How useful are sleep apps really?

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

We use apps for everything; going places, talking to people, doing our shopping, and yes, even sleeping.

There are dozens of sleep apps out there, all claiming to improve your life in one way or another. But how useful are they really?

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Well, sleep apps can be helpful in improving something called “sleep hygiene,” a term which basically refers to the patterns and habits of your sleep. If you have a regular sleeping schedule where you get enough good-quality sleep, that’s good sleep hygiene. If you don’t, it’s bad.

Sleep apps can be useful for creating and sustaining this hygiene by tracking your sleeping patterns, giving you reminders and offering ways to de-stress and switch off.

So if you find yourself staying up too late too often and not able to get consistent sleep, then using a sleep app might be a solution.

But they’re not a solve-all.

Sleep deprivation can’t always be fixed by installing some fancy new software on your smartphone.

The debilitating, long term sleep deprivation that comes from sleep disorders can have serious consequences, and require serious attention.

Consequences like depression, heart disease and stroke, means attention like a consultation, sleep test and treatment.

So if you, or someone you know, has trouble sleeping, then use your phone to talk to your GP, and get in touch with us to find out how we can help, instead of just installing an app.

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This blog post is from Keystone Medical Media, a sub-entity of Keystone Content.

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