What are the best resources for falling asleep?

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    #1The National Sleep Foundation

    The National Sleep Foundation

    The National Sleep Foundation is a global advocate of healthy sleeping. It has all sorts of guides and videos to help you deal with all manner of sleep-related issues.

    Websites

    Free

    Frank Cole
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "Falling asleep was never a problem for me, but staying asleep is a different story. Looking for various ways to help with my sleep problems, I cam across the National Sleep Foundation. The National Sleep Foundation has been a great resource for me as there is a endless amount of information related to sleep. The information I have found on their website has helped improve my quality of sleep."
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    #2American Sleep Association

    American Sleep Association
    The primary mission of American Sleep Association is to improve public health by increasing awareness about the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep disorders.
    Websites

    Free

    Louis Valdez
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "Falling asleep has always been a problem for me. Once I'm asleep, I stay asleep, but getting there is an issue. Luckily the ASA a lot of resources. I read through them, took note of some tips, and tried them. And, it worked! I still have some problems some nights, but their site really helped me."
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    #3Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

    Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

    Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson is a guided meditation intended to help you overcome insomnia and get to sleep. Sleeping well is key in order to having a healthy and happy life, and using this app you will be able to sleep better.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $2.99

    Ayaan Rodrigues
    Written on February 4, 2017
    " Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson is a good tool for getting a restful nights sleep. I like that you can customize your pre-sleep routine. This app really has made a difference in my sleep and I awake in the morning feeling truly rested. It's definitely better than any other sleep app I've encountered"
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    #4Time Magazine: 4-7-8 Breathing

    Time Magazine: 4-7-8 Breathing
    Time magazine featured this breathing exercise that is designed to reduce stress and anxiety.
    Websites

    Free

    Scott Williams
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "I find this article to be interesting in the number of facts it contains. It really sheds light on how many people are struggling with sleep problems (though I think calling difficulty falling asleep because of stress "insomnia" is a bit of exaggeration). I can relate as a member of Generation Y myself and definitely concur that stress affects sleep quality. However, I think the title is a bit misleading with the promise of "falling asleep in less than a minute". I think you have to be truly and utterly exhausted (as in, have a newborn and one year old twins) to fall asleep in under a minute anytime."
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    #5The Good Sleep Guide

    The Good Sleep Guide
    The Good Sleep Guide is an essential tool for reducing the amount of time we spend lying awake, watching the minutes and hours tick by.
    Books

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    George Thomas
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "The Good Sleep Guide will definitely help me in my journey to fall asleep, as it's own research its done by the author from his very own problem of falling asleep. Rather than studying others, the author has found out ways they were able to tackle their problem, thus decided to share it with others. This makes me feel that the ways will be more sincere, coming from a good source as such. This book will really help me get my sleep back."
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    #6Sleep Better with Natural Therapies: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, Moving Sleep Cycles and Preventing Jet Lag

    Sleep Better with Natural Therapies: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Insomnia, Moving Sleep Cycles and Preventing Jet Lag
    Sleep Better with Natural Therapies' combines psychological treatments, such as CBT, with physiological ones, such as adjusting the biological clock, and demonstrates that it is possible to retrain the mind and change your learned associations with sleep in just a matter of weeks.
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    Shreyas Dasgupta
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "This book is incredible! I have been a long-time sufferer of (undiagnosed) insomnia. I used to average about 3 hours of sleep a night and it was incredibly rough on me health-wise. I read the advice offered by Mr. Smith and it has completely changed my life. He overcame these sleep issues himself, so he knows what he's talking about. I am sleeping like I used to when I was a kid! My favorite part of it all is that it is a natural, holitisic solution. Highly recommend!"
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    #7The Rabbit Who Wanted to Fall Asleep

    The Rabbit Who Wanted to Fall Asleep
    Written by a Swedish behavioural psychologist "The Rabbit Who Wanted to Fall Asleep" will help your child asleep in minutes.
    Books

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    Louis Rose
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "This was recommended by my pediatrician to help my child get to sleep. We had been having problems with him almost since he was born and this book helped a lot. It quickly became a part of our bed-time routine and my son really enjoys it. No more nightly battles, that's a win for me!"
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    #8Pzizz

    Pzizz
    Pzizz generates sounds that help you fall asleep. It generates new sounds each time you use it, so your mind can't get used to the same overplayed sounds. You don't need to organize a sound library or make your own mix.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Jacob Turner
    Written on July 31, 2017
    "Pzizz is an OK app, but it shouldn't cost money; there are apps as good if not better out there for helping people fall asleep, and they're free. Better to just turn on the white noise app if you want to fall asleep...Pzizz was all right, but it wasn't for me. "
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    #9Sound Asleep: The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well

