Sleep deprivation is linked to weight gain, depression, lower immune system health, and high blood pressure, and is taking its toll on about 45% of people across the globe. In fact, almost 9 million Americans take medications or prescriptions to aid sleep.
When one-third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, people are looking to technology and sleep apps for help, too.
Although it’s a common best practice and recommendation to power down all electronic devices before bed, sleep apps are a great exception to the rule for people who have trouble sleeping.
Sleep apps are easy, accessible anywhere and anytime. They can help with tracking sleep patterns, sleep analysis, and preparing the mind for sleep, to ultimately promote better and healthier sleep.
Sleep apps generally fall into several categories and focus on aiding a function of sleep. Our guide will walk you through the different apps for the following categories:
- Sleep tracker and alarm clock apps
- Sleep sounds apps
- Sleep aid apps to help with insomnia and sleep disorders
- Relaxing and calming brain game apps
- Snoring apps
- Apps for night reading
- Sleep apps and tools
- Dream awareness apps
- Nap apps
- Baby and children sleep apps
The different sleep applications can be found on smartphones by searching through the phone’s app store. For Apple phones with an iOS operating system, apps can be downloaded and purchased through the Apple Store, and apps for Android phones can be downloaded and purchased through the Google Play store. Many apps are available for each platform (iOS or Google Play) and some are available on both platforms.
The apps in this guide were selected based on their excellent technology and functionality, positive reviews, and high ratings in App Stores. Plus, many of these apps have been recommended by sources like Business Insider, Mashable.com, The Better Sleep Council, the American Sleep Association, and featured by CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR.
Sleep tracker and alarm clock apps
Sleep Cycle tracks sleep patterns and wakes the sleeper up during a set window of time by detecting movement during the lightest part of the sleep cycle. This technology helps the sleeper wake up feeling refreshed and not groggy. The app also features a smart alarm clock, sleep sounds, and a sleep journal.
SleepBot tracks sleep patterns to help sleepers wake up during the optimal part of the REM cycle, and offers detailed sound and motion graphs for sleep analysis. It also records sounds and detects snoring and breathing issues, and features a smart alarm clock, sleep counter, and sleep debt log. The app also disables phone alerts by putting the device in airplane mode.
3. MotionX 24/7
MotionX 24/7 monitors and analyzes sleep by measuring movement and recording sound while a smartphone is placed under the pillow or mattress during sleep. The app’s smart alarm clock wakes sleepers up within a 30-minute window during the lightest sleep phase. It’s not only a sleep app — it also tracks activity during the day, and includes a pedometer, notifications to encourage activity, and heart rate recognition.
4. Absalt EasyWakeup PRO
iOS: $9.99 (Classic version $4.99)
EasyWakeup PRO is a smart alarm clock that wakes sleepers up gently during the lightest part of the sleep cycle, so they wake up feeling refreshed. The app senses body movement and includes graphs and charts for analyzing sleep patterns and mood. It also includes a sleep/dream journal and a countdown mode feature that allows users to set the preferred number of hours asleep.
Sleeplife, developed by the National Sleep Foundation, is an app that can work manually or with wearable devices to track sleep. The app presents visuals of sleep patterns to help users understand their personal sleep data. Sleeplife also offers tips for sleep dos and don’ts, and includes information on sleep habits of others across the country for sleep data comparison.
Sleepyti.me is an app and a website available for any browser, that calculates the best time to go to sleep in order to wake up during the preferred time and during the lightest phase of the sleep cycle. It calculates recommended bedtimes by counting backwards in sleep cycles as opposed to hours, minutes, or other time segments. Sleepyti.me suggests several bed times for optimal and healthy sleep based on sleep cycles.
iOS: Free or $4.99 for premium
Pillow, an app available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, is a sleep tracker that uses an advanced sleep analysis algorithm based on sleep research. The app detects both motion and sound, and wakes sleepers up during the lightest sleep phase. It also offers heart rate data for each sleep session, sleep sound recording, and a nap mode for optimal napping.
Sleep Time is a smart alarm clock app that works by detecting movement during the night and waking sleepers up during the lightest sleep phase. It is very easy to read and includes a sleep sound feature that helps sleepers fall asleep to music and white noise. Sleepers can activate the alarm with one gesture, choose from 20 alarms, and analyze sleep with Sleep Lab charts and graphs.
9. Smart Alarm
Smart Alarm Clock is a sleep tracker and smart alarm clock app that tracks movement and sound, allowing users to play back and analyze sounds. The app also interfaces with the personal smartphone music library. Smart Alarm Clock works in 4 simple steps: select a wake-up time range; listen to sleep sounds; place phone next to pillow; and wake up to data and sound recordings.
