming to improve the sleep quality and the body’s health state, the software analyzes your sleep patterns and at the end of the sleeping cycle, a detailed graph accompanied by statistics will be provided.
Besides analytics, Sleep Cycle can also analyze how much certain events can affect your sleep quality. For instance, if the owner eats too much or drinks a cup of coffee in the late-afternoon, the application will provide you with details on how those events have influenced sleeping. Of course, these events are manually inserted.
Waking up is done through the use of an intelligent alarm, which wakes up the user with the help of the sleep graph at a given time-range. In other words, the user is prompted to enter the maximum wake-up time and the software will automatically calculate when will the alarm sound so that it’s synchronized with the lightest phase of sleep. Even though this might produce shorter sleeps, developers guarantee an energizing morning.
Last but not least, the alarm uses several calm tunes to wake the user up and a note-taking feature to write down the most interesting discoveries of that day.
JetLag Genie [iOS]
Although the main purpose of this application is a bit out of scope today, JetLag Genie helps users create a plan to ward off the haze of jet lag. Available for iOS only, the application prepares your sleep schedule and creates a complete sleeping strategy that includes pre-departure naps, sleeping during the flight and what to do when you reach the destination. All of these after introducing the flight information and a personal sleep pattern – when you usually sleep, for how long and other things like that.
Besides planning, JetLag Genie comes with a melatonin guide, which vouches to keep your heart safe during the procedure. The app costs around $3.
Relax Completely [iOS /Android]
I’ve never been a fan of hypnosis myself but those who believe in this art have to try Relax Completely, by Darren Marks. This useful application vouches to hypnotize everyone who uses it and get them to sleep in no-time. The software comes with a simple design and a wide range of video scenery, where the user is offered a hypnosis session, by UK’s leading hypnotherapists and trainer.
And the best part is the price: free.
Snoring, that dreadful problem that most middle-aged guys have can be resolved in the modern age. While a smartphone application won’t extinguish the cause, SnoreLab comes in aid with a sound-analyzing algorithm that helps users track the progress and impact of various events and remedies.
For instance, let’s say you just purchased a snoring guide from the pharmacy and you want to see if it’s working. Simply install this application and leave the phone nearby when sleeping and if a certain noise threshold is passed, the software will record and let you know the next day.
Last but not least, we’re introducing yet another sound analyzing application but this time, for Android companions. Known as SleepBot, this application is a fully-featured sleep-tracking software that uses the phone’s built-in accelerometer to track habits. Place the device near your body and through the night the application will record any movements and present a thorough analysis.
Beyond that, the application also records sounds if the level of noise is strong enough; this allows the user to actually hear what he was talking about last night. The recording threshold can be manually set in the settings menu so powerful background noises would not interfere. Also perfect for catching ghosts.
SleepBot is free to install and also comes with a smart-alarm system for a smooth wake-up experience.