Trouble Sleeping? Relaxation Apps that work

There are many relaxation apps available which can make choosing one a difficult task.  I have found the following apps by Andrew Johnson to be very effective.  They are available for Apple products, Android products, Windows 7 phones and Blackberry. I have only used the Apple versions, but am assuming the other versions will be very similar as they are made by the same company, HiveBrain Software. The prices for the apps will vary depending on the platform (ie. Android, Windows etc).

What I like about these apps:

  • use a combination of relaxation techniques (breathing, muscle tensing/relaxing, visualization/imagery, autogenics)
  • low pressure (cues to not worry if you get distracted during the session)
  • music and voice are relaxing (this is a personal preference which is why I like relaxation apps that offer free versions to try them out).
  • can customize the paid versions
  • app still runs when you use the sleep button on your iPhone to turn off the screen

What is different between these four apps:

Relax with Andrew Johnson Lite: This is the free version.  You can choose to play this version with instructions at the beginning, or to leave the instructions out.  At the end of the session, Andrew’s voice gets louder and he “wakes” you up.

Relax with Andrew Johnson:  This version costs $2.99 on iTunes .  It is like the Lite version, but has a longer relaxation section and you can customize the app to:

  • Include or exclude the beginning instructions
  • Have short or long relaxation introduction
  • Select the number of times you want to repeat the main section
  • Select the ending to 1) “Awaken” you 2) allow you to “Sleep” or 3) set a “Delayed Wake”

Power Nap with Andrew Johnson:  This is a free app.  When you download it, it will read on your screen as “Energy Boost”.  The pace seems slower than the Relax version.  There is no customizing.  The app ends with visualizing/imagining having more energy (hence the “Energy Boost”).

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson:  This version costs $2.99 on iTunes (there is no free version).  This app is written specifically for helping you to fall asleep.  The pace seems slower than the Relax app, and the background music is quieter. You can customize it to:

  • Include or exclude the beginning instructions
  • Select the number of times you want to repeat the main section
  • Select the ending to 1)”Awaken” you 2) allow you to “Sleep” or 3) set a “Delayed Wake”

I have had one client tell me that he has not heard the ending of Deep Sleep because he falls asleep before the end of the app.

To check out the apps for:

Apple (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad):  Click on the above app titles to check on iTunes preview

Android phones: Click here to view hivebrain apps

Windows 7 phones: Click here to view hivebrain apps

Blackberry phones: Click here to view the Relax app (I couldn’t find the free version)

What relaxation apps have you found helpful?

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