Proper sleep is just as crucial to being healthy as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your shuteye with these apps.
This app uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movements as you sleep – just set it on your mattress and it goes to work while you’re out. In addition to providing you with metrics about how well you slept each night, the app has a fantastic alarm function. Users can set a normal alarm time and based on your movement during the last half hour before your alarm, Sleep Cycle will wake you when you are at your lightest sleep. This should make you feel more rested than if your alarm had gone off during restorative and deep REM sleep. The app won’t help you sleep more, but it will make it easier to get up when your alarm rings.
Having some kind of soothing noise playing while you doze can work wonders on your quality of sleep. It helps filter out background noise (like your heating system turning on in the middle of the night, or the neighbors in the next door apartment who watch sitcom reruns at full volume until 4 a.m.) that helps light sleepers stay knocked out for longer periods of time. Sleep Bug offers a wide variety of ambient noises and a pretty slick interface as well.
If Sleep Bug and other ambient noise apps don’t do the trick, check out Pzizz. Rather than giving you a short list of sounds to choose from each night, Pzizz creates a different soundtrack every time you use it. In theory, this helps keep it from becoming overly familiar and therefore losing its effectiveness. It uses a randomization algorithm that gives it over 100 billion different sounds – but it’s not just ocean waves and tranquil streams. Most of the noises Pzizz produces are binaural beats and tones that help induce a state of relaxation in the listener.
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