With help from a few smartphone apps, you can look forward to a good night's rest and an even better morning.
Instead of using the native alarm app on your phone, Sleep Cycle alarm clock uses the phone's internal sensors to montior your movement through the night (creepy, right?) and wake you when you're in your lightest phase of sleep, within a half-hour of your desired alarm time.
Once you switch on the app, place the phone facedown on your bed (don't cover it with pillows), and the phone tracks your sleep. In addition to waking you in the morning, the app stores data on your sleep including hours slept, sleep quality and factors that contribute to a better night's rest.
The app is available for $.99 on Apple. A similar app, Sleep as Android, is available for Android users, and Sleepbot also offers similar features for both major operating systems for free.
While it has a built-in alarm, the selling point on this app is the collection of peaceful, ambient sounds and the ability to mix custom blends.
Want to go to sleep to the sounds of a thunderstorm on the beach? Done. More comfortable with a crackling fire, birds and the sounds of a river? You can do that too.
The app is available for $1.99 in the Apple iOS store.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
If the motion-senstive alarm isn't helping you feel more rested and the ambient noise hasn't helped, then perhaps what you need is a personal sleep therapist.
Enter the Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson app. The app guides the user through "meditation intended to help you overcome insomnia and get to sleep."
The app is available for $2.99 for both Apple and Android.
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