#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 13°C Friday 30 July 2021

Finding it hard to fall asleep? These apps can help you out

If you’re having trouble getting yourself to sleep, perhaps you need something to ease yourself into it.

Image: norhafydzah mahfodz/Flickr


SOMETIMES, THE MOST difficult part about getting enough shuteye is falling asleep in the first place.

It’s recommended you get between seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but if you’re having problems achieving this, then there are a few apps and resources that will help you out.

One place to start would be Sleep Genius (€4.99 on iOS and Free on Android) which claims to help those with sleep deprivation.

Developed following research on how to help astronauts fall asleep, it helps train you into falling asleep without relying on things like white noise.

Sleep genius Source: Sleep Genius/Google Play

Alternatively, you could download Pzizz (iOS and Android) which offers a guided sleep meditation for you to listen to. It creates a somewhat different track every time you listen to it (you can turn off the voiceover if you want) and you can set its length from 10 minutes to a couple of hours.

9k= Source: Pzizz/App Store

If you’re looking for something minimalist, Relax Melodies (iOS and Android) uses a collection of different sounds to help you doze off. The interface is pretty dated in comparison to the other apps on this list but the different mixes you can create

As for devices, having a program or app that can change the colour temperature of your screen from blue light to orange can help reduce eye strain, which can leave you feeling more awake at night.
F.lux (Windows and Mac), Twilight (Android) and Night Shift (iOS) all offer this to some degree so it’s a good idea to install or activate them on whatever devices you use.

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

F.lux Source: F.lux

And while it’s not specifically an app, the site Sleepy Time will calculate the best time for you to be falling asleep. By entering in the time you need to get up at, it counts back sleep cycles so it can pick times that you should be falling asleep.

Sleepy Time Source: Sleepy Time

Read: Accessing WiFi in a public spot? You should be extra careful >

Read: Want to try out iOS 10 early? Here’s how to get the public beta >

About the author:

Quinton O'Reilly

Read next: