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Sleep Aid Apps That Are Worth Your Money 2021

Having trouble catching Z's? We tested 10 of the top sleep aid apps to see which ones were worth it for a restful night of slumber.

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Quality sleep seems harder and harder to come by these days. With so many apps on the market claiming to help you snooze, we thought it was time to take each one to bed with us and see which ones are really worth your money. 

After our extensive research, Moshi came out on top, and at only $44.99 for an annual subscription, we think it’s an essential app if you struggle with your sleep. Want to know which other apps made our list and which apps completed our top 3? Read on to find out more.

Our Pick

Best overall to help the entire family sleep

  • Relaxing stories, sounds, music, and white noise for bedtime and beyond
    4.7 Ratings 51K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
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This family-friendly sleep sounds app is perfect for adults and children alike and is a fantastic option to help you enjoy a good night’s sleep. 

Why we chose Moshi:

  • Enjoy a 7-day free trial and sign up for as little as $44.99 for your first year ($59.99 thereafter.)
  • A visually pleasing app that you and your child will both enjoy.
  • The easy-to-use home screen makes navigating the app and finding the right sounds very straightforward.
  • Over 300 bedtime stories that are sure to help you fall asleep.
  • You can download sleep sounds for offline listening. 

It features a great range of sounds, music, and stories and you can even cater your experience to whether or not you want to relax, have a daytime nap, or go to sleep at the end of a hard day. The app is extremely well built, and, in our opinion, one of the best options on the market.

Read Moshi's Full Review
Runner Up

Reliable variety

  • Join the millions discovering the life-changing benefits of meditation with Calm
    4.6 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
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We enjoyed testing this app and found it very easy to use. It has a great range of music, sounds, and bedtime stories to choose from and a great timer feature that allows you to fall asleep without worrying about your battery. 

Why we chose Calm:

  • Includes a 7-day free trial and annual membership is only $69.99 for a wide range of features promoting relaxation and mindfulness
  • This comprehensive app has plenty of options to help you get to sleep, calm your mind, or relax your body.
  • Great design. The app is user-friendly, inviting, and easy to use.
  • Enjoy a new ‘Daily Calm’ on your app, so the content never gets boring or repetitive.

These guided meditations are fantastic for helping you relax. With prolonged use, you can track your app use and start to identify your triggers throughout the day. You’ll find a variety of great features when you use ‘Calm’ including sounds for meditation and a range of videos to help you stay calm overall, whether it’s for work, or to heal your body.

Read Calm's Full Review
Also Groovy

Healthier mind, healthier sleep

Headspace truly aims to help you get to the bottom of your sleep troubles. It features a wide variety of sounds and playlists and some very innovative features that are designed to help you enjoy better quality sleep. 

Why we chose Headspace:

  • Enjoy a 7-day free trial before signing up for a monthly subscription for $12.99 or join annually for $69.99.
  • Includes guided meditations, focus playlists, and video workouts to help you feel better in every area of your life.
  • Soundscapes give you 3D recordings from different parts of the world.
  • Includes expert advice on sleep to help you learn how to improve your own circadian rhythm. 

Fall asleep faster with ‘Sleep Radio’ an 8-hour playlist of the most popular sleep sounds. You can also make use of the ‘move’ and ‘meditate’ features, which will help you feel better during the daytime too.

Read Headspace's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Enjoy calmer day times and quicker bedtimes with this award-winning sleep & mindfulness app.

    Join the millions of parents who use Moshi to help their families relax, unwind, and sleep with over 85 hours of original audio stories, sleep sounds, meditations, white noise, and relaxing music that you won’t find in any other app. Includes special guest stories and meditations narrated by legends of stage and screen, including Goldie Hawn and Patrick Stewart.

    QUICKER BEDTIMES

    Moshi helps the entire family sleep soundly with over 200 pieces of completely original sleep content created by the BAFTA award-winning Moshi team.

    - 95% of parents surveyed agree that using the app makes bedtime less stressful¹.
    - Recommended by top sleep experts and physicians
    - Featured in "Hottest Health Trends 2020," NBC Today Show

    Moshi helps families fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up less. In a recent study², scientists at New York University discovered that when using Moshi, participants:

    - Fell asleep 28 minutes earlier on average
    - Slept for 22 minutes longer on average
    - Woke up 50% less throughout the night on average

    CALMER DAY TIMES

    Teach the entire family the basics of mindfulness with guided meditations designed to help the entire family relax, reduce anxiety, and manage negative thoughts.

