Since I’m a very anxious person I don’t get a lot of sleep, mostly because my brain never shuts off. My main problem is actually falling sleep…and then hoping I stay asleep the whole night. I’ve tried numerous ways to try and calm my brain before bedtime, like sleepytime tea and melatonin pills, and they don’t work for me. I find that when I try to fall asleep in complete silence, my brain thinks it’s time to have a party. After a lot of sleepless nights, I finally turned to a sound machine, well, an app that turns my phone into a sound machine.
White noise is what most people prefer to fall asleep to. According to Popular Science, “White noise, if you’re using the technical definition, is a consistent noise that comes out evenly across all hearable frequencies. White noise is just an equal amount at every frequency, from low to high, that a human being can hear.”
Of course, you can purchase a white noise machine, but if you’re someone who goes through phases and can’t listen to the same thing every night, then a white noise app is the best way to go. Here are the best sound machine apps to download on your smartphone.
1. Relax Melodies by Ipnos Soft: This is my personal favorite and I use it almost every night. With 20 million downloads, over 11,000 reviews and a 5-star rating, it’s safe to say this app is reputable. It features 52 relaxing ambient sounds, four brainwave beats and you can mix up to 10 sounds together. You can set the app to turn off after a certain amount of time and it can even wake you up as an alarm. Recently, I’ve been falling asleep to the oscillating fan sound, but my other favorites include slow waves, fire crackles, and lapping water.
2. White Noise by TMSOFT: This app was featured on the Dr. Oz Show and Today on NBC. There are over 40 sounds and you can record your own sound, plus sounds can be mixed together. The app features an alarm and timer as well.
3. Thunderspace 4K by Franz Bruckoff: This app is a favorite of our photo editor and thousands of other people. It’s unique because it transports you into what seems like an actual thunderstorm. The app features realistic lightning flashes and real wind if you have a WiFi-enabled fan. The thunderstorm sounds were recorded using special headphones designed to replicate the exact way humans hear. Two different thunderstorms are included, and more with in-app purchases.
4. Sleep Pillow Sounds by Clear Sky Apps LTD: With over 17 thousand reviews and a 4.5-star rating, this app is a popular choice. There are 70 naturally recorded sounds and up to 300,00 sound combinations. It features an alarm and timer.