Sleep Better is a sleep monitoring app that focuses on sleep quality, and works even when a smartphone is placed in airplane mode. Users can track caffeine and alcohol consumption, stress, exercise, and other variables that impact sleep. Sleep Better also tracks sleep cycles, moon phases, and includes a dream diary. The full version includes an advanced smart alarm clock with a personalized wake-up window, sleep history, and sleep sounds.
11. MobileSleepDoc Pro
MobileSleepDoc is an app that was developed by a sleep specialist and serves as a personal sleep coach. The app tracks sleep habits and helps users understand sleep problems and patterns. MobileSleepDoc includes a sleep log and gives users reports for the day, week, and month. Sleepers can also access sleep totem animals and sleep sounds through the app.
12. Sleep Time zZz
Sleep Time zZz is a smart alarm clock and sleep tracker that reminds users to go to bed with bedtime reminders, and wakes sleepers during the lightest sleep state. The app motivates users to get up with inspirational quotes, and features a sleep calculator that helps users find the best wake-up time based on bedtime. Users can also set their personal amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
13. Alarm Tunes
Alarm Tunes is a fully customizable music alarm clock. Users can create unlimited alarms with customized playlists from personal music libraries for each alarm, with snooze, music playlist shuffle, and fade-in volume options. The app will also alert users when it isn’t running, to remind users to activate the alarm. Alarm Tunes also provides a local weather update upon wake-up.
Alarmy (Sleep if U Can) is an alarm clock app that features several modes that encourage users to take an action to wake up. The photo mode function requires users to take a photo of a specific place or thing to turn off the alarm. Similarly, the shake mode tasks users with turning off the alarm by shaking the phone, and the math problem mode asks users to solve math problems in order to turn off the alarm.
Alarm Clock Free and Alarm Clock Pro are simple digital alarm clock apps with a display that resembles a classic bedside alarm clock. Both the free and Pro versions have a shake-to-snooze feature that allows users to snooze without unlocking the phone screen or entering a password. Alarm Clock Free also displays live, local weather information. The Pro version offers personal playlist alarm options and 11 built-in alarm sounds. Music and sound volume is adjustable and snooze time is customizable, too. The app also includes a sleep timer that users can set for falling asleep to music playlists, audiobooks, or podcasts. A bonus feature: the app activates a flashlight when a user shakes the phone.
16. Clock for Android
Google Play: Free
4.1/5 (Google Play)
Clock for Android is the standard alarm app for Android devices. Clock combines alarms, timers, and a stopwatch into one app. The app also allows users to watch and keep track of time all around the world with the World Clock feature. The app can also be paired with Android Wear devices.
17. Clock for iPhone
This built-in app for iPhone is automatically included on iPhone and Apple devices. The app features World Clock, Alarm, and Bedtime functions. Users can create multiple alarms and choose from many alarm sounds, including songs from the iTunes library. The Bedtime feature allows users to set a bedtime to stay on a consistent sleep schedule, features additional wake-up sounds, and sleep stats to keep track your sleep history.
18. Carrot Alarm
Carrot Alarm is a talking alarm clock that features a witty and pleasant personality (Carrot) that helps sleepers wake up. The alarm can be set with one simple swipe and drag function, and wakes sleepers up with a mix of songs and funny spoken dialogue. Carrot even bribes sleepers with ice cream and asks them to complete bizarre tasks in exchange for unlocking app upgrades, bedtime stories, and new songs.
19. Alarm Clock Xtreme Free
Google Play: Free
4.5/5 (Google Play)
Alarm Clock Xtreme Free is an alarm clock and sleep tracker app that helps prevent repeated snoozing by encouraging sleepers to press an extremely large snooze button instead of the dismiss button. The alarm also tasks sleepers with solving math problems to encourage wake-up, and includes a timer, stopwatch, nap alarm, and music options for gentle volume control and random song play.
20. Quick Alarm: Nightstand Clock
Quick Alarm: Nightstand Clock is an app that works even when the screen is locked and alerts users when the app is not running. The interface is full screen – no matter the size of the device – and offers both black and white clock face options with customizable brightness. Alarm sounds include 12 options, plus holiday songs.
21. Alarm Clock by doubleTwist
Google Play: $1.99
4.4/5 (Google Play)
Alarm Clock by doubleTwist has two alarm clock modes – flip clock or analog clock – that can both be dimmed. The app includes four modes: time, sleep cycle, quick nap, or sunrise. Sleep cycle helps users wake up at the best time based on his or her sleep cycle. The app allows for multiple alarms and recurring alarms, with built-in alarm sounds, ringtones, or songs from personal playlists.
