Appy dreams – the top apps for a good night’s sleep

Our love of technology and the ever increasing amount of time that we spend in front of screens is often credited with ruining our ability to get a good night’s sleep. According to scientists, the stimulation and ‘blue light’ that we get from phones, laptops and tablets can interfere with our body’s production of the essential chemicals which send us off to the land of nod.

That may be true, but there are also ways our tech can help us to sleep – there are apps that track and monitor our sleep patterns, wake us up gently and send us to sleep with soothing sounds. We’ve checked out some of the best, so why not give them a try?

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

The best money you’ll ever spend! Choose roughly when you’d like to wake up and this smart app will make sure you feel refreshed and ready for action when you do. Pop your phone under your pillow where it will track your sleep according to how much you move around, and wake you up when you aren’t in a deep sleep, leaving you ready to greet the day ahead!

Sleep

It does what it says on the tin – Sleep sends you to sleep. If you’re the kind of person who needs some ambient background noise to send you off, you’ll find options aplenty with this clever app. Gentle lullabies, soothing sounds and relaxing music will have you in the land of nod in no time.

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

If soothing sounds aren’t going to help you sleep, why not try guided meditation with this app? It’s a great way to clear your mind of the day’s events and make you ready for a good night’s sleep.

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