We are always trying to get a better night’s sleep, and sometimes it can feel like there is no hope of achieving this. There are so many things on the market to try, so we have picked a few of the best rated and reviewed apps and products which you may want to try for a great night’s sleep.
All of these apps are available on both Android and Apple products so are accessible from most phones or tablets. They are also free to download!
- Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
The main function of this app is to track and analyse your sleep patterns in order to wake you up at the best time during your sleep cycle. You decide on a period of time where you want to wake up, and the app will decipher when you’re in the lightest sleep throughout this period and wake you up.
Waking up during a light pattern of sleep will leave you feeling refreshed and energised as opposed to a little bit groggy.
It uses sounds and vibrations to track your sleep, so you don’t even need to sleep with your phone under your pillow – just place it on your bedside table, and you’re set.
- Relax Melodies
This app is all about relaxing you so you’re able to fall asleep, you can choose from hundreds of relaxing sounds, nature and melodies to create the perfect relaxing environment for you to fall asleep.
You can place mindfulness melodies over the top of your relaxing sounds for an even bigger benefit to your sleep. This app is also perfect for those of us who can’t fall asleep in silence, this way you aren’t leaving a tv or anything else playing while you sleep.
In summary, this is a huge colouring book in app format. There are more than 1,000 images which you can colour in to relax your mind before bedtime.
The images range from animals to pop art, so there is sure to be something that you want to colour in to relax and meditate before bed.
The main idea behind this app is to allow you a space to channel any anxieties or stress by being creative; it will not only help you relax but also give you a sense of accomplishment.
There are so many products on the market to help you sleep and it may be a case of just trying a few and seeing what works for you but we have chosen a few of the more general products that maybe you haven’t tried before or that you might want to retry.
- Blackout Curtains or Sleep Masks
These both have the same outcome in mind which is to make your sleeping environment as dark as possible for as long as possible.
Eye masks are a slightly cheaper solution to your light problem, and it also gives you the freedom to sleep wherever and whenever you want to because an eye mask is so portable.
Our brains associate darkness with sleep, so when it is completely dark in a room, or you’re wearing a sleep mask, it allows the brain to relax and zone out ready for sleep.
- Pillow Spray
There is quite a lot of speculation surrounding pillow sprays and herbal remedies to help you sleep, but there is actually research to back these pillow spray’s promises up.
Certain aromas create a physiological response in our bodies causing hormones such as melatonin to be produced. This hormone promotes a restful sleep so is an important aspect of getting a good night sleep.
Lavender, Chamomile, Clary Sage, and Marjoram are some of the best melatonin promoting scents so look out for sprays with these ingredients.
- Natural Bed Sheets
When we think of getting a better night’s sleep, we don’t always think about our bed sheets and the impact that they have on our sleep.
A large amount of bedding is made using synthesised fabrics which are usually treated with harsh chemicals and additives. This can lead to skin irritation or allergies to the sheets. Using organic materials such as linen can eliminate the irritation from your bedding so it will be easier for you to get comfy in bed.
Another benefit of linen sheets is its natural thermal qualities; this makes them ideal for sleeping conditions. Studies have shown that linen helps to regulate body temperature during hot or cold weather conditions.
It pays to invest in your bedding just like your mattress – you are investing in your sleep.