12 Best healthy sleep apps that will help you fall asleep faster

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Yes, yes, we know the rules. No phone an hour before bedtime, but hey, what if we told you that your smartphone could actually help you fall asleep? Of course that doesn’t mean you waste your bedtime scrolling through your instagram feed for the millionth time. All we are saying is that you can use bedtime tech apps that are designed to offer you high quality and sound sleep. 

The app store offers a diverse range of sleep apps. From apps that offer guided meditations, to the ones that narrate bedtime stories in soothing voices, including one in the sweet voice of Matthew McConaughey, to the ones that play white noise to calm your mind and put you to sleep. So, how do you know what would work the best for you? 

Well, we have put together a list of the 12 sleep apps if you have been living on 4-hours of sleep.

#1 Sleep as Android

If you are looking for a sleep management app, then “Sleep As Android” is one of the best ones on the playstore. It has everything you could possibly need – an alarm clock and a sleep cycle tracker that wakes you up when you have had the optimal sleep. It wakes you up to a pleasant morning gently when you are on the light sleep cycle. It also has lullabies with sounds of nature that will help you fall asleep. Oh, and did we tell you that it will also record in case you snore or talk during your sleep. How cool is that! It can be integrated with your Google fit, fluxtream among other major health services.

#2 Headspace: Meditation & Sleep

If you’ve ever talked to a friend who is into meditation, chances are that you have already heard of the Headspace app. Well, did you know that the app also hosts 45-55 minutes-long sleepcasts? It offers you a selection of soothing soundscapes and adult bedtime stories to select from that will help you fall asleep. If you’ve had a long day of work and your mind has been racing, making it impossible to fall asleep, then the app also has up to 20-minute long meditation guides that will calm you down for bedtime. The paid version offers over 40 meditation courses, sleepcasts and music that will help you wind down at night after a stressful day.

#3 Noisli - Focus, Concentration & Relaxation

If the coffeeshop buzz centers you and actually helps you sleep better, then we have just the app for you. Noisli offers you a range of sounds you can sleep to, from white noise to the gentle whiff of wind and occasional thunder, it has everything you’ll need on your sleep soundtrack. Tune out the noises in your head and relax to the calming background sounds from the app. Create a personal environment with the sounds on the app to improve productivity and sleep better. Just select the ones that help you the best and save it on the app for bedtime.

#4 Pzizz - Sleep, Nap, Focus

Whether you are taking an afternoon power nap or ready for a good night’s sleep, with Pzizz you’ve got them both with the push of a button. Yup, it is that simple. The app has some of the most beautiful dreamscapes created using psychoacoustic tailored to each phase of your sleep cycle. From a combination of soothing music, sound effects to soothing voice-overs, it has got it all. The app also works offline and lets you set custom listening time. The app has a built-in alarm and gives you a seven-day free trial as well.

#5 Slumber: Sleep Meditations, Stories, Music, Sounds

With over 350 stories, Slumber claims to have the largest sleep library on the app store and is on a mission to put you to sleep. From sounds of leaves fluttering as the river flows to stories by a therapeutic hypnotist, the app banks on science to induce sleep. It offers sound experiences that build a perfect landscape to calm your mind and body for bedtime. Be it a meditation focused stream or the soothing sounds of warm jacuzzi to six-part bedtime stories, Slumber will offer you a dynamic combination of experiences to sleep to. And if you are someone who loves falling asleep to the sound of rain, then the app actually lets you run background noises from nature for up to 10 hours.

#6 Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax

If you’ve been online looking up meditation, chances are that you have already seen ads recommending the Calm app. The app has a great selection of bedtime stories narrated in the voices of celebrities, including Mathew McConaughey. The app offers something to everyone from adults to kids. You can improve your sleep quality, reduce stress and improve your focus with this app. The app’s library of music, soundscapes, sleep stories and audio guided meditation is designed to help you fall asleep fast every night. They have also kept up internet trends and have a separate ASMR category. How awesome is that!

