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Sleep apps

Waking up tired? Need some help getting to sleep and staying asleep? Try out some of these handy apps*

*Of course, make sure you also do all those other things you know you need to do to improve sleep quality…  Technology will not magically save your sleep!

 

Screen Lighting

Different types of lights have different effects on our body. Blue light delays le release of the sleep hormone melatonin because it is like the sun’s rays. Alternatively, red light doesn’t seem to have the same effect – it’s more like a fire or candle. This is why many digital alarm clocks display in red numbers.flux app

Exposure to blue light from your tv, smartphone or tablet can delay melatonin production by 1 hour. Unfortunately for the smartphone junkies, this effect of delaying sleep cycles occurs even if you’ve stopped watching the blue-lit screen a couple hours before bed.

Luckily, there are many apps that you can use for your smartphone, tablet or laptop that changes the backlight to blue-base light. This effect is also softer on the eyes and reduces eye-strain if you’re watching in bed.

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Twilight – app

 

F.Lux – iPhone and laptop

Getting you to sleep

sleep cycle app smallSleep Cycle

  • Movement tracker
  • Optimal wake-up time alarm

 

sleep as android app iconSleep as Android

  • Optimal wake-up
  • Fall asleep & wake up sounds
  • Tracks snoring

 

sleep bot app iconSleep Bot

  • Night & morning alarms
  • Movement tracker
  • Optimal wake time
  • Correlate sounds & movements
  • Sleep debt log
Music & Meditation Apps to get you to sleep

Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

Stop, Think, Breathe Great meditation app that offers meditations based on your mood

Pzizz – This one has 1 billion customizable soundtracks to help you fall asleep!

About the Author

As an ND, Andréa strives to empower her patients to take an active role in their health and enjoy a happy and active lifestyle. With patients Andréa strives to stimulate the body’s innate power to heal through nutritional and lifestyle counseling, acupuncture and traditional Asian medicine, botanical medicine, and physical medicine.

During her medical education, Andréa completed a rotation in the Pain Management and Sports Medicine Clinic where she was a forerunner and advocate for the continuity and development of the Naturopathic Sports Medicine Group.Both personally and professionally, Andréa endeavors to achieve creative balance for the needs of the mind, body, and soul. She believes in personalized care and addressing the root cause of disease; working together with the patient to see from new perspectives and realize new goals.

As a former Queen’s Golden Gael varsity Track & Field pole vaulter, Andréa has continued to nurture her love of sport. She has completed the Olympic distance triathlon and enjoyed the Ottawa Marathon numerous times. Dr Proulx firmly believes that it is important to be an active member of the community. Combining her passion for health and education, Andréa is a volunteer with Planned Parenthood Ottawa. In addition, she contributes her time, energy and organizational zeal to the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association.