    Sound Asleep: The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well
    Sound Asleep gives you the in-depth understanding you need to make your sleep more restful, more energising and more satisfactory.
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    Joshua Ramos
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "I've tried everything from herbal teas, to downloads of soothing sounds, but nothing has ever even come close to working on my bad sleep patterns like this book. It's a look at what could be causing the sleep problems, like partner in bed, or work, or bad dreams. It takes a different approach on a variety of topics. It's literally helped my sleep A LOT! I can't believe the number of things that can cause bad sleep, and now, you will know too....read this book, trust me, your happier mornings will be thanks enough."
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    #10Awoken

    Awoken
    If you're always being woken up by dreams then Woken is an excellent tool to help you get in control of your dreams. It'll guide you all the way from keeping a dream journal and understanding them better to controlling lucid dreams.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jose Harris
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "This app doesn't necessarily help you fall asleep, but it definitely made me more eager to head to bed! The first thing I do upon waking up is head to the app to track my dreams. Its helped me become more aware of what happens when I fall asleep, but still doesn't help me fall asleep any faster. "
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    #11sleep.org by The National Sleep Foundation

    sleep.org by The National Sleep Foundation
    sleep.org has been set up by the National Sleep Foundation to investigate the science behind sleep. This is a fairly new scientific field but the website is still full of great information.
    Websites

    Free

    Benito Trejo
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "I was having a hard time trying to get down a sleeping pattern that worked for me. When I found sleep.org, it really helped provide me with resources that I never thought of trying before. I am very thankful of these new tools that I have learned."
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    #12Amazon Basic Blackout Curtains

    Amazon Basic Blackout Curtains
    If you're having trouble sleeping it might be because your bedroom is too bright. Blackout curtains can make your bedrom pitch black.
    Other

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    Bryan Sanchez
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "The Amazon Basic Blackout Curtains really do the job in my bedroom. I work nights and generally sleep during the day so when I saw these gorgeous and affordable blackout curtains that even came with the tiebacks I was mused. I am now able to sleep without even a peep of light keeping me up thanks to these curtains, you can tell they are made of a quality fabric."
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    #13Sleep Music Delta Waves

    Sleep Music Delta Waves
    Relaxing Music to Help you Sleep
    Videos

    Free

    Gregory Ramos
    Written on February 9, 2017
    "Very Soothing! I like to meditate on a regular basis so this is very useful. I also help my very active 5 year old son relax by playing these soothing sounds to fall asleep. Thank you! I will add this to my playlist."
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    #14The Best Boring Books

    The Best Boring Books
    The Guardian has listed 10 of the Best Boring Books. With titles including The Anatomy of Melancholy and The Man Without Qualities the list of titles alone would probably put you to sleep.
    Websites

    Free

    Jesse King
    Written on September 21, 2017
    "Wow, if someone can't fall asleep, it would be me. I hae the worst trouble falling asleep so I have literally Googled almost every method there is. So I came acros this called the best boring books. Yet another huge waste of my time. Maybe one day all of us who can't sleep will find a way. "
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    #15Nightwave Sleep Assistant

    Nightwave Sleep Assistant
    The Nightwave Sleep Assisstant is doctor recommended for falling asleep. Nightwave silently guides you in a pre-sleep relaxation session in the privacy of your own bedroom.
    Other

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    Roger Ellis
    Written on July 19, 2017
    "Pretty sure the only reason why I bought the Nightwave Sleep Assisstant is because my exhausted mind really could not identify all the things wrong with it just by reading the description. This is effectively just a strobe light and well it should be pretty obvious that that's not something that commonly puts people to sleep. I understand light therapy is a real thing but also involves trained professionals not overpriced blinking lights and diodes."
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    #16Dr. Axe - Can't Sleep

    Dr. Axe - Can't Sleep
    A great infographic that includes 20 useful tips that'll help you get to sleep quickly
    Websites

    Free

    Adam Hunt
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "The thing about having trouble sleeping for long enough is that you end up trying everything. So thanks to Dr. Axe my bed now smells funny from me trying to use essential oils and after being bothered by that long enough I spent half the night washing my sheets, so obviously this list did the exact opposite of what it set out to do."
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    #17Coldplay - Parachutes

    Coldplay - Parachutes
    In 2008 a survey in the UK found that Coldplay topped the listof things that helped them get to sleep. Deep down you know it makes sense.
    Other

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    Jose Campbell
    Written on February 17, 2017
    "I was so sick of not being able to sleep. I was laying in bed forEVER tossing and turning. I finally went looking for some music that might help, and HALLELUJAH! I ran across Coldplay's first album, Parachutes. It seriously did the trick. I loaded it up on my iPod and put my head back on the pillow. That album was just perfect - moody, melodic, mellow - all the M's that matter (see what I did there? ha). Anyway, whenever I can't fall asleep now, I just kick back to Coldplay - Parachutes and it's snooze-fest time."
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    #18Guided Sleep Meditation Talkdown

