Peaceful sleep is very important for human health. During the night, you need a minimum of 7 hours of sleep, and it is important that you always go to sleep at the same time. Of course, the quality of sleep is also important. Sleeping 10 hours every night means nothing if we wake up often or sleep on an uncomfortable mattress. Also, large meals, especially cheese, alcohol, and cigarettes, should be avoided before going to bed.
To emphasize the importance of quality sleep, we will remind you that poor sleep is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression, and a weakened immune system.
One way to improve your sleep is with applications specifically designed to help you sleep better or with which you will be able to analyze the quality of your sleep. That is why we have made a list of the top 3, in our opinion, the best free applications that will help you sleep better, available for Android and iOS.
Sleep Cycle is a free application for Android and iOS with which you can monitor and analyze the quality of your sleep. The app works by using the microphone of your smartphone to track the sounds and vibrations you produce during sleep and analyze them to determine what stage of sleep you are in. At the end of your sleep, based on these analyzes, Sleep Cycle will create a graph that will show you how much time you spent in each sleep phase, and in the Trends tab you will get an estimate of sleep quality, how many times you woke up, and you can even monitor and measure snoring.
A great option that the Sleep Cycle has is an alarm that determines the best moment to wake you up. All you have to do is set the alarm when you want to wake up, and the app will choose the best moment to wake you up within the 30-minute window that you set.
When you sleep, the best time to wake up is during the so-called light sleep. When you wake up during deep sleep, it takes the body more than an hour to fully wake up, and the consequence of this is a feeling of exhaustion and fatigue. If you awake during a light sleep phase you feel rested and full of energy. Sleep Cycle will analyze your sleep to assess when you are closest to light sleep and then it will wake you up.
The biggest drawback of this is that the alarm will sometimes wake you up 30 minutes before you set it up, but since this is the best time to wake up, this should be seen as an additional 30 minutes to peace drink coffee or better yet tea.
Android and iOS
Relax Melodies is a free application for Android and iOS that will help you fall asleep easier and get a good night’s rest. In addition to sleeping, you can use the application for relaxation, meditation, or as the ambient music during work.
It is very easy to use. Choose one of the relaxing sounds you can find in the app library, add a sound of nature, for example, the sound of rain, wind, or waves, and combine it all with a melody you can find inside the app or a song from your phone. This way you will get the perfect melody for sleeping.
In addition to the melodies you create yourself, you can also choose one of the melodies created by the users of the application. Given that Relax Melodies is used by more than 35 million users, there is a huge number of melodies on offer and we recommend that you try them out. We ourselves were surprised by the combinations of sounds that the users made and their effectiveness, so you should not lose sight of this aspect of the application.
Android and iOS
Relax & Sleep Well
Relax & Sleep Well is a free application for Android and iOS developed by the famous British hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold. The application focuses on overcoming anxiety and creating healthy sleeping habits.
Relax & Sleep Well offers four hypnotherapeutic recordings designed to relieve stress and induce quality sleep. Each recording contains sound effects that are chosen specifically for the frequency they produce that will help us relax. Glenn Harrold’s soothing voice, mixed with subtle sound effects, will put you in a calm and sleepy state, which helps you fall asleep better.
Relax & Sleep Well offers another 80 recordings, which you, unfortunately, have to buy and which focus on insomnia, increased self-esteem, weight loss, and anxiety. Honestly, we believe that the four recordings that are available for free are way too few, especially if we take into account that as many as 80 are available for purchase. But, judging by the user’s ratings, the application definitely has a positive effect on the mental health of the users, so we suggest you try the free version, and if you think it’s worth it, buy additional recordings.
Android and iOS