Technology and sleep don’t seem like an obvious match. This is because, for the most part, they’re not. Staring at a brightly lit screen that is just inches from your face is not exactly the best wind-down, get-ready-for-bed activity. The tie between poor sleep quality and nighttime screen time is well-documented and quite convincing — see this Reuters article or this article from ScienceDaily.
But, as we all know, the iPad and iPhones are powerful, versatile devices that can be used for a variety of applications, and one such application is sleep. However, to tap into this potential you will need to head over to the app store and download one of the many great apps that can help improve sleep.
Read on to learn about some of these sleeping apps, and be sure to check out our collection of iPad cases if you are in need of a sleek, durable, and ultra-functional iPad case to protect your investment.
One of the best and highest-rated apps in the Apple Store for sleep is Sleep Cycle. Like many chart-topping apps, this nifty app is free. The app is essentially a sleep tracker and an alarm clock, but what makes it different is that it takes a unique approach to both of these areas.
The sleep tracker component of Sleep Cycle, for example, will not only record when you fall asleep, but it will also tell you how you slept, like a quality report. And the best part is you don’t even have to leave the phone or tablet on the bed with you. So no more waking up in the middle of the night to realize that your iPad or iPhone is digging into your back.
When it comes time to wake up, the Sleep Cycle utilizes a feature that aims to wake you up in the lightest, gentlest way possible, ensuring that you greet the day rested and relaxed.
Also free, the Sleep Better app not only tracks sleep but also other day-to-day activities. For example, it can be used to track daily habits like alcohol and caffeine consumption — two habits that are closely related to your sleep quality. All of these capabilities make it a great app for connecting the dots and learning what works best for you.
Sleep Pillow Sounds
Have you struggled to fall asleep because of an annoying sound, say, a partner’s snoring? Or maybe you couldn’t sleep because it was unbearably quiet? If this is the case, there are apps out there to help solve this problem. One specific app is the Sleep Pillow Sounds app. It offers a diverse range of sounds. In fact, there are over 300,000 sound combinations you can choose from to create the most relaxed and sleep-conducive headspace.
The importance of a good night’s sleep should never be underestimated. Just as waking up fully rested can feel glorious and refreshing, waking up tired can leave you feeling dreadful and exhausted. If you regularly have sleeping troubles, consider trying one of these handy apps. If that doesn’t work, be sure to get the help you need. Sleep is important, don’t forget it!
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