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| by Farida Abdel Malek

The 4 Apps That Helped Me Get Better Sleep and Calm down the Daily Stress

I'm here to tell you about one blessing that technology has given us, the applications below that have helped me with calmness and better sleep before bed. Sometimes, certain days or weeks can be stressful, so much that even bedtime is not relaxing and thoughts suddenly start rushing to my head at 1 a.m. When I'm having one of those days, I pull out one of these apps to help with something I find difficult doing on my own, which is mediation. Because they have guided narration, it's easier for me to focus on what they're saying and give my body and mind a healthier approach to awareness. After a couple of minutes, my tense body relaxes and dozes off to a goodnight sleep, wakeing up in a much better mood than the night before. If you can relate to these struggles and want a little happy helper to get you calm and stress free before bed, or even anytime during the day, read my review of them and try them out. Good Luck!


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Oak
Oak
This is a new one to me. I haven't yet invested time with it but I heard a lot of good things and can't wait to try it. It has 3 categories; Meditate, Breathe and Sleep. It helps guide you to exercise better breathing. It also has a community tracker that shows you how many people are using the app now, breathing or mediating so it's inspiring and encouraging to see that. The visuals are also beautiful water colored, relaxing landscapes. You can also pick the duration and sounds you prefer in the background during your session.
Oak
Oak
This is a new one to me. I haven't yet invested time with it but I heard a lot of good things and can't wait to try it. It has 3 categories; Meditate, Breathe and Sleep. It helps guide you to exercise better breathing. It also has a community tracker that shows you how many people are using the app now, breathing or mediating so it's inspiring and encouraging to see that. The visuals are also beautiful water colored, relaxing landscapes. You can also pick the duration and sounds you prefer in the background during your session.
2
Calm
Calm
Calm is my favorite so far. This app has helped me so much when I was having trouble with anxiety and nightmares a of couple years back. It got me interested in meditation because the narration explains and introduces you to what meditation is and how you can gradually practice it. You can pick a 'scene' with the background sound and visuals that relaxes you best. For example, crackling fire, beach shore, and rainfall. You can also pick the type of session based on your goal from it. Is it better sleep? Personal growth? Relationships? With each of these the narration changes. It used to be for free but you know a lot of things are locked for premium subscription, so try it out and see if you're willing to invest.
Calm
Calm
Calm is my favorite so far. This app has helped me so much when I was having trouble with anxiety and nightmares a of couple years back. It got me interested in meditation because the narration explains and introduces you to what meditation is and how you can gradually practice it. You can pick a 'scene' with the background sound and visuals that relaxes you best. For example, crackling fire, beach shore, and rainfall. You can also pick the type of session based on your goal from it. Is it better sleep? Personal growth? Relationships? With each of these the narration changes. It used to be for free but you know a lot of things are locked for premium subscription, so try it out and see if you're willing to invest.
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Headspace
Headspace
Headspace has a more fun, interesting approach to their mediation guidance. They start with these fun, cute videos visualizing for you what anxiety and meditation are. I find the narrator's voice here really relaxing while still engaging and helpful. There are sessions for everything; when you're working out, loosing your temper, in pain, even for when you just woke up. I like this app before bedtime, when I know I have a long day tomorrow and want my body and mind to be at ease. I love their fun visuals and the fact that they even have sessions for kids to promote the idea of teaching your kids to have a healthy mind at a young age.
Headspace
Headspace
Headspace has a more fun, interesting approach to their mediation guidance. They start with these fun, cute videos visualizing for you what anxiety and meditation are. I find the narrator's voice here really relaxing while still engaging and helpful. There are sessions for everything; when you're working out, loosing your temper, in pain, even for when you just woke up. I like this app before bedtime, when I know I have a long day tomorrow and want my body and mind to be at ease. I love their fun visuals and the fact that they even have sessions for kids to promote the idea of teaching your kids to have a healthy mind at a young age.
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Pillow
Pillow
Pillow is not a mediation app but it's on the list because it's a smart alarm with a sleep tracker, so it benefits your sleep and helps you understand what's happening to your mind at night. It shows you the percentage of deep and light sleep and the percentage you were awake in. With that it calculates the quality of your sleep. You can also add your mood each morning after it wakes you up and any notes you have for further analysis you might want to look back at. It shows you a detailed graph with a timeline of the hours since you set the alarm in bed until you woke up and tracks your heartbeat. You insert the amount of hours of sleep you want to receive daily and you can add calming sounds in the background and set the timing for them to stop in the middle of the night. My favorite thing about it, is that it wakes you up at the lightest possible sleep stage, which helped me a lot because I used to wake up alarmed when I was in deep sleep and get anxious at the start of my day.
Pillow
Pillow
Pillow is not a mediation app but it's on the list because it's a smart alarm with a sleep tracker, so it benefits your sleep and helps you understand what's happening to your mind at night. It shows you the percentage of deep and light sleep and the percentage you were awake in. With that it calculates the quality of your sleep. You can also add your mood each morning after it wakes you up and any notes you have for further analysis you might want to look back at. It shows you a detailed graph with a timeline of the hours since you set the alarm in bed until you woke up and tracks your heartbeat. You insert the amount of hours of sleep you want to receive daily and you can add calming sounds in the background and set the timing for them to stop in the middle of the night. My favorite thing about it, is that it wakes you up at the lightest possible sleep stage, which helped me a lot because I used to wake up alarmed when I was in deep sleep and get anxious at the start of my day.


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