Sleeping Aid Apps

Apps To Help You Fall Asleep

Overview

Millions of people have trouble finding rest at night. There are some fantastic apps on both the iPhone and iPad that can help you fall asleep faster and wake up with peace and energy. We have gone through and found some of the best apps. Let's compare them in this AppGuide for the best sleep apps.

Essential Apps

  • $1.99

    Sleep Time+ Alarm Clock and Sleep Cycle Analysis with Soundscape for Health and Fitness

    by Azumio Inc.

    Sleep Time+ is one of the top in this category. Not only is it an alarm clock and sleep tracker, it also includes soundscapes. In the past, many users have had to use separate apps for their sleeping needs. Leave that behind and move forward! Begin by letting Sleep Time+ lull you to sleep with the choice of 4 included soundscapes. If you aren't a fan of what is included, you have the option of using your own playlists. This app works by using the accelerometer in your iPhone to detect any movement in the night. It then makes use of an advanced algorithm to determine your sleep phases so that you are never awakened while in a deep slumber. Choose to wake from any of their 20 built in alarms or one of your own songs from iTunes. With so many features, this is a must-have for anyone that wants the one sleep app that rules them all. If you aren't sure, try out the free version below!

  • $0.99

    MotionX 24/7: Sleep Cycle Alarm, Snore, Apnea, Heart Rate Monitor, Weight Loss, Activity Tracker

    by MotionX™

    Sleep by MotionX is another great sleeping app that entices you with a beautiful UI and incredible features. It monitors and analyzes your sleep cycles just by having your iPhone on your mattress or under your pillow. Included in this app is an intelligent alarm clock that wakes you during your lightest sleep within a thirty minute window from the time you set. But that's not all! It also includes a pedometer that counts your every step and calories burned throughout the day. Set up "Get Active" alerts that will notify you when you've been idle for too long. The timing on these alerts can be customized to what you prefer. Last, but certainly not least, you can use your iPhone's camera to detect your heart rate from your fingertip. This can be useful in finding the quality of your sleep.

  • $4.99

    pzizz sleep

    by pzizz technology limited

    Pzizz sleep is an essential sleeping app. Pzizz has been around for many years on Windows and Mac computers. The app will generate a fresh and new sleep track every time. The app also has a very cool 3D mode. The 3D mode works great and puts you to sleep even faster (given you have a surround sound setup). The app lets you choose if you have a voice track or simply the “music” track. This type of app isn't for everyone, but if you have problems falling asleep, then this app may be helpful.

  • $1.99

    Sleep Sounds and SPA Music for Insomnia Relief, Power Nap, Relaxation, Snooze, Massage Therapy,Yoga and Better Sleep

    by Red Hammer Software

    What if you're not looking for any kind of self-hyposis or guided sleep? If you just want some soothing sounds to help you relax or block out distracting sounds, then Sleep is for you. Sleep features about 100 different sounds and music tracks. The app can also combine those tracks, ranging from nature sounds and white noise to peaceful music, lullabies, and binaural beats for a truly customized sleep mix. The app also features background audio, a clock, timers, snooze, fade in/out, and even lovely wallpapers for your iDevice. The app is simply packed with features. The price tag of only $0.99 makes this universal app a great buy.

  • $9.99

    Absalt EasyWakeup PRO - smart alarm clock (easy wake up)

    by FreeTerra

    Absalt EasyWakeup Pro is undoubtedly one of the best apps in its class. With a simple interface for easy navigation and an amazing sleep tracking algorithm, this app delivers on all claims that it will help you wake up easier. The way it works is not much different than the other apps listed here; first you set a wakeup time and the sound that you want played when you wake up. What will then happen is that Absalt will set a wakeup window between thirty minutes before the time you set and the time you set. Put your phone facedown on your bed before going to sleep; the screen will turn off to conserve battery while the app tracks your sleep pattern by movements. Once the wakeup window is reached, Absalt will wake you up at the time of your lightest sleep. From there you can view charts of your sleep pattern and even rate your mood upon waking up. The result should be a feeling of refresh, since you were woken when your body wanted to instead of your clock. Overall, this app works extremely well for what it does and is my alarm clock of choice. This app is essential to anyone who wants to wake up feeling like a million bucks every morning.