#7 Sleep Cycle: Sleep analysis & Smart alarm clock

If you are a True Blood fan, then chances are you’ve forever been in love with Alexander Skarsgård’s voice. Well, how would you like to fall asleep to his voice? The Sleep Cycle app lets you do just that while also analysing your sleep and waking you up at the perfect time, ensuring you have a good sleep cycle. The award-winning actor narrates relaxing sleep stories designed to help you get a good night’s sleep. Not only does the app track your sleeping patterns, but it also ensures you wake up feeling well rested.

#8 Ten Percent Happier - Meditation & Sleep

Experience peaceful sleep under the guidance of the world’s top mindfulness experts with this 10% Happier app. If your mind is racing through a gazillion thoughts after a long day at work, then you can calm yourself to sleep quickly with this app. The sleep meditation sessions run anywhere between three minutes to 45-minutes. Don’t worry most probably you’ll be asleep in a while and would hardly notice if it did in fact run on for that long. The app also offers extra support with its option to message a coach.

#9 Reflectly: Diary, Gratitude Journal & Mood Tracker

If you are looking for ways to deal with your anxiety to sleep better, then a journaling exercise is one of the most efficient ways to do it. Reflectly is an artificial intelligence enabled journal that helps you reflect on your thoughts and also structure them better. It helps categorise your thoughts depending on what happened during the prior day by asking you guided questions. This prevents you from racing through the thoughts that would have otherwise kept you up the whole night.

#10 Sleepiest - Sleep Sounds Free

Available only in iOS.

Desperately looking for an app that will put your children to bed? Well, look no further, we’ve got you. With an array of bedtime stories, Sleepiest will calm your kids before bed. You can also browse through the app’s auditory meditative tools such as bedtime routines and white noise to ensure your kid’s enjoy a good night’s sleep. The app also lets you set a sleep timer and puts on soothing music that will help your kids drift off to sleep easily.

#11 Pillow: Sleep Cycle Tracker

Available only in iOS.

Designed around the most recent development in sleep research, Pillow is powered by one of the most advanced algorithms that paints an extensive picture of your sleep cycle. It is one of the best apps on the playstore if you wish to study your sleep session, breaking it down to REM, light and deep sleep phases. It offers you diagram plots and dynamic session statistics that will help you understand your sleep cycles better. The app is integrated with Apple’s Health app and is a great way to measure your sleep quality.

#12 Moshi: Sleep and Meditation

Do your kids love flicking through well illustrated storybooks before bed? Well, then they will love Moshi. The app has excellent stories that range between 15 and 20-minutes that feature real life stars and will get your kids ready for bed. It also features audio tracks that help reduce kids’ anxiety, calms them and centers them, ensuring they fall asleep easily.

In conclusion...

Of course there’s an app for everything these days in Australia or for that matter worldwide, from picking up your medicines to delivering food to now putting you to bed. But hey, as long as they help improve and better our life, who’s complaining? Of course if you deal with serious troubles with sleep that have lasted longer than a few nights, it is advisable to see a doctor. Or, quite possibly your mattress or pillow is the problem and needs replacement.

However, if you are looking for something to calm you and get you ready for bed, then you have multiple options to pick from. Whether you’ve been super restless or constantly struggling with an overactive brain during bedtime, you can make a pick from the apps on your list to solve your problems. If you are someone who struggles to get your kids to bed or have irregular sleep cycles or insomnia yourself, we hope the apps on this list help you sleep better. Choose to drift off to sleep to the sounds of nature or listen to a bedtime story from your favourite celebrity, the choice is entirely yours. 

James Lee

James Lee

James is the content director at WhatASleep, a certified sleep science coach from Spencer Institute and our in-house sleep product expert. Over three years, he's personally tested hundreds of mattresses. He likes to keep his reviews simple, objective, and straightforward so that the readers don't have to go through decision fatigue which is often the case while shopping for sleep products.

He hails from Sydney and has a journalism degree from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

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