SpinMe Alarm Clock is an alarm clock app that requires users to take physical actions to turn off the alarm, which is ideal for heavy sleepers. To turn the alarm off, users have to place thumbs on the indicated place on the phone screen and spin or turn around twice to disable the alarm. The app also incorporates music during the alarm spin function.
23. Wake Alarm Clock
Wake Alarm Clock has a simple design and works intuitively with three alarm styles that require different gestures. Users can choose from slap and flip; shake; or swipe. Slap and flip includes a snooze function, while shake mode is ideal for deep sleepers and swipe is ideal for those who like a basic alarm. The alarm features built-in iTunes library music, too.
24. Wake N Shake Alarm Clock
Wake N Shake Alarm Clock requires users to shake their device for a certain amount of time until the alarm turns off. There is no snooze button built into this alarm clock, and volume adjustment is not allowed either. Wake N Shake also includes a nap feature, sleep sounds, and shake statistics to earn rewards and compete with friends.
Wave Alarm Clock is known for its motion control functionality. The alarm works based on movement detection, instead of touch, with the front smartphone camera. Users can wave a hand over the device to snooze or silence the alarm. The app also features real-time weather updates, brightness control, alarm sounds, music library options, and a gentle alarm wake-up feature.
26. Sleep As Android
Google Play: free or $4.49 to unlock advanced
4.3/5 (Google Play)
Sleep as Android tracks sleep cycles, records sleep sounds to detect sleep issues such as sleep apnea, and wakes sleepers up gently. The app tracks stats on sleep deficit, deep sleep, and snoring. Sleep as Android has nature sound lullabies and binaural tones and integrates with Spotify for music. The app includes a CAPTCHA and puzzle alarm functions that help sleepers wake up with an activity to prevent oversleeping.
The app can be used with Android phones and other wearable sensors, like Pebble, Android Wear, or Galaxy Gear devices. Users can share sleep updates on social media, too.
Sleep Genius helps sleepers ease into sleep with music and soothing sounds, and then wakes sleepers up gradually with a 5-minute wake-up cycle. The app offers 4 sleep programs, plus a relaxation program that helps manage anxiety and stress and prepares the body and mind for sleep. Sleep Genius guides the brain through each phase of the sleep cycle and was developed by experts to help NASA astronauts sleep.
Good Morning Alarm Clock is focused on helping sleepers wake up feeling rested. The app technology identifies the optimal wake-up time based on body movements and creates a 30-minute window before wake-up during the lightest sleep phase. Each morning, the app features the last night’s sleep stats and aggregates weekly data. Good Morning Alarm Clock also includes reminders, relaxing sleep sounds, gentle alarm wake-up, reminders, and sleep tips.
29. I Can’t Wake Up Alarm Clock
Google Play: Free
4.5/5 (Google Play)
I Can’t Wake Up Alarm Clock features 8 different wake up tasks to be completed before the alarm is disabled. Tasks include: math, memory, order, repeat, barcode, rewrite, shake, and match. The app allows sleepers to test the different methods without using the alarm. This app also features an awake test that challenges sleepers with a second alarm a few minutes after disabling the first alarm to ensure they are awake.
30. Timely Alarm Clock
Google Play: Free
4.4/5 (Google Play)
Timely Alarm Clock is a comprehensive alarm tool with high-quality color themes that allows users to manage their alarms across all devices at once. The app intuitively reduces the intensity of the alarm and lowers volume as users lift the phone up, and it snoozes the alarm with a simple turn of the phone. Timely also includes a stopwatch for countdown.
Sleep sounds apps
Relax Melodies features more than 50 free sounds and melodies, guided meditation, and brainwave beats to help sleepers relax before bed. The app includes several programs that take sleepers down different paths: light sleep, stress and anxiety, dream, and deep sleep. Users can also create custom sound mixes and the app will work in the background as other apps are being used.
Pzizz is a sleep app that combines music, binaural beats, guided meditation, and sound effects to help users relax. With patented algorithms, the app plays a mix of sounds to quiet the mind that are unique every time the user hits “start.” To use the app, sleepers can select nap or sleep and a time they want to wake up. A soundtrack will start and then a built-in alarm will wake sleepers up.
White Noise Free and White Noise Pro are white noise and alarm apps that allows users to play looped soundtracks and set gentle alarm sounds. The white noise drowns out noises outside of the room, and there are 40 sounds to choose from, including dishwashing machine, plane engine, rushing water, and rain. The Pro version has even more sounds to choose from and includes a more advanced alarm with snooze options, playlist looping, and timer system that gradually fades the sounds in and out for smooth and gentle wake-up. These sounds help relax sleepers by blocking distractions and reducing stress.