    Mindfulness topics to encourage positive emotions in include:
    - Kindness
    - Gratitude
    - Positive thinking
    - Recalling joyful moments
    - Staying calm

    WHY MOSHI STORIES WORK

    - Moshi Stories are gentle rhyming journeys with dreamy lullaby style choruses
    - Music and ambient white noise are specifically designed to be relaxing
    - As each story progresses the narration becomes increasingly sleepy and ambient sounds diminish

    Cosy up and snuggle down with the adorable characters from the world of Moshi including:

    - SleepyPaws the Snoozy Koala and his eucalyptus-fueled imagination
    - Yawnsy the Sleepwalking Otter and his enchanted yawn
    - Nodkins the Bedtime Bunny and her ability to hop into any dream

    FEATURES TO SUPPORT CALMER DAY TIMES AND QUICKER BEDTIMES:

    - Original sleepy stories and calming meditations released each week
    - Audio-only. No need for screens before bedtime
    - Bite-sized meditations and deep breathing exercises for the whole family
    - Soothing sleep sounds and white noise tracks, including pink, velvet, and classic white noise
    - Loop and replay functions ensure sleep sounds play throughout the night if needed
    - Create multiple personalized playlists for any mood or family member
    - Tag stories, sleep sounds, meditations, music, and white noise tracks to quickly and easily find your family’s favorites
    - Explore curated playlists for specific situations like “Nap Time,” “Ease Anxiety,” “Bedtime,” and “Calm Down”

    Moshi’s originally-crafted Stories, Sleep Sounds, Guided Meditations, White Noise, and Soothing Music help to calm and relax, during the day or at bedtime.

    Proud to have received Google Editors’ Choice Award alongside apps such as Headspace and Calm.

    Don't just take our word for it…

    “Moshi has changed our lives for the better! We had to sit with my daughter reading story after story until she fell asleep...now we put Moshi on and she goes to sleep on her own! It’s honestly amazing!” - Vicky, Google Play User, 25 May 2020

    “I LOVE THIS APP. You can't beat a sleepy time story told by THE Patrick Stewart! ❤” - Niki, Google Play User, 8 Nov 2019

    Moshi is free to download and use, and there are no ads. A subset of the content is free to use.

    Some content is only available through an optional paid subscription. If you choose to subscribe, payment will be charged to your Google Account at confirmation of purchase.

    The Moshi annual subscription unlocks the full catalog of Stories, Meditations, Music, and Sleep Sounds available in the app for as long as you are subscribed.

    *Poll of 600 users, Apr 2019
    *30 children over 10 days, NYU Langone, August 2020
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $239.99 per item
    $12.99 - $59.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Calm is a leading app for meditation and sleep. Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses, and relaxing music. Recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts.

    Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users.

    Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit with your schedule. Topics include:

    * Calming Anxiety
    * Managing Stress
    * Deep Sleep
    * Focus and Concentration
    * Relationships
    * Breaking Habits
    * Happiness
    * Gratitude
    * Self-Esteem
    * Body Scan
    * Loving-Kindness
    * Forgiveness
    * Non-judgement
    * Commuting to work or school
    * Mindfulness at College
    * Mindfulness at Work
    * Walking meditation
    * Calm Kids
    * And so much more...

    Also featuring:

    * An original Daily Calm every day: a new 10-minute program added daily to help ease you into the day or unwind with before bed
    * 100+ Sleep Stories: adult bedtime stories guaranteed to lull you to sleep
    * 7 and 21 day programs for both beginner and advanced users
    * Life-changing Calm Masterclasses taught by world-renowned experts
    * Breathing exercises to help you relax
    * Exclusive music engineered to help you focus, relax or sleep
    * Unguided timed meditation
    * Open-ended meditation
    * 30+ soothing nature sounds and scenes to use during meditation, yoga or to help you sleep

    Track your progress with:

    * Daily streaks
    * Time spent meditating

    Calm is loved by the press:

    * “I’m generally wary of meditation apps because they sometimes weave in too much mystic talk for my taste. But Calm instead contains guidance like ‘Concentrate on your body’” - New York Times

    * “In the frenetic, crazy, digital world we live in, sometimes it's necessary to take a step back and smell the roses” - Mashable

    * “Eliminating distraction...ended up helping me relax and realize that all the stuff I was stressing about wasn't that big a deal” - Tech Republic

    * “Found myself similarly refreshed afterwards” - TechCrunch

    Calm is free to download and use, and there are no ads. A subset of the programs and features are free forever.