    Guided Sleep Meditation Talkdown
    Drift off to sleep with this blissfully calm talk-down. Features very high quality ocean wave sounds - you can almost taste the sea air!
    Videos

    Free

    Frank Carroll
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "A guided sleep meditation with music, natural sounds and occasional soothing comments from a guide, talking. Ok, if you're into that sort of thing. I think it would have been more useful for me, without any talking. Not bad, but for me, there's better resources out there. YMMV."
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    #19My Pillow

    My Pillow
    If you're having problems with your pillow then chances are My Pillow will sort them out. My Pillows are completely adjustable and if you're fitted right you'll think it is thebest pillow you've ever had.
    Other

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    Chan Liu
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "I was waking up with neck pain every morning. A friend sent me My Pillow as a gift. I read the instructions: machine washable, dryable, made in the USA. I used it that same night and I think is really the best pillow I ever had. You can mold it to your needs, it keeps cool and it doesn't go flat. Is been a week since I started and I am more and more convinced that this pillow is the cure for sleep disorders, I go right to sleep after I snuggle My Pillow. "
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    #20SleepBot

    SleepBot

    SleepBoot is a sleep tracking app that tracks your sleep activity to help you get a good rest. You can also set a smart alarm that will automatically set the timer for when it's the best time for you to wake up.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Arthur Holland
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "This is the best sleep app available! I love that it is so easy to use, navigate and read. It tells me everything I want to know. The gentle alarm is exactly what I need when I wake in the morning. "
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    #21Relax Melodies

    Relax Melodies

    Sleep problems? Insomnia? This app will help you fall asleep very quickly: it has over 50 sounds that you can combine for a restful sleep, and you will be able to discover new sounds and share your favorite ones. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Roy Young
    Written on July 1, 2017
    "Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds is one of many smartphone apps designed to assist meditation and falling asleep. My biggest problem with this app is the sponsored ad content and the in-app purchase offers that pop up. It's distracting to be sold something when you're trying to fall asleep!"
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    #22Go To Bed - Bedtime Reminders and Sleep Tracking

    Go To Bed - Bedtime Reminders and Sleep Tracking
    A simple app that will remind you when is the best time to sleep. It includes a tracker and even you can compete with your friends.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Larry Jordan
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "If you have issues setting a normal bedtime and sticking to it, this app is for you. This app will enable you to set sleep reminders and also track your sleep so you know how much sleep you are getting each night."
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    #23Relaxing Sleep Music: Deep Sleeping Music

    Relaxing Sleep Music: Deep Sleeping Music
    Relaxing sleep music for deep sleeping and stress relief. Fall asleep to beautiful nature videos and use the relaxing music as sleeping music, soothing meditation music, relaxation music, study music and more.
    Videos

    Free

    Arthur Parker
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "This Youtube video contains three hours of soothing music and some peaceful imagery. I think it's a pretty good resource on the whole, though my one complaint is that the music gets a bit repetitive in places, and I find that distracting. My white noise machine may be more effective at putting me to sleep. "
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    #24Noisli

    Noisli

    Noisli is a multi-platform application and at the same time, a website that generates background noises such as coffee shop chatter, white, noise and more. This background noise and color generator that will help you to focus, to get relax‚ and even to sleep thanks to its pleasant audio environment.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Jordan Hudson
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "This app is amazing for anyone who needs to fall asleep and has difficulty. You can mix and match sounds and save combinations of sounds in order to help you get a background sound profile that will induce sleep quickly and effectively. A fabulous app for those who have trouble sleeping!"
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    #25Lagavulin

    Lagavulin
    A wee snort before bed will have you off in no time.
    Websites

    $51.57

    Adam Peters
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "I have to kind of laugh at the suggestion that this is considered a "resource to fall asleep". True, alcohol does get me sleepy, but I don't think that was the manufacturers of Lagavulin's intention. I don't think it's a good solution to helping someone fall asleep."
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    #26MAXROCK Sleeping Headphones

    MAXROCK Sleeping Headphones

    Total silicon house super comfortable to fit your ear for running, travel and sleep Universal build-in microphone for iPhone, Samsung, and most smart phones travel and sleep music best partner, total soft silicon comfort to wear, and in-ear Noise isolating earplugs.

