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Today is World Sleep Day — and in a perfect world, this should give you the licence to stay in bed all day. But we don't live in a perfect world and while we'd pay serious money to get some good sleep, most of us aren't getting our eight hours of snooze.
World Sleep Day was started by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society in 2008 to celebrate the benefits of healthy sleep. 'Healthy sleep' — lololol, amirite?
But it's not that distant a dream. There are ways you can try to get more sleep, or even trick your body to think you got some 'healthy sleep'.
So, here are five apps that might just help you get your snooze on:
One of the smartest sleep tracker apps, Sleep Cycle is like a super smart alarm. It tracks your sleep and wakes you up in the lightest sleep cycle, so your body thinks it woke up naturally. It basically finds the optimal time to wake you up during a pre-defined 30-minute time window, which you can set the night before. It even has a dashboard to check your sleep percentage and measure snoring. It's available on Android and iOS.
Pzizz doesn't just help you fall asleep, but also helps in dealing with insomnia and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Pzizz is used by thousands of people around the world — including, wait for it, JK Rowling. The app uses neurolinguistic programming to help you relax and uses algorithmically remixed sounds to help you to sleep, keeping you asleep, and waking you up. Pzizz also has a stellar Instagram page which is helpful. Pzizz is available on Android and iOS.
A NASA-approved sleeping app — the technology used in Sleep Genius has been celebrated in the 2015 edition of NASA’s prestigious annual publication, Spinoff. Sleep Genius has a Revive Cycle Alarm which helps you to wake up from any sleep stage with periodic sound cycles. It also has a Power Nap cycle program which helps trigger a relaxation response. You can find Sleep Genius on Android and iOS.
Noisli is a great sleep and productivity app which is a great way to deal with your stress levels. When you fire up Noisli, it will ask you what you want to listen to. It has sound effects like rain, thunderstorm, coffee shop, train, white noise, and several other options which you can put on even when you're working. You can also listen to combined noises of two or more elements together. Noisli also has a built-in timer for your power naps and is available on Android and iOS.
Sleep Bot is a multitasker. It tracks your sleep, sets alarms and you can monitor your sleep percentage on your phone.
"SleepBot was founded off a conversation Jane and Edison had one morning at 5am about how great it would be if they knew how much sleep they weren't getting," reads their website.
So, here's to sleeping well *yawn*