Sometimes no matter how many sheep you count, catching eight hours zzzz’s is impossible. Thankfully, there truly is an app for everything these days including new-age sheep counting alternatives proven effective in inducing high-quality sleep.

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If you suffer to nod off, interrupted sleep or chronic fatigue, trying a sleep app may be the key to unlocking a healthy sleep cycle.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue

  • Lingering tiredness or sleepiness.
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Sore or aching muscles.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Slowed reflexes and responses.
  • Impaired decision-making and judgement.
  • Moodiness, such as irritability.

Read on for five of our favourite sleep apps for a good night’s rest.

1. Calm

Designed with a two-prong approach, Calm is currently the number one app for sleep and meditation on the app store – and for good reason. It helps encourage sleep by reducing stress levels. It features educational meditation tutorials, calming videos, soothing storytelling, peaceful music and nature sounds. Also worth downloading is Breethe – with similar features and layout to Calm, we often switch between the two.

2. Deep Relax

Developed in 2013, Deep Relax harnesses the power of relaxation through sound.  The all-encompassing sound library features popular soothing sounds including wind chimes, rain and ocean waves. You can either opt for a single sound or combine more than one to create your own bespoke sleep soundtrack.

3. Headspace

Headspace is designed to give you the tools to be able to practise mindfulness and meditation in the comfort of your own home. With different sessions to choose from you can focus on areas such as breathing, happiness, exercise and also sleep. Pick your session and make your way through the course to unlock all of the benefits of adopting a mindful, meditative state.

4. Smiling Mind

Developed by psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind is a non-for-profit app with an unwavering mission: to make the self-care practice of mindfulness accessible to everyone. With a few short questions on sign up, this app can be tailored to your needs with sleep one of the many options to pick from. The meditation sessions for sleep cover breathing, sensing and connecting which are all vital steps in getting to sleep (and staying asleep!).

5. Sleep cycle

Sleep cycle, although isn’t designed to send you off to sleep is a great app to download if you want to track your sleep patterns and wake up rested. Using the accelerometer inside your phone (the part that knows when you turn it sideways), it detects and charts your movements as you sleep. Then, it intelligently uses this data to gently wake you at the optimal time in your 'wake up phase' - you can set this between 90 and 10 minutes. Waking up in the right phase ensures you feel naturally rested and energised.

While apps can make a huge difference, most poor sleepers will benefit from some form of supplementation.

Try adding a magnesium supplement to your daily routine. Magnesium has been found to assist sleep regulation. Studies show that 72 percent of adults do not receive the recommended daily intake of magnesium. A magnesium deficiency, can impact energy, sleep, muscle recovery, cardiovascular support and brain function.

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