Sleep apps

Nearly everyone has difficulty getting to sleep from time to time, but for some people this can be a regular ongoing problem. Just over half of Kiwis say they never wake up feeling refreshed, while 25% report having ongoing sleep problems.

There are a variety of mobile apps available for use on your smartphone or tablet that can be helpful if you have sleep problems. Some apps enable you to track our sleep habits, similar to a sleep diary, and help you develop good sleep routines, while others try to assist you to fall asleep by using calming visual graphics and relaxing music. 

App name

Features

CBT-i Coach app

 
  • Sleep diary 
  • Education and information
  • Based on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia 
  • Reminders (to change sleep habits)

Pzziz app

  • Music and sound effects to induce sleep
  • Creates a different soundtrack with each use

Snore Lab app

  • Records snoring sounds
  • Calculates snore score 
  • Lifestyle tracking 


* These apps are awaiting clinical and user reviews. If you are interested in helping with reviews, contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz   

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for sleep:

  1. Koffel E, Kuhn E, Petsoulis N, et al. A randomized controlled pilot study of CBT-I Coach: Feasibility, acceptability, and potential impact of a mobile phone application for patients in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. Health Informatics J. 2016 Jun 27.
  2. Kuhn E, Weiss BJ, Taylor KL, et al. CBT-I Coach: A Description and Clinician Perceptions of a Mobile App for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. J Clin Sleep Med. 2016 Apr 15;12(4):597-606.
  3. Camacho M, Robertson M, Abdullatif J, et al. Smartphone apps for snoring. J Laryngol Otol. 2015 Oct;129(10):974-9.
  4. Ko PR, Kientz JA, Choe EK, et al. Consumer Sleep Technologies: A Review of the Landscape. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015 Dec 15;11(12):1455-61.
  5. Sands SA, Owens RL. Does my bed partner have OSA? There's an app for that! J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Jan 15;10(1):79-80.