These seven sleep apps, aids, and tools can help you to fast asleep.

Sleep is directly related to our resilience to illness and our ability to recover from physical and mental stress. Getting a full night of rest is one of the best ways to transition into a better headspace. It’s no secret how fragile every aspect of sleep is, and we get inundated with advice on what pillow, alarm clock, white noise machine, sleep aids, and which binaural beats will let us sleep better.

We know the frustrations that come when we don’t get enough sleep, wake up throughout the night, ride the snooze button train all morning, deal with the snores of a loved one, and generally just don’t log enough sleep time. Serious fatigue makes everything harder.

There are so many sleep apps, stress management tools, sleep trackers and sleep tracking apps, and smart alarms, that at the end of the day, when all we need is sleep, the last thing we want to do is scan our phones to find a tool to fall asleep fast. To learn more about how this affects our sleep cycles, head to this sleep cycle blog post.

Note, none of these brands are paying for this content, these are just my recommendations. We all gravitate towards different solutions, so I suggest perusing a few free solutions first, and see what works for you!

1. Oura Ring

Oura Ring is a biometric and sleep tracking device worn on your finger. You can gauge your quality sleep through sleep graphs, understanding your sleep stages, and where you’re getting your lightest sleep. Oura has a one-time cost of $299, and you can choose between a few different models, and the app is compatible with Android or Apple/iOS.

2. Thunderspace

Are you a fan of nature sounds and sleep sounds? Thunderspace houses rain and thunder sounds recorded by Emmy-award winning Gordon Hempton.  You can purchase different tracks on Thunderspace for as low as $4.99, and again, is compatible with Android and iPhone.

3. Qualia Night

Wake up refreshed and enhance your body’s ability to regenerate after a night of sleep, we like the sounds of that. Qualia Night is non-sedative, and this formula gives your body what it needs to have a relaxing evening and deep rejuvenating sleep. When your body repairs fully at night you feel more energetic, focused, healthy and resilient. Wake up feeling recharged and refreshed, and try your first month for $39.50.

4. Waking Up

Waking Up is an app loved by many for its attention not only to the practice of meditation, but the theory behind it as it was founded by a neuroscientist and philosopher, Sam Harris. Sam Harris’s calm and soothing voice walks you through guided meditations as well as educational sessions that ground your experience in the ‘why’, not only the ‘how’ for a better wake up. The downside – it’s not free. Waking Up subscriptions cost $99/year after a free trial period and available on Android or iPhone.

5. Calm

Calm (available for Android or Apple) is one of the most popular meditation apps and sleep apps on the market – for good reason. Soothing sounds, guided meditations, relaxing sound effects, and you’ll sleep well in no time. At $12.99 a month (with a free trial — just head to your app store), Calm is a great way to dip your toes into guided meditations as you drift off into a deep sleep — and we recommend trying it on your apple watch if you have one!

6. NuCalm

While NuCalm isn’t intended explicitly for nighttime sleep, it helps with intense rapid relaxation and is great for power naps. NuCalm is not cheap, but they recently switched to a more accessible subscription model, costing $39/mo. Which begs the question… what is the cost of deep sleep?

7. Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is an app that tracks your sleep patterns to help you wake up without a conventional alarm clock — think of Sleep Cycle as a smart alarm clock. The app helps better understand your sleep cycles for a restful sleep and not-so-painful wake-up. Sleep Cycle rings in at $29.99 for the year.

Hav e fun in trying them and first of all enjoy your better sleep !

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