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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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            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

            Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

            Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

            Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

            1. Lumosity

            This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

            Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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              2. Fit Brains Trainer

              This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

              Free.

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                3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                  4. Brain Fitness Pro

                  The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                  Buy for $3.99.

                  5. Happify

                  If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                  Free to use.

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                    6. Clockwork Brain

                    You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                    Free.

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                      7. ReliefLink

                      Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                        8. Eidetic

                        Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                          9. Braingle

                          Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                          Free.

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                            10. Not The Hole Story

                            If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                            Free.

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                              11. Personal Zen

                              This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                              Free.

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