There is nothing more frustrating than when you can’t fall asleep. Tossing and turning, watching the clock tick. Getting up for (another!) glass of water. Reading a book and just starting to drift off…only to be woken again by the smallest sound. Then the whole routine starts again.
Modern science has proven something we already know instinctively – sleep is one of the most important aspects of wellness. Lack of sleep leaves you feeling weak, irritable, and more sensitive to pain. It dulls your skin, and robs your body of precious time to repair and regenerate. That’s the bad news.
Now for the good news! Insomnia is really common, and although it might be caused by a medical issue (like hormonal changes, or having a cold), the most likely cause is emotional – anxiety, stress, over-thinking or feeling overwhelmed. And that means the power is in your hands to relax, unwind and enhance your sleep.
One of the easiest ways to unwind before bed is by listening to calming music. It’s so effective, several apps are available that help you do just that. Let’s take a look at the 5 best sleep music apps that you can use in your evening routine to surrender to a restful slumber:
1. Relax Melodies
55 million people can’t be wrong, right? That’s how many downloads this popular sleep music app has already accumulated – and counting! Choose from a huge library of sleep sounds to relax you, and you can even curate your own combination of sounds for your perfect sleep music. The app also offers a range of binaural beats and isochronic tones, soundwaves that operate on a frequency believed to induce a calming effect on the brain.
Not just a sleep app, but a relaxation app too! Pzizz “dreamscapes” are blends of rhythmic, acoustic and narrative elements to create a soothing accompaniment to bedtime. These are specially engineered according to neurological research, so you’ll be giving yourself the best proven chance of drifting off peacefully! With a wide range of stories, meditations, and breathing exercises, Pzizz gives you much more than music to help you relax and sleep.
Headspace is a very popular and well-known meditation app. But you might not know that it has an entire section devoted to sleep! Headspace “sleepscapes” are relaxing aural sessions based on different themes, like “Whispering Pines” and “Lazing Lagoon”, with soothing narrations to lull you to sleep. Or choose sleep music tracks up to 500 minutes long to last through the night. That’s not all, there are also sleep meditations and breathing exercises to help you wind down.
Spotify is the ultimate music app, and the same goes for sleep music! You won’t get the “bells and whistles” of a dedicated sleep app, like alarm wake-ups and sleep tracking, but you won’t be disappointed with the options for sleep-inducing music at your fingertips. Choose from sleep music playlists, sleep meditation sessions, soothing sound-based podcasts and much more, all in the same app you use every day to listen to your favorite songs and artists.
5. Insight Timer
When it comes to deep relaxation and great sleep, you can’t ask for more than the Insight Timer app. The dedicated Sleep section includes over 5000 sleep music tracks to choose from. And that doesn’t even count the thousands of sleep meditations and sleep talks when you want to expand your horizons. Plus, if you choose Insight Timer, you’ll also get access to guided meditations, yoga sessions and much much more for every kind of “me-time” moment.
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of wellness. Lack of sleep leaves you feeling weak, irritable, and more sensitive to pain.
What’s your favorite sleep music app? Let us know in the comments!