Sleepmaker Rain features 20 soundtracks of rainfall ranging from gentle, medium, and heavy. All rain sound clips are real recordings of rain falling in Australia and are looped for seamless play. The app can be used with or without earbuds, depending on the setting, and can be set with a timer to adjust the length of play.
35. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
Google Play: Free
4.3/5 (Google Play)
Nature Sounds Relax & Sleep features only natural and soothing music that encourages sleepers to relax and offers stress and anxiety relief. Sounds include thunder, ocean, sea, birds, rain, jungle, water, and waterfall. The app includes a sleep timer for customized play time, and a beautiful image for each nature sound.
Relax Melodies Oriental features more than 100 relaxing sounds, ambient sounds, binaural beats, and white noise for helping sleepers relax before bed. The app allows users to create a custom ambiance by choosing different sounds to create a soundtrack. Relax Melodies Oriental has 4 soundtracks that are preset for easy start-up, and volume can be adjusted for each sound on the custom soundtracks. The app also includes a timer and alarm clock.
aSleep is a simple sleep sound app that can be set up in three quick steps. Users select a sound, set a timer and alarm, and start the clock. There are 65 high-quality sounds available in several categories: nature, life, noise, instruments, sounds, and lullabies. aSleep can function in the background as other apps are running, and the sound volume and play speed is adjustable.
38. Rain Sounds – Sleep & Relax
Google Play: Free
4.7/5 (Google Play)
Rain Sounds – Sleep & Relax has a library of 12 different and high-quality rain sounds that can be customized along with optional piano tracks. Users can also set a timer so the app automatically turns off after the play time ends. Some rain sounds include perfect storm, evening lake, rain on roof, clam beach, thunderstorm, ocean rain, and rain on leaves.
Ambiance is known for enhancing any environment with its 2,500 sounds. Users can create unlimited and customized sound mixes, listen to playlists, record new sounds, and use the app’s alarm function to fall asleep and wake up to relaxing sounds. The app includes a shuffle feature and custom volume control, too.
Sleep Pillow: Sleep Sounds has up to 300,000 high-quality sound mix combinations of sounds found in nature and everyday life. The app has a sleep timer that fades sounds out and an alarm clock that fades sounds in, and can run when the device is locked. Users can create a favorites playlist from sounds including light rain, ceiling fan, hair dryer, chimes, and lake birds.
41. Sweet Sleep for Relaxing Sleep
Google Play: Free
4.6/5 (Google Play)
Sweet Sleep for Relaxing Sleep includes 30 types of natural sounds and 26 songs with beautiful melodies. The app is easy to use with 3 simple steps: select favorite music and sounds; set the play time; and fall asleep. Users can preset the time for each kind of sound or song.
Rain Rain Sleep Sounds includes 25 sounds with seamless audio and a sleep timer that fades sounds out after the preferred amount of time. Sleepers can combine any sounds and set up custom mixes to create different playlists. Rain sounds are available in several categories: rain, storms, water, nature, transportation, and appliances.
43. Relaxing Nature Sounds and SPA Music
Relaxing Nature Sounds and SPA Music includes 35 relaxing sounds that can be combined to make different playlists or used on their own. Sleepers can create custom sound mixes, customize volume on each sound, and save mixes for later use. The app can be used wirelessly via Airplay for Apple. It also features a night timer and alarm with a snooze feature, and beautiful pictures of nature scenes with a built-in slideshow function.
44. Sleep Machine Lite
Sleep Machine Lite is a sleep sounds app with 7 preset favorite sound mixes and wireless capability. The app has a digital clock display with adjustable brightness, and includes 10 ambient sounds, ambient music, and several ambient alarm sounds. The app’s sleep timer automatically fades audio out and plays sounds and mixes seamlessly.
Headspace is a guided meditation app that focuses on training users to train the mind to relax, resulting in better emotional balance, less stress, and healthier sleep. The app takes users through guided or unguided meditations that are from 2 to 60 minutes. It also includes a buddy system feature, so users can track progress and interact with and motivate friends. Headspace meditation sessions can also be downloaded for offline use.
46. Rain Sounds HQ
Rain Sounds HQ features more than 70 natural sounds that were recorded in locations all over the world. Bonus sounds are added each month, and the app plays high-definition images from across the globe along with each sound. Up to 6 natural sounds can be mixed and blended together to create custom sounds. Rain Sounds HQ also offers a sleep timer with a simple one-tap setting.
