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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 February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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