APP o f the WEEK

SLUM­BER (iOS, FREE WITH IN-APP PUR­CHASES)

Harefield Gazette - - TECH NOW -

I CAN sleep any­where, at any time, and on any sur­face, but the brief snatches of not be­ing able to nod off, I have ex­pe­ri­enced, have been hell on earth, so I can­not imag­ine what it must be like to suf­fer from ac­tual in­som­nia. And I hope I never find out.

But if I do, I will be turn­ing to an app called Slum­ber – the very name in­vokes vi­sions of Satur­day af­ter­noon naps. But this app’s not for the likes of me, it’s for those who find it hard to make the jour­ney to the land of nod in the first place.

It’s kind of a guided med­i­ta­tion app, but with the fo­cus very much on get­ting you off to sleep with sounds, sto­ries and guided ac­tiv­i­ties to slow your mind and ren­der you un­con­scious.

I can’t test it, of course, but if you need the help, you can trial it for a week be­fore you have to pay, and that should be enough time to find out if it does the job for you. Af­ter that, it’ll cost you £34.99 for 12 months of sto­ries and sound sleep. It could be the best money you spend all year.

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