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From apps that help you relax to those that monitor your sleep cycle, a little technology can go a long way in assisting you catch the right amount of ‘Z’s. As with most areas of the app market, sleep assist technology abounds, but here is the lowdown on five that can help you reach and stay in the land of nod.
A Good Night’s Rest
The average adult requires seven-and-a-half to nine hours of sleep each night, depending on their age and individual circumstances. For those who struggle with sleep, the nightly routine can be painful – tossing and turning, lying awake worrying, and then waking to feel unrested. Experts recommend that routine, lack of stimulants like coffee, relaxation and a comfortable environment can all help you get sufficient sleep. Once you’ve nailed your diet and environment, consider also investing in a superior mattress – you can see the quality that’s available today by visiting websites such as Sleepys.com.au. With these basics in order, you’re ready to find out if an app can really make a difference.
1. Pre-Bed Yoga
Yoga is renowned for calming the body and the mind before bedtime, and its impact has been extensively studied. As part of your routine, yoga can help you wind down to more easily fall asleep and then enjoy a more rejuvenating rest. A host of apps have this field covered including Yoga for Insomnia, which works you through poses specifically designed to help you sleep.
Like yoga, quietening the mind through meditation also leads to a restful sleep. Relax and Sleep by Glenn Harrold is one of the apps targeting this method, featuring two free self-hypnosis sessions and extra in-app purchases to help overcome stress, anxiety and insomnia.
If sound assists you to get to sleep, there are a bevy of apps dedicated to providing music, white noise or calming background sounds. These include Relax Melodies, Sleep Pillow Sounds, and Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds.
4. Sleep Monitoring
Sleep can be divided into roughly two cycles: REM sleep where you dream and non-REM sleep that works through the phases of light sleep, middle sleep (which is fairly restorative) and deep sleep, the most restful sleep of all.
With this knowledge, apps like the Sleep Cycle alarm clock sense your body movements to gauge when you are entering different cycles of sleep. The app assists you to get to sleep with sounds, fades when you have fallen asleep, and can then pick when you are in your lightest sleep cycle during your wake-up window to wake you up, leaving you feeling more refreshed. It also monitors your entire night’s sleep, providing you data on the type of rest you had.
5. Dream Catching
If dreaming is part of the reason you find it hard to stay asleep, there are even apps dedicated to guiding them, such as Dream:ON. This experimental app monitors your sleep cycle, and when it senses you are dreaming, it plays a soundscape to assist in guiding your dreams.
A lack of sleep can lead to an array of health problems, but with a routine and a willingness to embrace the new technology at hand, you might be one step closer to a good night’s rest.