How to Sleep Better: 7 Free Tools to Get a Good Night’s Rest

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Getting a good night’s sleep can be incredibly elusive for many people out there.  While you’ve probably read many articles on how to sleep better, here are several free tools you can try out, which will help you get a good rest.

1. How to automatically adjust the brightness of your screen to help you sleep better

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Without going too much into medical jargon, it’s well known fact that melatonin helps you get sleepy, and is production is inhibited by light.  That’s why many articles out there discourage the use of the computer just before you go to bed because of the brightness of the screen.

F.lux is an amazing free tool which sits in the background (with a very tiny memory footprint) which plays with your screen settings to match the time of the day.  It will make your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time.

When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.  Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. F.lux will do the rest, automatically.  Highly recommended.

2. How to track your sleeping patterns easily

yawnlog

Yawnlog is a cool website where you can set targets and track your sleep-cycles so you understand your sleeping patterns and relevant activity.  If you keep up with it for a few weeks, you may just understand what type of activities cause you sleeping problems, and how much sleep you’re missing from it as a result. 

It also has a social element which allows you to share your sleep and track how other people are sleeping. 

3. How to use white noise to help you sleep

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If you took all of the tones and frequencies that a human could hear and combined them together, you would have white noise.  The result is simple static sound which in many cases aids sleep because the brain can tune it out quite easily as background noise, and it masks other sounds.

My favorite place to get white noise is SimplyNoise, a cool online tool which allows you to choose the type and intensity of white noise.  On top of that, it lets you download free MP3s as well so you can enjoy gapless playback offline or on your iPod .

4. How to get relaxing zen ambient loops to help you sleep

zendesk

Zendesk FM3 Buddha Machine Wall is a web based tool which provides some extremely relaxing ambient sounds.  You can even combine together to make the perfect relaxation zen loop for you to relax.  Think of it as a web version of the extremely successful transistor radio toy launched in 2005

5. Where to read some supertips on how to sleep better

Here are some extremely good reading blogposts how to get a good night’s rest.  Tech tools are good, but works even better when supplemented with these techniques.

6. How to use your iPhone to help you sleep better

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Well, it goes without saying that there’s an app for this problem :)  Custom Sounds of Nature Lite is a soothing free iPhone app which allows you to listen to some ambient noise to help you relax.

7. How to generate ambient sounds using a Mac to help you sleep better

dlooch

dlooch is a free Mac OSX dashboard app which generates evolving ambient sounds.  This means that you won’t be looping the same sounds over and over again, but instead have them sound as natural as possible.

Do you have any sleeping tips?  Share them with us in the comments :)

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