As more and more people suffer from sleep problems, a growing list of companies are designing applications that work with their smartphones and tablet to help them track their sleep patterns and guide them to better sleep. Depending on what challenges stand in your way to a better night’s sleep ranging from the self-inflicted challenges of caffeine intake to serious health conditions like sleep apnea, there is likely to be a sleep app that can help you with your sleep problems.
There are sleep-tracking apps that wake you up during the optimal time in your REM sleep cycle as well as those that monitor your coffee intake. There are also sleeping apps that monitor your sleep patterns and environment as well as manage sleep apnea and a variety of options in between.
While they range in price from free to more than $100 for greater accuracy and specialized features, it is affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to sleep issues that they all have in common. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make insomnia and sleep disorders more manageable.
DreamOn, Pzizz, and Sleep Pillow are apps that track your sleep patterns and also provide a metric for sleep that lets you add sleep notes, and wakes you up at your lightest sleep time using soothing tones. These and other devices like them may use the voice of hypnotherapist and/or hours of audio content ranging from music to nature sounds. Others provide tips and tools to assist in getting better sleep such as dozens of pages of insomnia tips and monitoring of outside stimuli that can affect sleep.
Some like Pillow Talk track your sleep and provides information on what to do to improve while others like UpCoffee allows you to monitor your caffeine intake throughout the day and figure out when to cut yourself off in order to fall asleep more easily. This one, like some other forms of sleep app, work in conjunction with fitness trackers as well.
For those that are looking for something more specific such as those people living with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, there is more than one sleep app that can provide detailed information and tracking. SleepBot and Sleep Time by Azumio are sleep apps with motion and sleep tracking capabilities that combine to provide the user with useful information about their sleep cycles in graph from.
These two sleep tracking apps provide a detailed long-term history to help the individual recognize sleep patterns. Like some other sleep apps, they can also provide suggestions that aid in better sleep such as foods to eat that aid in sleep as well as what to avoid. They even provide exercise suggestions that can be done just before bedtime to help prepare you for sleep.
The Sleep Assess and the Sleep Apnea Monitor sleep app are specifically designed for those with sleep apnea in order to monitor their condition. In addition to tracking a number of data points, other apps like the Sleep Connect provide information and support from its network of users that live with sleep apnea.