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The impact of Covid-19 on mental health is just as daunting as its physical repercussions. The toll of isolation, uncertain futures, unemployment, and the rollercoaster of emotions have left many with lockdown fatigue. Feelings of anxiety and bouts of depression are observed around the world and instead of feeling safe, secure, and well-rested in our homes, our sleeping patterns are disrupted and as environmental psychologist Lee Chambers tells Vogue, the feelings of constant fatigue are growing increasingly common. Without proper sleep, physical tiredness, headaches, and muscle tension will follow and even our emotions will be even harder to keep in check. Chambers explains that a consistent sleep routine will help keep our energy up and will help balance our hormones and emotions. Disconnecting from technology and media will help you relax and wind down. In addition, you can use sleeping apps to help regulate your sleeping pattern. Here are some of the best sleeping apps to help you beat lockdown fatigue.
Elle, Women's Health and Good Housekeeping recommend the Calm app that features bedtime stories for kids and adults, some of which are narrated by celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Mandy Moore and Harry Styles. It also includes soothing music and guided lessons on how to relax your body. There's a free and premium version and it's available for both iOs and Android users.
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Noisli is a simple app that allows you to create a sleeping soundtrack from a wide selection of sounds. You can either listen to one sound, like wind, white noise, and thunder, or make your own combination of sounds that you can save on the app for the nights ahead. Keep your phone plugged in for overnight use so you don't end up with a dead battery in the morning. The app only costs $2 and access to the Noisli website is free. Available for Android and iOs users.
Women's Health says this app is best for insomniacs. It uses psychoacoustics and works offline. The free version will allow you access to the "Classic Pzizz" features which include limited options to the premium content. The premium version of Pzizz has 100 billion sound sequences to help you nap, sleep, and wake up. Pzizz is available for both iOs and Android users.
Slumber is a good all-in-one app that features meditations, bedtime stories, and background noises. New stories and meditations are added weekly and you can get access to all of those if you upgrade to the premium version. Otherwise, the free version has many free episodes that you can enjoy. Slumber is only available to iOs users.
Elle and Women's Health also approve of the White Noise app which plays ambient sounds like rain and a crackling campfire to soothe you to sleep. It also allows you to cut and combine multiple tracks if that's what it takes to help to achieve a peaceful slumber. White Noise has a free version, but it has ads and may be distracting. The premium version eliminates those ads and if you're an iOs user, the app can be synchronized with Apple TV or the Apple Watch. You can get the White Noise app on Google Play or the Mac App Store.
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