Sleep Science Reviews: Best Apps to Help You Sleep

For most of the United Kingdom, our phones have become our greatest companions. In fact, a survey done in 2020 reported that 95% of its respondents personally use a mobile phone daily.  

Conversely, however, it’s no secret that mobile phones have also harmed our lives. A prime example of this is the way it has impacted our sleeping habits. These devices have been proven to stagnate the production of melatonin, as well as emit blue light. 

Various sleep apps have been launched into the digital market to combat this. They offer different features, such as sleeping timers, white noise, and even sleep data. And while they are useful, the perfect one for you is often hard to find.

The process of going back and forth between different apps on the App Store or Google Play is quite a tedious one. Sleep Science compiled the top picks for apps that will help you sleep better. 


Awards: 

Best Overall: Sleep Cycle 

Best Variety: Calm 

Best Meditation: Headspace 

Best Convenience: Sleep Watch 


How did we review each sleep app? 

User Experience: Beyond its design, we also looked into how easy it was to navigate through the sleep app’s different pages and features. 

Additional Features: Sleep apps don’t just track your sleeping patterns. Many of them provide relaxing stories, ambient music, and even soft music to make drifting off easier. 

Price: While most apps are free, they often have in-app purchases (which some apps refer to as “freemium” subscriptions). This is the case for all of the sleep apps in this article. Normally, you’re either paying to acquire value-adding features or to remove an inconvenient one (e.g. advertisements).  

Sleep Science reviewed the following apps… 

Best Overall: Sleep Cycle 

Why some users love it… 

  • The morning alarms deliver through being easy on the ears 
  • Its sleep app design is sleek and mature 

Why some users dislike it… 

  • Its customer service is difficult to locate, let alone communicate with 
  • The sleep app tends to bug if not updated 

Sleep Cycle is a US-based app that promises to record your patterns when it comes to snoring, talking, and other sleep-related patterns. These are all compiled and organized by the sleep app to provide actionable insights to its users on their sleep. 

With its alarm clock, your mornings will be greeted with gentle sounds to ease you out of bed. Its in-app purchases offer premium access to the sleep app’s full range of features. These include additional metrics and data, as well as the SleepSecure feature that stores your data on a cloud. 

Sleep Science awards this app as the Best Overall due to its integration options, additional paid features, and appealing app design. 

Free  Paid 
  • Sleep analysis 
  • Snooze 
  • Integration for both Apple Watch and Google Fit 
  • Database export 
  • Online back-up with SleepSecure 
  • Full access to all statistics 
  • Sleep aid through snore detection, wake-up weather report, and sleep notes 
  • Alarm settings that allow you to get music from your own library 

Best Variety: Calm

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Why some users love it… 

  • It has an easy-to-use interface, making navigating around the sleep app’s multiple catalogues. 
  • The sounds deliver through being relaxing. 

Why some users dislike it… 

  • There is no feature that allows you to share a meditation session with your friends, which some users would have liked. 
  • While recent studies have verified its stress-reducing properties, it is not a complete sure for conditions such as depression-induced insomnia. 

Compared to the other sleep apps that mainly track your sleeping patterns, Calm is better known for their catalogue of sleep-aiding media. From bedtime stories to calm tunes, it allows you to tune in and zone out every night. While there are some choices that come with the app’s free version, you can opt to pay for full access to all of Calm’s content. 

Its in-app purchases offer you not just additional music. Premium users also gain access to Calm Masterclasses and Calm Body programs. Both are created by the sleep app in collaboration with relaxation professionals to help you improve your mind, body, and (eventually) sleep. 

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Free  Paid 
  • Timed meditation options 
  • Guided and unguided mediation 
  • Free scenes and nature sounds 

 

  • An original Daily Calm every day 
  • Hours of guided meditations covering sleep, anxiety, stress, gratitude, and much more 
  • Masterclasses featuring world-renowned mindfulness experts 

 

 

Why some users love it… 

  • It has an easy-to-use interface, making navigating around the sleep app’s multiple catalogues. 
  • The sounds deliver through being relaxing. 

Why some users dislike it… 

  • There is no feature that allows you to share a meditation session with your friends, which some users would have liked. 
  • While recent studies have verified its stress-reducing properties, it is not a complete sure for conditions such as depression-induced insomnia. 

Best Meditation: Headspace 

Why some users love it… 

  • It offers a wide variety of subscription plans 
  • Its programs are often regarded as credible 

Why some users dislike it… 

  • The sleep app’s content greatly focuses on beginners, so it may come off as repetitive to those who are used to meditation and sleep apps 

Other than being the leading meditation app on the digital market, Headspace is one of the leading sleep apps as well. Much like a lesson plan, it provides guided meditation sessions that progress the more you use the app’s features. 

Headspace’s in-app purchases offer a holistic mind and body experience through sleep exercises, new meditations daily, and their Move Mode. 

Free  Paid 
  • The first level of the Basics course, which includes 10 sessions.   
  • 3 sessions of Today’s Meditation/Today’s Headspace 
  • The Stress Release and Reframing Anxiety Quick Workouts featured in our Move Mode 
  • Access to additional sleep casts, music, and audio clips designed to improve your sleep 
  • Access to exercise programs developed to improve your mental and physical strength 
  • Inspiring stories and mini-meditation sessions upon waking up 

 

Best Overall: Sleep Watch 

Why some users love it… 

  • Customer service is regarded as one of the most responsive and reliable 
  • Its compatibility with Apple Watch is a feature enjoyed by users of the gadget 

Why some users dislike it… 

  • The setup process became confusing for some users 

Sleep Watch is a sleep app that is especially compatible with Apple’s ecosystem. This is because its tracking and data visualization can both be done using both your iPhone and your Apple Watch. So, not only does the app track several metrics such as your heart rate, mood, and sleeping rhythm, but it also makes it easily accessible for you. 

Free  Paid 
  • General recording your sleep times and providing data for each sleep session 
  • Compatible with Apple Watch 
  • Smart bedtime reminders to help you fix your body clock 
  • Sleep Report Card keeps  
  • track of your data and allows you to compare your metrics over periods of time 

 

In conclusion… 

With new sleep apps that are always being introduced to the market, it only makes sense to put effort into getting the best one out there. Sleep Science hopes that with the help of our in-depth guides and reviews, you’ll be able to do just that. 

For more information on the latest sleep technology, you can read our review on sleep trackers or our review on weighted blankets.