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5 iPhone Apps That Will Help You Sleep Tonight

5 iPhone Apps That Will Help You Sleep Tonight

Have you ever had trouble falling asleep at night? Do you often find your mind racing as you lie down in your bed, unable to relax? Me too.

But don’t worry, I’ve got some good news for you. There are some great mobile apps that can help you to get a better night’s sleep all night every night.

To help you get to sleep, I have compiled a list of my favorite iPhone apps that will help make insomnia a thing of the past and usher you into dreamland quickly and easily.

1. Slumber

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    Slumber is the best sleep app I’ve ever used, helping me fall asleep in under 20 minutes every single time I use it. The app offers a huge collection of sleep meditations and bedtime stories that help calm your mind, allowing you to fall asleep effortlessly. The app has also been designed for use at bedtime with a dark UI that won’t wake you up.

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    Behind the main meditation track, there is a customizable white noise machine that plays in the background, creating a relaxing ambiance with nature sounds and calming music. The app also allows you to “Delay the Ending”, which continues the background effects for as long as you want. Whenever I’m sleeping in a noisy environment, I’ll delay the ending for 8 hours to ensure that the 5 am dump truck doesn’t wake me up every morning.

    My favorite part though is that, unlike other sleep apps, Slumber adds new tracks each week, giving you something new to listen to every night.

    Download it here.

    2. Pzizz


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      This app promises to help you fall asleep and wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated by using binaural beats and other “psychoacoustic principles”.

      With Pzizz, you tell the app how long you want to sleep and it automatically comes up with dreamscapes that help induce sleep and help you to stay asleep throughout the night. You can also use it for quick naps as well.

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      I used to use this app exclusively for a few months, but a recent update has made it a bit expensive, with a subscription fee of $4.99 a month. But, if you don’t mind the price, the simplicity of the app is wonderful. Push a button and fall asleep. It’s as simple as that.

      Download it here.

      3. Relax Melodies


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        If you don’t require meditations or narratives to calm your mind before bed, a simple white noise machine may be all you need to get a good night’s sleep. Relax Melodies, in my opinion , is the best of the noise machine apps, offering over 50 different sounds to mix and match to create your perfect sleepy soundscape.

        All you have to do is lie back, listen to the sounds, and drift off into a peaceful sleep. You can also use this app for any other relaxing situations, like doing yoga, meditating, or just blocking out the sounds of your neighbor’s vocal pups.

        Download it here.

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        4. Overcast.fm


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          While this isn’t exactly a sleep app, I often use Overcast to help me fall asleep. How? All you need to do is subscribe to the right podcast! A few of my favorites podcasts for sleep include the popular Sleep With Me, as well as Miette’s Bedtime Stories.

          Be careful trying to fall asleep to other podcasts though. Often times, I’ll fall asleep just to be woken up at the end of the episode when the loud credit’s music starts playing. Such an action can prove to be counterproductive when you’re trying to fall asleep and will cause you to have to start all over again.

          Overcast also has a Dark Mode option in the settings, so make sure to turn that on so you don’t disrupt your melatonin production with a bright screen right before bed.

          Download it here.

          5. Sleepio

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            A team of experts in sleep science and cognitive behavioral therapy from around the world are the masterminds behind Sleepio.

            The app can help you learn how to understand how your lifestyle and environment affect your ability to sleep. With their help, you learn how to master cognitive techniques that are specifically tailored for you, to help with your particular sleep issues. The Sleepio program will also help you to build a personalized, 24-hour schedule that includes the amount of sleep you need each night in order to feel rested and have energy throughout the day.

            More like therapy than a simple app, Sleepio is recommended for those with serious sleep issues.

            Download it here.

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            Last Updated on October 16, 2019

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                  Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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