5 Gadgets and Apps for a Better Sleep

5 Gadgets and Apps for a Better Sleep

Linda Nguyen | Jan. 10, 2018

There are many reasons why you might be burdened with sleepless nights, and while we might—first and foremost—suggest a no-screen policy for the bedroom, that doesn’t bar technology from coming to the rescue so you don’t wake up tired and bleary-eyed.

Peruse through this list of gadgets and apps that will help you have a better snooze!


Screen time is a part of winding down after a long day, but did you know that the subtle blue light your screen emits slows down your melatonin production? That’s the hormone that makes you sleepy. With f.lux, your screen adjusts to a warmer tone when the sun sets (based on your time zone) to avoid unwanted eye-strain.

Night Shift

Many new smartphone operating systems allow you to enable a night mode for your eye comfort, but if your phone doesn’t come equipped with this function, try Night Shift.


Marpac Dohm Classic Sound Machine

It may seem counterintuitive to introduce sound when you’re trying to catch some Z’s, but Marpac’s Dohm Classic is the exception (and recommended by podcast king Tim Ferris). Compact for your nightstand and easily customizable, the Marpac will knock you out with its hum better than any waterfall.


Created by insomniacs, the Dodow projects a blue light onto the ceiling and encourages you to match the rhythm of your breathing as the light expands and retracts. This lowers your brain activity—e.g. late night thinking—so you can snooze.


Music, stories, guided meditations (and more) are the powerful tools of this app to get you to rest easy. The app apparently boasts over 34 million users, including John Mayer. Wouldn’t it be nice to make your dreams a ‘Wonderland’?

Philips Somneo Sleep and Wake-Up Light

The winter gloom is hard to wake up to, but the appeal of the Philips Somneo comes from its simulation of a sunrise and sunset to gently wake up or lull you to sleep. It also comes with seven breathing rhythms to help you relax and unwind. Customizable, easy to control and unique on your nightstand, this digital clock does it all.


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