Like many, I have trouble getting to sleep sometimes and use various methods to stop the thoughts going around in my head which prevent sleep. I often listen to podcasts but some are so interesting that I have to listen to the whole hour or so which kind of defeats the purpose – but others can be so boring I’m asleep within 5 minutes! I’ll write a review of my favourite podcast app and give you some suggestions of ones to subscribe to soon.
This app I’m reviewing for you plays soothing, pre-recorded or synthesized sounds to help you relax. I’ve had this version installed on my phone(s) for years now and I’m impressed it is still being updated and improved – at least until recently (more on this later).
Relax and Sleep has a large collection of ‘looping’ sounds that you can combine how you like to have a pleasant, soothing mix of ambient background sound in your headphones. I prefer the ‘in ear’ buds myself and often will just use one as I usually sleep on the same side and by the time I’m in ‘nod land’ I guess I remove it in my sleep as it isn’t usually still in when I awake in the morning so it must work well!
Some of the features I find useful are the count down timer (so it turns off after so many minutes or hours) with the option to fade out the sounds instead of an abrupt switch off. I like the custom presets too, so you can save your favourite four ‘mixes’. A preset that I like is the blend of these three sounds – Chinese Violin, Chorus Frogs and Rainstorm but I have other presets saved if I feel like a change. You adjust the volume of each sound to make a pleasing balance, save the preset and just turn the app on when you find it hard to get to sleep. The nature sounds are amazingly realistic, but some of the melodies are a little repetitious, so if you are one of those people who is annoyed by this just choose another sound to try.
With around 35 sounds and effects to choose from you should find the right combination that suits you. This is the main reason I return to using this one as there are others in the store that have similar effects but customising then to suit your personal tastes is not as simple and flexible as Relax and Sleep. The app can of course run without the screen on and the fade out option works very well, slowly reducing the volume of the sounds over around a minute.
Note that the developer has released a second version of this app (Relax and Sleep 2.0) but I personally prefer this version as in my opinion, it’s simpler to control, but you can try both and see which one suits you. The version 2.0 app is listed in the ‘more from developer’ area at the bottom of the Play Store listing.
Let us know what you think and which version you prefer in the comments below.
Relax and Sleep
Price : FREE
Size : 5.7Mb
Needs : Android 1.5+