Insomniac: Best Sleep Ever with Alarm Clock, Sleep Cycle and White Noise Sound Machine! is an iPad and iPhone app that will help you ease off to sleep, and also remind you to go to bed! With a lot of customization options in the free version, and even more in the paid version, this app is sure to help you get the sleep you need when you start practicing better sleep habits.
Insomniac: Best Sleep Ever has a lot of great options. For the display you can change the background image, choose black or white text color, turn the backdrop on or off, show seconds, and hide the date. If you typically sleep through your alarm, then you can set a few to make sure you wake up in the morning! I also love that there is a SleepSmart option with multiple sleep sounds, and choose your timer length if you know that 10 minutes is enough, or if you need more like 75 minutes like I do.
I also appreciate that you can select whether to base your Sleep Cycle Calculator on wake-up time, or bedtime. This app is designed to help you sleep better, so it tracks your sleep and wake times through the night. If you base your tracking on your bed time, you are expected to roll over at some point and click the app. There is also the option to get this app to gently brighten to simulate the sun rising, which wakes you more naturally prior to the alarm sounding.
Does it Work?
I’ve only just started using Insomniac: Best Sleep Ever, so it’s hard to say if it works. The premise is good, and it has good reviews elsewhere. If you’re a believer in white noise, then this app will help you immensely. For myself, I get bored of the white noise and end up turning on a TV show with a sleep timer to drift off to. I do, however, know this is a horrible habit so I am trying to fix it with this app.
Optional upgrade for a small fee to get more backgrounds and the rise and shine option
Only two background options in free
Cannot add photos from your library for the background
Insomniac: Best Sleep Ever with Alarm Clock, Sleep Cycle and White Noise Sound Machine! Is an iPad and iPhone app that will help you improve your sleep hygiene by tracking your wake and sleep times. Using the white noise options, you can ease off to sleep naturally without the TV going, and this will help you to stay asleep longer and more deeply for a more restful sleep. Overall, this is a well-designed app, and the free version includes a lot of great features.
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