It’s probably safe to say that almost everyone has experienced difficulty sleeping at some time in their life. According to research, those suffering from insomnia are up to 60% of the population in some cases. Trouble sleeping is more common in older adults, females, or those suffering from medical and mental health issues.
When you’re having trouble getting enough shut-eye, thankfully there are several apps to assist with that dilemma. Even better, many of them are free to download to use on your favorite electronic device or accessible online.
The consistent sound coming from a white noise machine is often a go-to option for those looking to drown out background clamor at bedtime. There are other “colors” produced by audio engineers each with different rhythmic properties that aid with getting a good night’s sleep. These soothing sounds often include noises made from:
- Home appliances especially fans
- Ticking devices such as a grandfather clock or heartbeat
- Rain and water
- Other types of weather like thunderstorms or sounds from the forest
- Nature including frogs, crickets, purring cats, and more
Some people enjoy listening to background travel noises made by traffic, planes, trains, and automobiles. Check out an extensive list of free and low-cost white noise generators available from Medical News Today.
Sleep sounds coming from Relax Melodies are a huge hit with users who create an account for access to this platform. Along with free noises are low-cost sounds including guided meditation, hypnosis options, and bedtime stories. One of the methods suggested is ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) which is a feeling of well-being. It’s a tingling sensation that starts at the head and travels down the body as a response to certain stimuli including particular sounds.
Nothing Much Happens
The Nothing Much Happens free podcast is described as a platform to hear “bedtime stories for grown-ups.” As the title suggests, the tales are very low-key and narrated by Kathryn Nicolai, a meditation and yoga teacher. Her calming voice and relaxing stories will have listeners nodding off in no time. Kathryn claims her “bedtime stories are like a soft nest for the mind,” and a “place for it to rest so that it doesn’t wander away and get into trouble.“
Although this app comes with a 7-day free trial and a monthly ($6.99) or yearly ($49.99) subscription rate afterward, there’s also a free browser-based version of Endel available online. The no-cost option plays sounds based on basic relaxation techniques like balance and flow to provide better sleep. There are also looped soundscapes designed to aid with better focus with movement and making connections while at work or school.