47. Thunderspace 5k
Thunderspace 5k is a 3D audio sleep sounds app that features realistic and high-quality thunderstorms for relaxation. The app’s audio is biomimetic, and reproduces the sound as if the sleeper was there experiencing the storm coming in, rain falling, and lightening striking. The app includes two thunderstorms and the phone’s flash function mimics the storm’s lightning. The app is meant to be listened to with headphones.
Sleep aid apps to help with insomnia and sleep disorders
Relax & Sleep Well is known for helping people with addiction, stress, anxiety, sleep issues, and insomnia. The app guides sleepers through the process of getting into a deep state of relaxation before sleep. There are a number of free tracks and more can be unlocked with the app upgrade. Each hypnosis track includes background sounds in different frequencies and keys to help promote relaxation.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson is a guided meditation app that encourages relaxation and can help with insomnia. The app focuses on helping sleepers unwind and fall deeply asleep by guiding them with a gentle voice through a meditation that focuses on a certain topic. Users can set the length of the session and can customize how many therapy sessions they want to play.
50. To Bed
To Bed is an app that can help people, especially those with ADD and ADHD, go to bed and be more disciplined about their personal routine and sleep cycle. Sleepers input age and wake-up times to set reminders when it is time to start preparing for bed. The app includes a vacation mode for when sleepers are not going to bed at a normal time or waking up during regular times.
Breathe2Relax, an app developed by The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, aims to teach users to manage stress and anxiety through diaphragmatic breathing. The app guides sleepers through instructions and practice exercises to help with relaxation and stress reduction before sleep, or at any time during the day.
Recolor is a meditative adult coloring book app that can help with anxiety and insomnia, by offering sleepers a relaxing and peaceful activity that helps calm the mind. The colors used are fresh and harmonic to encourage rest and the pictures are peaceful and include mandalas, flowers, animals, and more. There are subscriptions available that offer additional pictures.
Pigment is a coloring book app that resembles the action of coloring on paper. There are 11 different kinds of pencils, brushes, and markers, and a large collection of 350 drawn illustrations to color. Users can choose from an unlimited color palette. The app provides a peaceful activity to help quiet the mind and promote peace before bedtime, especially for those with anxiety or insomnia.
Digipill is a self-help app that aims to help people with insomnia, stress, and other daily challenges. The app uses a combination of psychoacoustics and neuro-linguistic programming to help people change mood, behavior, and perceptions. Users can download a pill for different circumstances (prescriptions) and are encouraged to remove all distractions and listen with headphones. For example, the sleep deeply pill is prescribed for a night of deep sleep.
Yoga for Insomnia features yoga poses and breathing for people with insomnia and sleep issues, to help them calm the mind and body before bed. The app shows high-resolution graphics and instructs users how to do each pose, including diamond pose, upper diamond pose, shoulder stand, bridge, and alternate nostril breathing. Users can select the difficulty level and are encouraged to do the exercises at consistent times.
Harmony is a sleep inducing self-help app designed to enhance relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress through a soothing voice, mild hypnosis, and focused breathing. The app contains three hypnosis meditation sessions. The app includes several hypnosis techniques called Dual Vocal Delivery, which taps into the unconscious mind, and Brainwave Entrainment, which focuses on rhythm and the brain’s electrical impulses. Harmony also offers a subscription service to unlock more sessions.
Daily Yoga is a yoga app with more than 100 yoga and meditation classes for all levels, and a 500-pose library with how-to instructions. The app features several sleep-specific programs to help promote better sleep: A Week’s Good Night Sleep, Yoga for Better Sleep, and Calming Your Mind programs. There are paid subscriptions available to unlock more features.
Penzu is a journal, diary, and notepad app for unlimited journaling, with a built-in security feature. Journaling can be used to help calm the mind and help people with sleep issues to document sleep cycle information, dreams, and more. The app is free and can sync to the web and other mobile platforms.
Massage Map 3D is an app based on acupressure, a form of massage that focuses on the body’s acupuncture points to help relieve pain and help with daily challenges. Users can learn which acupressure points can help with stress, insomnia, anxiety, sleep, and relaxation, and can learn how to access those points on the body with a 3D human body displayed on the app. The app gives professional instructions on locating the pressure points and performing acupressure.
Calm offers meditation sessions in increments of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25-minute sessions. The meditation sessions aim to help users calm the mind and enjoy more restful sleep. Meditation session topics include calming anxiety, deep sleep, and managing stress, among others. The app also features sleep stories, breathing exercises, unguided meditation, and more than 25 soothing nature sounds.
