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Have Insomnia? These Apps Can Help You Catch Some Sleep

appsIn a world filled with flashing screens, it’s no wonder that no one’s getting any sleep. Every one of us has had to deal with spending hours at night tossing and turning. Some of us take medication. Others just lay in bed for hours on end, hoping they’ll finally feel tired enough to pass out. But it doesn’t have to be this way. While you may blame your phone for contributing to your insomnia thanks to its bright lights, you can turn your smartphone into an ally in the war against insomnia by enlisting these insomnia busting apps.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
This tried and true app is simple. Sleep Cycle will analyze your sleeping patterns, determining your REM cycle. The app will then determine when the best time to wake you up is by analyzing when you’re in the lightest portion of REM sleep. This way, you’ll wake up a little less groggy and more well rested, the better for getting up and getting a handle on your day.

Available for: Android, iOS

Long Deep Breathing
As the name implies, this app aims to help you relax and ultimately fall asleep easier by walking you through a series of deep breathing exercises. Once you’ve completed the exercises, the idea is that you’ll be a lot calmer and clear headed, which should make it easier for you to fall asleep stress free.

Available for: iOS

Sleep Genius
With a name like that, Sleep Genius is reaching for some pretty lofty expectations. The app is basically supposed to help you train yourself to sleep a little easier all without the help of white noise machines. Sleep Genius was developed with the help of researching how astronauts fall sleep, which should definitely help you out when it comes to figuring out how you can catch some ‘zzzs’ without stressing.

Available for: Android, iOS

Relax Melodies
But sometimes you need a little help falling asleep and that’s where Relax Melodies comes in. This app provides users with gentle, relaxing sounds designed to help you calm down at the end of the day. Paired up with cheerful illustrations and photos, it’s a good remedy for those nights when you just need something to soothe you. The app also comes complete with binaural beats which are designed to make it easier for you to calm down your brain. But the best part has to be the fact that this app is completely free.

Available for: Android, iOS

Sleepy Time
This novel app, also a popular website, allows you to figure out what the best time for you to fall asleep at is within a matter of seconds. All you need to do is input when you want to wake up and the app will calculate your optimal bedtime based on 90 minute REM cycles. It’s all pretty straightforward and the app itself is easy to use, making it easy to figure out what bedtimes will give you the best, most relaxed pattern of sleep.

Available for: Android, iOS

Yoga for Insomnia
Some people find that the best way to get themselves ready for bed is with the help of some gentle, relaxing yoga. This paid app (it’s $2.99) helps users fall asleep a little easier by teaching them simple yoga techniques meant to reduce stress. Since regular exercise has been shown to help people fall asleep a little easier, it’s definitely an app worth trying out if you’re someone who constantly deals with insomnia. Combined with special breathing techniques which you can learn through the app, it’s definitely something worth checking out at least once.

Available for: iOS