Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging for many of us, especially if you have trouble with insomnia or chronic back pain. Fortunately, there are a number of different remedies you can try that will help alleviate your symptoms and improve your sleep, such as sleeping in a dark room or using certain calming techniques before bedtime. One way to do this is by downloading a sleep app, which can provide you with relaxation and mindfulness meditation techniques to help ease your stress and encourage better sleep habits. aura sleep app

One of the more interesting sleep apps to hit the market in recent years is Withings’ Aura total sleep system, a device that not only tracks how much you sleep but also helps you fall asleep by washing crimson sunset lights over your room and playing soothing ocean sounds and, in the morning, gently wakes you up with relaxing tunes. The whole thing comes with two parts: a sensor that goes under your mattress and a bedside device that looks like a lamp and speaker and communicates via Bluetooth to your iPhone (there’s no Android version yet).

Aura has one of the largest premium libraries for meditation content around, with thousands of guided and unguided meditations, sleep stories, coaching sessions, music and more from top mindfulness and life coaches and therapists. Some of the content is based on cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which is a proven method for changing sleep patterns and improving mental wellness.

All of the sleep information that you get from Aura is stored in the Health Mate app, which is a great-looking and easy-to-use platform that turns data into digestible graphs that can be viewed on your smartphone. You can see your sleep cycle, heart rate and other information in the Timeline section of the app, with each graph being displayed in a clear and logical fashion.

The Aura app isn’t without its shortcomings though. One of the biggest is that it can be a little overwhelming to navigate at first as when you open the app you are presented with what feels like an endless list of categories. This could be remedied by having a shortlist of categories offered on the main page, or perhaps having a dedicated categories tab in the app’s interface to avoid confusion and disengaging users.

Overall, we found the Aura sleep app to be a useful tool for monitoring and improving your sleep habits. Its light and sound programmes are genuinely effective for falling asleep and waking up, while the integration with Spotify means you can use whatever music you want, so long as you have a Spotify subscription (there’s no sample period included with the device). While it may not be perfect, we’re glad to see that there is now an option out there for tracking your sleep and mindfulness practice that actually makes sense.

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