Sleeping pills, cassette tapes and counting sheep are outdated methods of falling asleep. In the 21st century, there are apps for helping people get a full night of sleep. All of these apps are cool, serve different functions and most of them are free.
Here are nine of the best apps on the market to help you sleep like you've never slept before:
1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
This intelligent alarm clock tracks your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep cycle.
2. Digital Trips: Sleep
This app, geared at helping people fall asleep faster, includes binaural beats and helps you have a lucid dream.
It turns out that exposure to blue light — from tablets and smartphones — can inhibit your ability to fall asleep. This app harmonizes your screen to the time of day to helps you sleep better.
4. Sleep Fan
Some people who need the sound of a fan to help them sleep lack an actual fan. That's why there is an impressive app that simulates fan noises to help you sleep.
5. Sleep Ambience
If you're looking for a white noise app for sleeping, this might be what you're looking for. Examples of audio on the app includes the soothing sound of a river and the beautiful songs of birds.
6. Sleep Well
Getting a deep sleep while relaxing can be tough for some people. An app that has voice-guided lessons can help you relax and get the sleep that you need.
7. Baby Sleep Instant
This is an app that helps babies fall asleep quicker. The app includes low-frequency sounds that are soothing to babies and you can record a lullaby.
8. Sleep Calculator
This is more than just an alarm app. It calculates how much sleep you should get and when to wake up, in order to feel rested in the morning.
9. Super Sleep Sheep Count
The digital version of counting sheep is here. The app includes relaxing music and cool graphics.
Cover image via iStock