  • $0.99

    SmoothAlarm

    by Joerg Wissemann

    SmoothAlarm Pro has to be one of the most unique alarm clocks. Aside from the standard wakeup features, this app adds functionality such as the ability to play music before going to sleep with auto stop. Another huge advantage that SmoothAlarm has over its competition is weather alarm which will wake you up thirty to ninety minutes before your set wakeup time if it's an ideal weather condition. This could be useful for, say, a morning run. Overall, this app has killer features that put it a few steps ahead of most of the apps here, making it an essential app for anyone looking for a great alarm.

Notable Apps

  • $2.99

    Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

    by Michael Schneider

    Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson is similar in style to Pzizz Sleep. The voice of Andrew is very soothing and peaceful. The app has a huge, loyal fan base. The app will run in the background, which is great if you want to have a clock running in the foreground. If Pzizz just doesn’t do it for you, then grab this one.

  • $0.99

    Pure Sleep | AmbiScience™ • Binaural & Isochronic Ambient Sleep Utility

    by Tesla Audio Sciences

    PureSleep features 60 ambient tracks of different varieties. The app has everything from noise, sound, or music to entertainment tracks. The app also lets you create your own custom sleep tracks. The app has timers and a snooze feature for those that need it. The quality of audio in this app is fantastic. PureSleep is another great choice for those having trouble sleeping.

  • Free

    Relax & Sleep Well by Glenn Harrold: A Relaxation Self-Hypnosis Meditation

    by i-mobilize, inc.

    Much like other apps here which give you mechanisms to help you fall asleep, Relax and Sleep Well presents what is called a hypnotherapy session. After 27 minutes, the app supposedly de-stresses you, allowing you to sleep easily and deeply. Of course, like any other service of this type, results will vary from person to person. However, the free price tag makes this app an easy one to try out.

  • Free

    Relax Completely

    by Darren Marks

    Darren Marks is a famous hypnotherapist in the UK. He offers an entire line of hypnotherapy apps; but since this one is free and universal, it's a good place to start. If it works for you, then you can try out his other, paid apps as well.

  • Free

    White Noise Box

    by Skunk Brothers GmbH

    Not the fanciest app, this dead simple app just delivers good, solid white noise for those that need it to sleep. There are five different "colors" (actually, pitches) of white noise. That's it. Personally, there is only one I like of the five (I find the rest annoying, not soothing) but the one I like (the red one), I really like a lot. This app stands out from the white noise app crowd because, even after extensive testing, I cannot hear any looping/clicking sound that plagues so many other apps like this. I am very sensitive to that little loop/click; I have tried and deleted at least a dozen or more of these simple white noise apps because that sound drove me nuts. At any rate, White Noise Box is free and universal, so if you're simply looking for white noise, then this is the one to get.

  • Free

    Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep with 3D Sound

    by Holographic Audio Theater

    Naturespace is a very nice app. The developers have traveled the world for over eight years to capture the amazing audio used for the app. The free, universal app comes with six tracks and additional ones can be purchased through in-app purchases. The audio tracks are very soothing and peaceful. The app is great for those that like to fall asleep to nature sounds.

  • $0.99

    Smart Alarm Clock (Pro)

    by ARAWELLA CORPORATION

    Smart Alarm Clock tracks your sleep patterns the same way that other apps in this list do, but adds some features along the way. One cool piece of functionality included is the app's ability to record sounds at night which could be useful if you want to track your snoring, for example. Another added benefit of this app is social network integration, with just one click you can share your sleeping pattern data with Twitter or Facebook. That being said, Smart Alarm Clock is not without issues; for example, there are times where it simply won’t work, and for something as crucial as waking you up, my best advice would be to try the free version below and set a backup alarm just in case.

