One of the main hindrances to a good night’s sleep is a busy mind, and with the hyper speed lifestyles most of us live these days, it’s no wonder that we end the day with racing thoughts and an overwhelming to-do list.
Meditation and mindfulness have been proven time and again as one of the best ways to relax our minds and bring us back to our natural states of peace and calm. To help you unwind before bed and get the best sleep possible, we’ve rounded up the best meditation apps.
Read on if you’re ready to replace “OMG” with “Ommmm.”
Insight Timer is one of the most popular free meditation apps out there and with over 8000 meditations, you’ll have ample opportunities to breathe and unwind. The meditations are led by some of the most well-known teachers in the world including Tara Brach, davidji, Ram Dass, and Moby.
Simple Habit doesn’t just have meditations for sleep- it has meditations for specific sleep issues like “can’t sleep,” “restless,” and “going to sleep.” The meditations are just five minutes, so they’re perfect for meditation newbies.
Yes, the Calm app has meditations to help you sleep, but even better? It has Sleep Stories! That’s right, you can relive your childhood and drift off to sleep to a relaxing night time story. With titles like A Calm Christmas, The Lavender Valley, and The Ocean’s Lullaby, you’re sure to be asleep in no time.
Stop, Breathe & Think
Even something as mindful as meditation can be done on autopilot if we don’t take the time to check in with ourselves. The Stop, Breathe & Think app solves this problem by guiding you to ask yourself how you’re feeling before you begin and choose a meditation that’s tailored to your current mood and headspace.
Breethe is an adaptation of the popular OMG. I can Meditate! app, created by meditation coach Lynne Goldberg. In addition to sleep meditations, it offers tools and guidance throughout your day, so you can keep your zen from sunrise to sunset.
Do you have a favourite meditation app? We’d love to hear from you!
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