The Best Apps for a Better Night’s Sleep

If Halloween is over and you still see a lot of zombies walking around, we know why – Daylight Savings Time. This year Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on November 3. If this annual turning back of the clocks makes you feel like the living dead, we’ve rounded up four of the highest-rated apps to help you sleep like a baby. Whether you’re a regular insomniac or just need some help getting back on a schedule after the time change, these apps for a better night’s sleep have something for everyone.

*All of the apps profiled below have free and paid versions and work on both iOS and Android systems.

#1 Headspace (www.headspace.com)

Marketed mainly as a meditation app, Headspace is also an excellent apps for a better night’s sleep. Headspace “sleepcasts” are 45-minute audio experiences that guide you through soothing visualizations such as walking through a garden in the moonlight for a calming experience.

#2 Pzizz (www.pzizz.com)

“Better sleep through science” is the theme behind this app for a better night’s sleep.  Pzizz uses psychoacoustic principles to create dreamscapes that help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. That’s fancy talk for meditations that use a variety of sounds from nature, music and voice to create a perfect state of relaxation.

#3 Calm (www.calm.com)

Named Apple’s “App of the Year” in 2017 and Google “Editors’ Choice” for 2018,  Calm is one of the most popular apps recognized for its exceptional range of meditations, sounds and experiences that soothe your mind any time of day – but especially right before bed. Sessions from short to longer lengths can be chosen, there’s a wide variety of programs, sounds of nature and voices, and even images of soothing nature scenes all combine to help you find your Zen. Just be sure to plug in your phone if you’re going to leave it on all night or you might wake up to a dead battery.

#4 White Noise (www.tmsoft.com/white-noise/)

Recommended by the American Sleep Association, the White Noise app brings an old-school idea to your smartphone with simple sounds that soothe newborns, traveling adults, insomniacs and everyone with classic sounds like ocean waves, crackling fires, and gentle rain and thunder. Other sounds that might appeal include city traffic, guitar strumming, violins and bird song.

Kristy CooperThe Best Apps for a Better Night’s Sleep