I have over 300 Android apps that’d I’ve ever installed, with an average of about 50 apps installed at any time, so choosing just 3 Apps I Love wasn’t easy. Instead, today I’m going to quickly go through the 3 Apps I Love – That Help Me To Sleep (for Android).
Our phones are usually with us 24 hours a day, the first thing we pick up in the morning and the last thing we put down before going to (try to) sleep. Recently, it has become well known that using your phone in bed or the hour before going to bed can have seriously detrimental effects [see some pretty scary headlines regarding using your phone in bed]. That’s why I’m starting with 3 Apps I Love – That Help Me To Sleep.
This app is like f.lux for pc/mac (which you should be using). If you’ve never heard of that, these apps change the colour tone of your phone’s screen to mute the blue light, which is known to trigger your brain to release ‘wake up’ signals. There are two filters in EasyEyes, one is the screen brightness, being able to set it to the very lowest setting possible, and the other is the warmness. The higher you set this filter, the more red the screen will appear rather than blue. Based on your location and the time of the year, the app kicks in at sunset and turns off again at sunrise. It’s not until you disable the app late at night that you realise how blue our screens really are.
Note: Some apps (especially banking) may not work while these apps are active, simply switch them off temporarily from the app and you can go about your business.
It’s no secret that I love Google’s tools, (see here for Why You Should Care About Google Analytics) but you might ask, “How does this app help you sleep?” Well, one of the reasons we often have trouble falling asleep is the heap of thoughts, ideas or worries that fly around our head as soon as we lie down. With Google Keep, you can make a note or a list very quickly and that is synced through your account so you can access them on your laptop in the morning for example. You can also make voice-recording notes, which the app will transcribe for you. But, best of all is the reminders. Once you make the note you can set it to remind you at a certain time, or when you reach a location.
Note: There are lots of other ways to take notes, from the classic pen and paper beside your bed, to your phone’s built in notepad, to other services like Evernote, but I have to recommend Keep because of it’s simplicity, availability and “Googleness”.
You might have guessed by now, I’ve had my battle with insomnia on and off for years, but it’s hard to know to what extent your sleep pattern is being disturbed. In comes SleepBot (or any of the many other versions available), and it’s two main features. 1) It tracks sound and movement throughout the night to give you an idea of the quality of your sleep, and 2) It uses a Smart Alarm to wake you up when you are in the best phase of sleep to do so.
Note: This app can use a lot of battery when tracking everything all night, so make sure you’re phone is charged up/plugged in when using this.
There are lots of ways to improve your sleep and more importantly, mitigate against the negative influences on your sleep. These three apps are by no means the perfect answer to you having perfect sleep, but in my experience, they help a lot.
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You stay sleepy, planet earth!