61. Alarm Clock Sleep Sounds Free: Guided Meditation for Relaxation Cycle, Hypnosis and Insomnia
Alarm Clock Sleep Sounds Free: Guided Meditation for Relaxation Cycle, Hypnosis and Insomnia is an app that was designed to help with falling asleep and waking up. The app includes guided meditations, sleep programs, brainwave beats and tones that can be used without headphones, custom alarm settings and sounds, and wake-up programs. Sleepers can choose from several sleep programs including meditation, direct sleep, deep sleep, and deep relaxation, and wake-up programs like energized mind, calm, morning relaxation, and concentration.
Simple Habit is a meditation app was designed by a Harvard psychologist for busy people who experience stress and sleep issues. The app is free with a 30-day trial, and has unlimited subscriptions available, and features guided meditations for sleep, stress, depression, and other issues. Users can track progress with the app’s Mindful Minutes feature.
Simply Being is a simple app that offers meditation, especially for those who are new to the practice and looking for a way to relax and destress. The app includes five meditations to choose from in 5, 10, 15, 20, or 30-minute segments, and users can select the nature sounds to play during the sessions. The app’s nature sounds can also be listened to independently of the sessions.
64. Sleep Hypnosis
Google Play: Free
3.7/5 (Google Play)
Sleep Hypnosis offers self-hypnosis practice and suggestions for getting into a relaxed state of mind and body before sleep. The Sleep Sounds session, plus other programs, can help with a variety of issues and sleep. The app also includes Theta Wave Technology, binaural beats, and subliminal technology to encourage full relaxation. The app does suggest to use headphones for best results.
I Love Panic Attacks is an app that was created specifically for people with panic or anxiety attacks to help them find relaxation. The app includes a guided relaxation session, relaxing sounds, and audio tips for dealing with a panic or anxiety attack. I Love Panic Attacks focuses on relaxation being a strong medicine for different kinds of anxiety and phobias, and for better and healthier sleep.
Relaxing and calming brain game apps
The Brain Yoga Brain Training Game app aims to help sleepers destress and relax the brain before bedtime through a series of different kinds of puzzles. Puzzle games are focused on memory, vocabulary, spatial ability, numeracy, and pattern matching. There are 11 kinds of puzzles to choose from, and relaxing music plays in the background to help users relax before bed.
Viridi is a relaxing and zen-like game app focused on nurturing plants that grow in real time. Users can select a plant assortment, learn about the different succulent plants, and water and maintain the garden to keep it alive and thriving. The game is designed to be calming, and would be ideal for a bedtime routine to relax the mind before sleep.
Zen Koi is an app that supports an intuitive and soothing game with Koi fish. Users can grow, breed, and collect different kinds of colorful Koi fish and guide them to feed, grow, mate, and create new and rare patterned breeds. The game inspires relaxation in a calming atmosphere with a meditative soundtrack, especially ideal for bedtime.
69. Snore Report
Snore Report, which can also be used with the FitBit devices, monitors snoring and offers a daily overview with a recording from the previous night of sleep. Through a dynamic snore detection algorithm, the app detects snoring and analyzes sound frequencies to recognize patterns. Sleepers can playback the audio and rate the intensity of snoring. The app can help users determine if they need further assistance based on analyzing the factors that impact snoring.
SnoreLab offers snore measurement, tracking, and recording, and was designed to help people treat and reduce snoring. Users can set the phone next to the bed and allow the app to record snoring and sleep cycle information. The app’s reports include a snoring intensity score, sleep stats, and information about snoring remedies. The app is free for several sessions and has an upgrade for continued use.
71. Sleep Talk & Snoring Recorder
Sleep Talk & Snoring Recorder was designed to record sleep talking and snoring when the noise exceeds a certain level. The sound sensitivity level can be adjusted based on the type of room conditions. The app reports noises in the room during the night, as well as a history of recordings, and the audio and history reports can be exported.
72. Sleep Talk Recorder
Google Play: Free
3.5/5 (Google Play)
Sleep Talk Recorder monitors sleep and records sleep talking, snoring, and other sounds that sleepers make during the night. The app can be customized with sound sensitivity settings and will store recordings and sorts them on a timeline. Sleepers can also select recordings and add them to a favorites list.
SnoreClock records all noise and snoring for up to 11 hours during sleep. A sleeper can use the app to check if he or she or a partner is sleep talking or snoring during the night. The app displays data on graphs and indicates when snoring and talking occurred. The app will stop recording if the smartphone reaches a low battery level.
