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Top 5 Apps To Boost Your Sleep

We are often criticised for our excessive use of phones and tablets in daily life and, when it comes to the bedroom, opinions are much the same. Experts tend to advise that we shouldn’€™t use gadgets too close to bedtime – due to the potentially negative impact their screens may have on our sleep and sleep quality. Some even suggest banning gadgetry entirely from our bedrooms!


However, rather than to spread more gloom and doom about your favourite gadgets, we’€™re here to suggest a few applications that could help to make them both a welcome addition to the bedroom and a handy tool to ensure you get a better night’€™s sleep.

Sleep Cycle

Sleep Cycle is a sleep-tracking app which collects information about your nightly sleep and displays graphs of your sleep pattern (and cycles) over a period of time. It also features a ‘€˜smart alarm’€™ which is said to wake you up during lighter phases of sleep, so that you wake up less groggy and leave your bed more easily.

The app requires you to place your phone close to you on your bed’€™s mattress when you’€™re ready to sleep, using systems already installed in your phone to keep track if your movement during the night. Crossmatching this information about your movements with what we generally know about sleep (e.g. that you can’€™t move during REM sleep), the app charts your sleep cycles during the night, calculating a range of ‘€˜totals’€™ (e.g. total time awake) which you can digest in easy-to-understand graphs.

Sleep Cycle is available on the App Store for $0.99.


Sleepbot is another tracking app with a few extra features. Similarly to Sleep Cycle, Sleepbot charts your sleep based on your movement during the night and features the same alarm function that wakes you up during ‘€˜lighter’ phases of sleep close to your desired wake-up time. In addition, Sleepbot can detect and record sound throughout the night, so you’€™ll know if you’ve been chatting away during the night (or snoring!).

Sleepbot can offer some simple suggestions if you’€™re struggling to fall asleep, or to stay awake, but its information is particularly focussed on sleep debt and its associated problems.

Sleepbot is available both for Apple and Android smartphones for free and the good news is that you can also view your sleep graphs in their full glory on your PC’€™s screen if you access your data through the website.


Sleepio is a clinically proven web app developed by world sleep expert, Professor Colin Espie. Each week you log on to the website from your tablet (or computer) to visit your virtual sleep expert, ‘€˜The Prof’€™, who teaches you techniques based in scientific evidence and tailored to your specific problem.

At a fraction of the cost of face-to-face sleep therapy, Sleepio is a great opportunity to try out Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the only proven solution to long-term sleep problems.

In addition to being taught techniques you can use for the rest of your life, you are supported by an online community of improving sleepers as well as a host of tools to help you track your progress, whilst your virtual sleep expert helps you interpret the results.

You can get access to Sleepio on the website, from $9.99/ week.

Jawbone UP app

The UP app is free for iPhones and Android, but does require a tracking device. The UP band is worn on the wrist and gathers information about your sleep from your movement during the night.

Each night’€™s sleep is compared against your chosen sleep goal -€“ the number of hours you’d ideally like to clock each night. The app also pops up messages to motivate you, suggesting new goals you could aim for, or quick tips to help you further improve your everyday routine.

Finally, you can add any friends with UP bands as ‘€˜team members’€™ within the app -€“ you’€™ll be able to see each others’€™ progress and keep yourselves accountable on your goals. If you’€™re the competitive sort, you might just find that keeping an eye on the activity of your social circle may give you an extra boost!

The Jawbone UP app can be downloaded for Android and iPhone devices, but tracking bands are sold separately and range from $99.99 to $149.99.

Jet Lag Rooster

Jet Lag Rooster is a web and phone app ideal for the frequent traveller or anyone planning a long-haul holiday. Developed by the team at Swan Medical, the app can help you minimise jet lag any time you travel across time zones.

Based on scientific research about the positive effects of light exposure on sleep cycles and the data you enter into the app, its computer algorithm creates a precise schedule for you to follow after the departure. The times in your schedule are selected to maximise any benefits of exposure to daylight  so that you can kick off your holiday feeling fresher!

One great thing about Jet Lag Rooster is that you won’t need Internet access to use it, so you won’t have to choose between a jet lag and breaking the bank if stuck at the airport.

Available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Written By

Helena is interested in and keeps up with the latest sleep research.



  1. Gautam

    February 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Hey friend the problem is I own a Windows Phone and I searched for Sleep Apps on it but I can’t find good ones.So can you help me with it?

  2. Anchit Shethia

    February 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I don’t remember an app but there was one iPhone app where there were more than 100 tunes to get us sleep. I have used it once and the tunes are so soothing that you will fall asleep within 15 minutes. I really loved that app but forgot the name after I got my iPhone replaced.

  3. Markus Duffin

    February 14, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Such amazing technology. My favorite is the app that tracks your sleep patterns over night and sets off your alarm at a the optimal point in your sleep cycle that will let you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

  4. Apu Mridha

    February 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    i like the sleep cycle app so much… it’s so useful! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this amazing post Helena… 😀

    Loved it.



  5. Jon Linkon

    February 21, 2014 at 4:35 am

    i use Sleep Cycle apps, it,s a great apps for boost sleep.

  6. Pankaj

    March 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing these 5 apps for boosting our sleep. i will definitely try these apps.

  7. Apu Mridha

    April 1, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this amazing article … enjoyed every bit of it .. 🙂


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