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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page -

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.

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