You're Just One Click Away from a Better Night's Sleep

You're Just One Click Away from a Better Night's Sleep

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Brittney Morgan
Sep 18, 2016

Technology can do just about anything these days, including helping you fall asleep. Whether you're curious about tracking your sleep cycles, want an alarm that will gently ease you out of sleep, or need some calming background noise to nod off, there are plenty of apps and tools that can aid in your relaxation. If you're ready to doze off into dreamland, here's how clicking "install" on these four apps can help.

WhiteNoise

What it does: WhiteNoise is one of the most top-rated sleep apps out there, and it does exactly what the name implies—it helps you fall asleep with white noise. The app has tons of different soothing noises to choose from, including white, brown and pink noise, cat purring, rain falling, waves crashing, wind blowing and chimes, so there's something for everyone. You can also record and mix noises together to create custom sounds, and the app comes with an alarm that will slowly wake you up in the morning.

Available on: iOS, Android, Apple TV, Mac & Amazon

Price: You can get a free version with ads and fewer features, or pay for the full version ($0.99-$1.99) or pro version ($2.99-$4.99) for more features and ad-free usage

SleepBot

What it does: SleepBot is a sleep cycle alarm and motion tracker. The app is designed to wake you up during your lightest sleep so that you feel well-rested. Grogginess, be gone. You let the app know when you're going to sleep by "punching in" and it automatically silences your phone and puts it on airplane mode, punching out on its own when you wake up to the alarm. You can then view data about how you slept on the app or on your computer via the SleepBot website.

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Pzizz

What it does: Like WhiteNoise, Pzizz helps you fall asleep to sounds, but with a twist. Each night, the app uses an algorithm to play you a mix of music, sound effects and calming voiceovers that are optimized for sleep. It has a nap module, a sleep module, a built-in alarm, and can be used both on or offline, so you can sleep well even when you're nowhere near an internet connection. It also integrates to your music library, so you can set custom songs to wake up to.

Available on: iOS and Android

Price: Free

f.lux

What it does: f.lux is primarily an app for your Mac computer, but it is available on some smartphones. It automatically adjusts your screen light to adapt to the time of day, so that you're not surrounded by that weird blue glow that your computer gives off (which can make it hard for your body to adjust to sleep.) In the morning, f.lux will make your display look more like daylight, and as it gets darker, it'll adjust to your indoor lighting.

Available on: Mac OS X and some Android devices

Price: Free

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