Rest and relaxation
There’s been an explosion in wearable tech claiming to monitor sleep, but what about drifting off? Powering down digital devices before bed
is sensible, but some smartphone apps can bring a new meaning to the term sound sleep – as long you’re using the speakers rather than staring at the screen.
is a clever little concoction whereby you can combine calming noises to create your own sleep soundscape. The app has more than 30 million users piecing together relaxing sounds, binaural beats and white noise set to play for a determined period of time. Anyone looking to become DJ Drowsy can do so for free with 50 sounds, or pay a premium subscription for more. Alternatively, access mixes made by other users or integrate your favourite songs.
Before the smartphone, Pzizz made MP3 players encouraging sleep at the touch of a button using psychoacoustics
– our brain’s response to specific sounds.
Fast forward to today and Pzizz has an app
working on the same principle, with celebrity admirers including the Duke of York and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, who tweeted
: ‘I love Pzizz’ and ‘Best I've used by a mile’. A free seven-day trial is followed by a fairly pricey subscription – but what price do you put on a sound night’s sleep?
Some apps cover multiple scenarios, but self-help guru Andrew Johnson
has individual £2.99 downloads to single out relaxation, power naps, deep sleep, weight loss, positivity, pregnancy and more.
User Stephen Graves is a fan and says: ‘Andrew’s soporific tones lull you into a trance. Individual apps address specific needs – some are practical, like ‘quit smoking’ or ‘public speaking’. Others veer into Paul McKenna-style wish-fulfilment like ‘Visualise Success’.’
We can’t promise all the apps we’ve selected will work for you, but in true Paul McKenna style, we hope you’ve been hypnotised by the choice.