    Electronics

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    Joan Ortiz
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "Sleeping headphones are a really hard thing to get right and I don't think MAXROCK has done it here. I need headphones to be very soft for me to fall asleep. If I can feel any part in my ear, I get uncomfortable and end up tossing and turning. I had this problem here. They made my ears uncomfortable and sleep was impossible. I suggest you look elsewhere."
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    #27TaoMix

    TaoMix
    Taomix is a relaxing ambience mixer app for Android and iOS devices, featuring a minimalist design and a friendly interface. It includes over 55 high quality sound loops.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Deborah Garza
    Written on March 28, 2017
    "I often have trouble falling asleep, and recently one of my friends suggested that the app TaoMix might help me with my sleep problems. It is fine, but really too high tech for me. I will stick to my good old white noise machine :)"
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    #28Music Therapy for Sound Sleep

    Music Therapy for Sound Sleep
    Music Therapy for Sound Sleep is a sound sleep application for Android devices designed for comforting your mind and helping you sleep better. It offers 8 music pieces and 12 ambient sounds to choose from.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Gloria Harper
    Written on November 15, 2017
    "First off, the app hasn't been updated in three years, so that's an automatic downvote from me. Secondly, there's really not that many options to choose from in terms of sounds, and also I feel like it needs more timer options. The interface is kind of ugly/old looking."
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    #29Sleep And Noise Sounds

    Sleep And Noise Sounds
    Sleep and Noise Sounds is a relaxing music app for Android that features a wide variety of ambience sounds that will help you relax and sleep. The app also pause incoming phone calls.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Joshua Hunt
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "This app seems promising and many of the reviews appear to be legitimate. However, it does not appear to have been updated recently. In fact, it was last updated in December of 2013. I would have to recommend not installing this app as it is fairly old and it was not programmed with newer versions of Android in mind. That being said, due to it not being optimized for current versions of the Android OS, there is the possibility that it won't work properly if at all. I recommend finding an app that hasn't been abandoned by its developer. Skip this one."
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    #30 White Noise Free

     White Noise Free
    White Noise Free is a relaxing music app for Android devices, featuring over 20 looped sounds with free downloads that will help you reduce stress and sleep well.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Kenneth Brown
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "I am like most people and sometimes I have trouble sleeping. My friend told me to try "white noise", he said it can really help your sleep patterns. I checked it out and it was awesome. There are many different types of sounds that will help you get to sleep and stay asleep."
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    #31waveen~ isochronic tones free

    waveen~ isochronic tones free

    Waveen~ isochronic tones free is an app offered by GDL Valley Co. The app turns your mobile device into a brainwave entertainment machine and allows you to choose different isochronic tones for relaxation and meditation.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Timothy Palmer
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This app has a variety of potential uses including helping in meditation and even lucid dreaming. I've yet to look into those yet, however. My goal, when I found this, was to find something that would help me drift off for a quick snooze during the short spans of time I have available for naps. I love naps, but when I only have 30 minutes available, I'd rather not spend 25 of those minutes just trying to quiet my mind. This does the trick. I can be out with 5-7 minutes and wake up surprisingly refreshed after a solid 20-minute nap. I wish the kids were still of napping age -- I'd try it on them in a heartbeat! "
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    #32Jinglow

    Jinglow

    Jinglow is a free white noise app for meditation developed by Mindfulness Studio in 2018 that requires iOS 9.0 version. It features a collection of ambient music, recording studio, and mixing soundtracks. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Borche Stefanov
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "You can listen to hundreds of guided meditations, white-noise, calming and ambient sounds, and much more. You can do body scans, you can even record and mix your own audio. All for free. It's much more than a white noise app, but it does everything a perfect white noise app should do. Perfect to get you ready for sleeping."
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    #33Stress Relief - A Spotify Playlist

    Stress Relief - A Spotify Playlist
    "Stress Relief" is a Spotify Playlist with plenty of songs that will help you to reduce your stress and anxiety.
    Websites

    Free- You need a Spotify account

    José Juan Sotelo
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "If by "stress relief" they mean that all your care with be gone ( like your care for living) then this is spot on. Otherwise, not so much. This playlist actually sucked my will to live right out. This should be titled "songs to throat punch people to". Unless you are looking for a reason to jump into traffic, avoid this one at all costs!"
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    #34Nightly

    Nightly

    Nightly is a free app for mobile devices which wants you to sleep better. It helps you to improve your sleep in different ways, faster and relaxed and avoiding bad dreams and unwanted wake-ups during the middle of the night.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Andrea Piña
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Can an app really help you fall sleep? The answer is yes! This worked wonders for not only me but my husband too!"
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    #35Lightning Bug

    Lightning Bug
    Lightning Bug is an ambience and white noise mixer app for Android devices, featuring over 200 sound loops ranging from ocean waves to electronic beats. Other utilities like local weather and alarm clock are also available.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jack Banks
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "I am not entirely convinced that this is for me. I would have to try it out firsthand to see if this app can really make me fall asleep faster. I would not say this is the best topic for falling asleep, but it is an interesting one."
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