How to Use Your Phone to Help You Sleep Better

By Sarah Garden
04 September 2018
Sleep, Iphone, Tech, Gear
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We’re constantly told that our phones are a distraction. Not only do they get in the way of normal social interaction (we’ve all seen couples sitting across dinner table while mindlessly staring at Instagram), but they also disturb a good night’s sleep. There’s always more scrolling to do. More videos of pets falling over to watch. More Kanye West tweets to screen shot.

The blue light emitted from screens can reset your body’s internal clock by delaying the release of melatonin. But your device doesn’t have to work against you. Step away from social media and download these apps – you’ll be out cold in no time.

Sleep Genius
There’s merit to this app’s name – it’s based on the same science that NASA uses on astronauts to help them sleep, so you know it’s good. The sounds emitted are based on neurosensory algorithms (let’s all pretend we know what that means) that will gently lead your overactive mind into the land of nod.
Available on iPhone and Andiod

White Noise
Your hearing never sleeps. This means that during the night, especially if you’re a light sleeper, even the slightest disturbance can increase your heart rate and wake you up. On the contrary white noise is monotonous and boring enough to ignore. If you’re a light sleeper, download the White Noise app to drown out any external noise from the neighbours or construction. It’s similar to having a loud air conditioning unit on all night.
Available on iPhone and Android

Digipill
This clever app will prescribe you a meditation session based on a range of different issues, including insomnia and anxiety. All of the different meditations on the app have been given the stamp of approval from a licensed NLP master trainer and psychotherapist, and apparently you can start to feel the benefits in as little as ten minutes.
Available on iPhone

Apple Bedtime
iPhone users will know this app well – or at least the alarm clock. Make sure you’re getting the most out of it by telling the app how many hours you want to sleep for each night. It will recommend a time for you to go to bed based on your daily alarm clock.
Available on iPhone

Sleep Cycle
Sleep Cycle is one of the most famous apps out there, and it can provide you with a lot of data on your sleeping pattern. Each morning you’ll see a graph displaying your lightest and deepest points of sleep and, best of all, it can wake you during your lightest phase so that you’re ready to get out of bed.
Available on iPhone and Andriod

Relax & Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold
If the soothing tones of someone’s voice will help calm your racing thoughts then this is the app for you. There are nice effects that make the sound fade in and out, and pan from ear to ear. The mixture of relaxing words and audio effects is extremely soothing.
Available on iPhone and Andriod

Calm
This is a great introduction to meditation for beginners. Instead of having to listen to someone’s voice – which can be a bit annoying – you can opt for the sounds of nature and calming music. If you’re an over-thinker, this will do a great job of clearing your head.
Available on iPhone and Andriod