Apps for night reading
74. Night Screen
Google Play: Free
4.75/5 (Google Play)
Night Screen is an app that enables a blue filter that blocks negative blue light, which can keep sleepers up at night, by applying an overlay filter that dims the screen. The app, which can help prevent headaches and eye pain at night, will automatically set a default brightness to minimum and reset default brightness after the app is disabled.
Google Play: Free
4.75/5 (Google Play)
Twilight was developed to help sleepers prevent blue light from keeping them up before bed and to provide a solution for bed reading that doesn’t hurt the eyes at night. The app’s technology adjusts the screen to the specific time of day based on the sun, sunset, and sunrise cycles.
Sleep apps and tools
Some sleep apps use microphones, cameras, and motion sensors to monitor sleep activity. Others use light and temperature sensors and are used in conjunction with or connected to wearable sensors attached to the body or placed by the bed.
Here are some sleep devices and apps that are used together:
UP by Jawbone can be used with Jawbone devices and is a comprehensive health app that automatically tracks all functions of sleep. The app includes a smart alarm clock, sleep cycle analysis, pedometer, calorie counter, inactivity notifications, and a power nap feature. The app helps sleepers wake up gently with vibration at an optimal time based on the individual sleep cycle.
The Fitbit One app can be used along with Fitbit wearable devices. It will automatically monitor sleep and tracks how many times a sleeper wakes up, is restless, and the length of time for each awake session. Users can also set up sleep goals and track progress over time, and use the app’s smart alarm clock and pedometer feature to track activity.
Beddit is an app that works with a Beddit sensor to help sleepers get a full picture of sleep cycle and sleep environment. The Beddit sensor is placed under the mattress or a bedsheet and monitors sleep data like heart rate, snoring, respiration, and bedroom humidity and temperature. The sensor sends information to the app, and the app provides reporting and a sleep score. The Beddit app also includes a smart alarm that wakes sleepers up in the lightest phase of sleep.
The Sense app tracks sleep, sleep trends, and provides a detailed and personalized breakdown of sleep cycles. It is voice-controlled, and users can speak to the app to request sleep information or play ambient sounds like white noise or fireside before falling asleep. The Sense app also includes ambient sounds, like white noise and fireside. Note: this app does require the Sense device, which is a white globe that sits by the bed. The Sense device should be placed near the bed, and it integrates with the app to measure temperature, humidity, ambient light, and airborne particles.
Lark is a personal lifestyle coaching app that focuses on weight loss and overall health. The app and program offers personal coaching to help users meet different goals related to fitness, health, and sleep. Lark’s technology can use the low-power phone sensors to track sleep automatically. The coaching app can work with other Apple or Android products to monitor other activity.
The Health Mate app works with the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System to track sleep, breathing, heart rate, and sleep environment. The system includes three parts: a bedside alarm clock, a sleep monitor strap, and the Health Mate app. The alarm clock was designed to help sleepers relax and fall asleep and wake up gently with sounds and light. The sleep strap is placed under the sheets and the mattress to monitor movements. The app tracks results from the alarm clock and strap, and suggests what factors may impact sleep.
SmartWake is an app that works with the SmartWake monitor to analyze sleep cycles and wake sleepers up during the best time, during the lightest sleep phase. The sensor is a disc-shaped device that can be placed under the mattress and is connected to smartphones via Bluetooth. The sensor monitors body movement, heart rate, and breathing, and sends information to the app to calculate the best wake-up time. The app also provides sleep tips and alerts, and monitors sleepers individually so sleeping partners can both benefit.
Dream awareness apps
Dream Journal Ultimate is a dream journal app that includes a social network where users can share dreams with others. Sleepers can decide which dreams are private and which ones are public and shared on the app’s Dream Wall. The dream journal is easy to use and can be locked with a personal identification number. The app also features a reality check notification that helps users determine if they are awake or dreaming.
84. Dreamscape: Dream Journal & Reader
Dreamscape: Dream Journal & Reader is a dream journal app that was designed to help users keep track of dreams to help them get clarity about dreams and to encourage better memory and recollection of dreams. Users can share dreams with other users, read dreams posted by others, and save favorite dreams to a list to keep.
85. DreamKeeper – Your Personal Dream Journal
DreamKeeper is a dream journal app that has an easy recording function so users can document dreams right after waking up from the dream. The app allows users to search past dreams by keyword, people, or themes, and includes dream storage for remembering dreams. The app can be protected with a passcode, too.
86. Lucidity – Lucid Dream Journal
Google Play: Free
4/5 (Google Play)
Lucidity is a dream journal app that helps sleepers analyze dreams and helps them learn about and practice lucid dreaming. Users can customize the app to get a morning and evening reminder to journal dreams upon waking up and to read past dreams before bed. The app has an audio-recording feature, information about dream signs, and dream stat reports with graphs.
