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FEW things in life are as important as getting a good night’s sleep. But in our ever-connected, always-on world today, it feels increasingly difficult to switch off and relax.
Our days are filled with phones ringing, messages beeping, emails flickering and chat boxes popping up. The constant stimulation of technology is enough to keep you awake at night.
It may be easier to fall asleep to the sound of a crackling fire or rain on the roof. And there’s an app for that.
Dropping off to sleep might be easier if you can relax, focus on breathing deeply or drift off with a guided meditation. There are a number of apps for iPhones and Android which aim to guide you gently to slumber-land.
If you never really feel rested when your alarm goes off in the morning, there’s a way around that too.
The SleepCycle app is the newest digital sleeping-aid craze and it’s spreading like a cult.
With the app installed, your iPhone’s accelerometer can monitor your physical movements during the night, charting when you are most likely in or out of a dream state.
To use it, set the app’s alarm clock to your ideal waking time and tuck the device under your sheet, near your head ( but not under your pillow).
The app will wake you as close to your alarm time as possible, but only when you are in what it deems a light sleep phase.
The desired result is that when you are awoken from a light sleep phase ( as opposed to deep sleep or REM), you will feel refreshed and well rested.