  • Free

    Sleep On It - sleep tracker and alarm app

    by MedHelp

    If you're looking for an alarm and sleep tracker but don't want to spend any money, then Sleep On It is the app for you. Its creator, MedHelp, is one of the largest health communities online and currently offers this app free of charge. Among its many features you are able to track how long and how well you sleep whether it be nighttime sleep or a nap. It also allows you to log your mood upon waking so that you know just how much sleep you need to feel your best. The features don't end there! Sync and back up your data to MedHelp online and access it anywhere. This feature would be very useful for doctors visits.

  • Free

    Sleep Blue

    by Corey Lista

    While this app surely isn't packed with features, it does what it was made to do. Sleep Blue helps reset your Circadian rhythm so that you can fall asleep naturally. Just select the options you'd like to use and place your device next to your bed. Your device will begin to project blue light onto your walls and ceiling. Be sure that you are able to view one of the walls and keep your device plugged in. I can personally say that this put me to sleep within a few minutes. The only issue I have with this are the ads that randomly pop up. You can easily bypass this by putting your phone into airplane mode. Hopefully an ad-free paid version will be offered in the future because this simple app is brilliant!

  • $1.99

    Sleep Machine

    by SleepSoft LLC

    Sleep Machine gives you many ambient sounds, including music tracks and alarms. With clock and alarm features, plus the ability to mix and match your sounds to create a custom sleep experience, you can't go wrong with this full-featured app. Try a limited free version of the app (linked below) first, if you like.

Decent Apps

  • $0.99

    Count Sheep HD

    by Taber Buhl

    Count Sheep HD is an app designed for the iPad. The app lets you count sheep on your iPad. The app also plays a background lullaby track. The app works great for those that like falling asleep to the TV. When using a TV to fall asleep many times you will wake up with a headache. The app provides a better sleeping experience than your TV set and can be a great option for many.

  • $0.99

    Sleep Cycle alarm clock

    by Northcube AB

    Sleep Cycle is a curious app that has most of Absalt EasyWakeup Pro’s feature, but has one serious problem. While some users claim that it works great for them, many have found that this app tracks sleep cycles even when on a flat surface with no movement. Therefore, it remains to be seen if this app is worth downloading, but for the time being I recommend looking at other options.

  • $2.99

    WakeApp Pro - Scientific Alarm Clock & Sleep Recorder

    by AppZoo GmbH

    WakeApp Pro has many of the same features as some of the other apps in this guide. It analyzes your sleep cycles to wake you up at a time that would most benefit you. Along with providing you with a history of your sleep, it also records audio while you slumber. This seems to be useful in finding out what is bothering you in the night. It's also an efficient way to find out whether you sleep talk or snore. This app promises not to drain your battery and will warn you when your battery is low. Unfortunately, a few users have experienced crashing and failure to record anything.

  • $4.99

    HappyWakeUp

    by Smart Valley Software Ltd

    HappyWakeUp and HappyNap (below) claims the same functionality as the other apps here. Unfortunately, it doesn't really work very well most of the time, and should probably be avoided until the issues are resolved.

Other Great Sleeping Apps

  • Free

    WakeMate

    by REM Solutions

    WakeMate is a completely different kind of app. Its goal is to get you into better sleeping habits and bring you better quality sleep. The app integrates with a Bluetooth wristband that you wear when you sleep. The wristband tracks your heartbeat and movement. The band will let your iOS device know when the optimal time to wake up is. WakeMate works by having a wakeup time range (waking you up at the optimal time) and storing information about how you feel when you wake up. The wristband runs $59.99 and can be purchased from Amazon or their website directly. If you have problems sleeping, perhaps this combo can help you wake up on the right side of the bed.

  • $5.99

    pzizz energizer

    by pzizz technology limited

    Pzizz Energizer is a version of Pzizz Sleep for naps. The naps can range from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. The tracks generated here are specially coded for naps. The app is great if you need a quick boost during the day.

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