    Some content is only available through an optional paid subscription. If you choose to subscribe, payment will be charged to your Google Account at confirmation of purchase.

    Also check out our brand new app for Wear OS devices!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $399.99 per item
    $14.99 - $79.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Stress less. Sleep soundly. Get happy. Learn the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in a few minutes a day with Headspace. Choose from hundreds of guided meditations — everything from stress management and anxiety management meditations, to meditations for sleep, personal growth, and mind-body health.

    Simply download this guided meditation, mindfulness, and sleep app for free — then sit back, breathe, calm your thoughts, relax, and be kind to your mind. Meditate anytime, anywhere — and start living a more calm, healthier, happier life.

    About Headspace
    Headspace is your guide to meditation and mindfulness for everyday life. Learn meditation and mindfulness skills from world-class experts like Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, and develop tools to help you focus, breathe, stay calm, and find balance in your life — whether you need stress relief or help getting restful sleep.

    What this meditation and sleep app does
    The Headspace app teaches you how to meditate and live mindfully, with guided meditations on stress management, happiness, resilience, physical health, and more. Even if you’ve never meditated before, the free Basics course teaches you meditation essentials.

    In the Sleep by Headspace tab, you’ll find sleep meditations, relaxing sleep music, and sleepcasts to guide you to a place of calm and rest. If you have trouble falling asleep or problems with your sleep cycle, Sleep by Headspace can put your mind to bed.

    Courses:
    Learn skills to help deal with stress and anxiety, relax your mind, and more.
    ○ Stress & anxiety meditation: Managing Anxiety, Letting Go of Stress
    ○ Falling asleep & waking up meditation: Sleep, Restlessness
    ○ Work & productivity meditation: Finding Focus, Prioritization, Productivity, Creativity
    ○ Movement & sports meditation: Motivation, Focus, Training, Competition, Recovery
    ○ Physical health mindfulness and meditation courses: Mindful Eating, Pain Management, Pregnancy, Coping With Cancer
    ○ Student guided meditation: Dealing With Distractions, Leaving Home

    Focus:
    From meditations for working from home to concentration-boosting music, the new Focus tab is here to help you get in the zone. Tune in to the moment with Headspace’s Chief Music Officer, John Legend, and new music from artists like Madlib. Or choose from 12 different Focus music stations, including Lo-Fi Times and Corner Booth Jazz.

    Move Mode:
    Release stress and tension through fitness with Move Mode — mood-boosting, at-home workouts led by Olympian trainers. Includes:
    ○ Quick workouts – guided exercise videos for stress release, motivation, winding down, and more
    ○ 28-day courses – build a mindful fitness routine with a trainer-led course
    ○ Audio-guided cardio – mindful listening for your next run or walk

    The Wake Up:
    Start your morning with The Wake Up — a daily video series designed to brighten your day. Includes inspiring stories, advice from experts, and animations to make you smile.

    Sleep by Headspace:
    Create the ideal conditions for a calm, restful sleep.
    ○ Sleepcasts – original stories paired with relaxing sounds to help you unwind and calm racing thoughts
    ○ Sleep music – sounds and music create the perfect atmosphere for bedtime
    ○ Wind downs – guided exercises and meditations to prepare your mind and body for sleep

    Headspace Guided Meditation for Kids:
    Designed for young meditators. Topics include: Sleep, Wake Up, Calm, Paying Attention, and more.

    Headspace subscription
    Subscribe to Headspace and access the full Headspace library — including hundreds of meditations, mindfulness training, and calming breathing exercises.
    ○ Over 40 meditation courses on topics like stress and sleep
    ○ Dozens of one-off meditations and exercises to add mindfulness to your day
    ○ Short, mini-meditations — great for busy schedules
    ○ Full access to Sleep by Headspace and Move Mode — bring mindfulness and meditation to every part of your life
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $6.49 - $119.99 per item
    $12.99 - $94.99 per item
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