87. Sleep Cycle Power Nap
Sleep Cycle Power Nap is a smart alarm clock nap app that features three different modes: a 20-minute power nap; a 45-minute recovery nap; and a 90-minutes sleep cycle nap. Users can select a nap mode and the app will sense when the sleeper falls asleep, and then sets an alarm to wake them up during the lightest sleep phase. The app also includes relaxing sounds and relaxing alarm melodies.
88. Power Nap App
The Power Nap App is a nap alarm clock app that can be customized for power naps up to 30 minutes long. The app includes a nap timer, relaxing sounds to fall asleep to, and pleasant alarm sounds to wake sleepers up gently. The app even has the sweet sound of a kitty cat, and includes an informational page about power naps.
89. Power Nap HQ
Power Nap HQ offers nap measurement and graphs, a nap timer, and a smart alarm clock. Users can set the desired nap length up to 3 hours and the app monitors the nap and wakes users up at the end of the nap and during the lightest sleep phase. The app also includes a snooze function, relaxing nature sounds, and records sounds to monitor snoring, talking, or noise.
Power Nap with Andrew Johnson is a meditative power nap app that takes users through guided relaxation and visualization to relax the mind and body. Users can listen to instructions and set the length of induction, number of therapy sessions, repetition of sessions, and the wake-up phase.
Baby and children’s sleep apps
91. Baby Sleep Instant
Google Play: Free
4.5/5 (Google Play)
Baby Sleep Instant was designed to help parents get babies to sleep, and offers a recording function so parents can record their own lullabies. This app includes low-frequency sounds to help lull babies to sleep, including: shower, car, hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, and fan. Users can set a timer so the app will play the sounds for the desired period of time.
92. Lullaby for Babies
Google Play: Free
4.4/5 (Google Play)
Lullaby for Babies is an app that offers pre-recorded lullabies recommended to help calm, relax, and soothe babies to help them get to sleep. Users can customize the app’s music and play time. Lullaby for Babies includes a library of melodies and lullabies to choose from.
93. Lightning Bug – Sleep Clock
Google Play: Free
4.5/5 (Google Play)
Lightning Bug is a white noise and sound app with a library of nearly 200 sound loops that can be played to help soothe babies to sleep. Sounds include white noise, ocean waves, rain storms, city trains, beats, instruments, and meditation bells. The app also includes an alarm clock and snooze function to help parents stay awake.
Sleepy Sounds includes a soothing visual animation that is played with lullabies, white noise, and nature sounds to help babies fall asleep. The phone screen can be turned into a mobile while it plays relaxing music. Users can also record their own sounds and music, and loop the sounds to play for the desired amount of time.
95. Sleep Genius Baby
Sleep Genius Baby is an app that was developed based on neurological research to help babies sleep faster, improve their quality of sleep, and increase cognitive functions. The Sleep Genius app music program can be played all night or can be set on a timer to turn off after a certain amount of time or for nap time.
Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Sleep App features a baby sleep clock, a 3-step nighttime routine with videos and tips, and a library of lullabies and ambient sounds. Users can have access to a panel of sleep analysts to ask sleep-related questions. The app also includes a sleep training guide to help parents develop the sleep schedule.
97. White Noise Baby Sleep Sounds
Google Play: Free
4.8/5 (Google Play)
White Noise Baby Sleep Sounds Free is a simple baby sleep sounds app that includes classic sounds to help soothe babies to sleep. Sounds include: white noise, car, creek, waterfall, heart, mother, and train, among others. Users can select the sounds to play, set the volume level and loop sounds, too.
Sleep Bug is a high-quality ambient sound app that includes 24 scenes, 83 different sound effects, and more than 300 different sounds that are designed to help with sleep. Sounds can be mixed together to create custom playlists and different ambiance for babies and children before bed. The app also includes a sleep timer and volume adjustment for each sound.
Nighty Night! – The bedtime story app is an app that focuses on a bedtime routine to help children ages 1-4 get to sleep. The story features animals who go to sleep, set to sweet lullaby music and relaxing narration. The story can take place in winter or summer, and includes 13 interactive animals, including a dog, pig, sheep, duck, chicken, spider, and cat.
100. Sheep Counter
The Sheep Counter app is a simple app that prompts users to count sheep before falling asleep during bed or nap time. The app is available for iPad, and is ideal for children and adults, too. The sheep on the app will just wait on the screen until they are clicked on and will keep counting up with more sheep until the user falls asleep.