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Japanese Alarm Clock Wakes You Up With the Sounds and Smells of Mom’s Cooking

Japanese Alarm Clock Wakes You Up With the Sounds and Smells of Mom’s Cooking

Did we mention it involves a large knife chopping next to your head?

The comforting, familiar sound of mom’s cooking or the terrifying bangs of a serial killer? You decide.

A new alarm clock from Japan wakes its users with not only sound, but smell as well. The Jikkalarm (jikka = “home”) is designed to mimic the sounds and smells of mom’s cooking.

“When the alarm goes off, the knife hits the cutting board at a fast pace to mimic the sound of someone preparing breakfast,” Rocket News 24 reported.

Additionally, “a mister blows miso soup-scented steam into your face,” detailed Eater.

There are two settings for the alarm: mom mode and newlywed mode. For mom mode, the knife hits the cutting board “at a fast and practiced pace,” while newlywed mode “is a bit clumsier.” Hilarious.

The Jikkalarm is not on sale just yet, but Rocket News predicts it will be a popular item once released, as it was showcased at the 2016 Maker Faire Tokyo.

Check out our story on how a lack of sleep can affect your diet.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


10 Best Sleep Apps to Download in 2021, According to Experts

Whether you're trying to help little ones fall asleep or are simply a restless adult yourself, these apps will help you sleep like a baby.

Struggling to catch enough zzz's? There's an app for that (no surprise there!). In fact, there are so many sleep apps that promise to help you fall (and stay) asleep that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth a try. That's where the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute come in. We got feedback from real consumers to determine the best sleep apps out there. Plus, we had Rachel Rothman, our chief technologist and director of engineering, report back on some of the best sleep-focused apps she's tested over the last year.

If you're feeling extra restless lately, you're not alone: More than five million Americans have issues getting to sleep each night, according to a 2019 study from Iowa State University. Getting yourself into the right headspace to sink into your pillows and quiet your mind isn't an easy task, and different resources work for different people. Some may enjoy guided meditation facilitated by experts &mdash others might rely on audio activities designed to ease anxiety in the moment. The apps on this list have multiple features designed to calm right before you put your phone down for the evening.

Whether you want to drift off to sweet sounds of nature, white noise, or a bedtime story, download one of these apps today to get the sleep you (so desperately) need. Sweet dreams!

*With additional reporting by Zee Krstic.

Headspace has made a name for itself as a meditation app, but it's also great for sleep. The free version has "sleepcasts," which are 45-55 minute-long audio experiences (kind of like adult bedtime stories) that help you visualize calming experiences, like a slow moving train or a walk through a garden. There are new stories every night, so you you'll never get bored. If you upgrade to the paid version, you'll get access to more than 40 themed meditation courses (like for sleep and stress), plus many more sleepcast and music options to help you wind down.

Cost: free for select content $95/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

This super simple app lets you choose from a bunch of different sounds (like thunder, wind, white noise, and even the buzz of a coffee shop) to create your ideal sleep soundtrack. You can create a combo of sounds you love that you can save in the app for future use. Pro tip: If you're using it overnight, keep your phone plugged in&mdashotherwise, you may wake up to a dead battery.

Cost: $2, website is free

Get it for iOS or Android.

With Pzizz, you can set a timer for the length of a sleep session so it plays a soothing dreamscape (read: combo of music, voiceovers, and sound effects) while you snooze then, you can wake up to the built-in alarm. You'll need to upgrade for more advanced features, like the ability to choose different sounds, but the app offers a seven-day free trial.

Cost: free for select features $60/year for full access

Get it for iOS or Android.

Slumber offers a combination of experiences to help you fall asleep, whether it's meditation focused, a six-part bedtime story series, or the sound of a warm jacuzzi. You can also choose a background noise (like rain or the ocean) to play for up to 10 hours after the main track ends. New sleep-inducing stories and meditations are added each week, and you can listen to them all if you upgrade to the premium version (otherwise, you can get many episodes for free).

Cost: free for 10+ episodes $40/year for full access

Get it for iOS.

Calm's app is super easy to use, and the Sleep Stories section has bedtime stories (for kids and adults!) read aloud by people with soothing voices, including celebrities like Matthew McConaughey. Only a few stories are included for free, but getting a subscription unlocks a huge library of meditations made specifically for sleep &mdash plus categories like stress and ASMR!

Cost: free for some features $70/year for full access (includes a seven-day free trial)

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you want to learn how you slept, the Sleep Cycle app is for you. It tracks your sleep patterns and provides tips to optimize your snooze time. Plus, it has an alarm clock that gently wakes you up when you're in your lightest sleep phase so you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Just keep in mind that no sleep tracker is 100% accurate so if you're really struggling with your sleep, you may need to see a dedicated sleep specialist.

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you still haven't found a sleep app that works for you, 10% Happier is worth a shot. It offers a wide range of meditations &mdash including ones for sleep &mdash that range from three minutes to 45 minutes to help you relax and fall asleep. There are also meditation courses spanning a variety of genres and the option to message a coach for extra support.

Cost: free for one session $15/month or $100/year for a subscription

Get it for iOS or Android.

If you like to establish a nightly routine that helps you ease your mind for bed, why not try journaling? You don't need an actual journal to do this, either. Reflectly is an intelligent journal that asks you guided questions and prompts you to organize your thoughts on what happened the day prior. It helps you, well, reflect on the day, on your thoughts, and any problems you may have faced. You may find yourself moving past thoughts that would have kept you up otherwise.

Cost: after a free trial, $24 for 3 months, or $48/year.

Get it for iOS and Android.

On the hunt for bedtime help with the little ones? Rothman says she has used this whimsical app with her children to calm them before bed, as it's a modern upgrade to story time. Sleepiest is loaded with bedtime stories that you can mark as favorites as you go, but it also features auditory meditative techniques like white noise to ease bedtime routines. Push notifications on a child's phone can remind them it's time for sleep, and soothing background music can help them drift off to sleep, too.

Cost: Free version, plus premium users charged $10/month, or $50/year.

Get it for iOS.

If kids' (or cartoon lovers!) are looking for an illustrated storybook to flick through before bed, this digital replacement brings fantastic worlds to life featuring real-life stars. Goldie Hawn recently launched a new audio with Moshi track to reduce kids' anxiety around germs and new daily routines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most stories last between 15 and 20 minutes long to engage kids while they get ready for sleep, and you can download them for instances where WiFi may not be available (i.e. traveling on planes!).

Cost: free limited version, or a premium subscription with more content is $40/year.


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