National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation’s mission is to improve health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Resources include an online support community, sleep facts and information, sleep products, and a Just for Fun section with top sleep songs, movies, books and lullabies. Sleep Diary.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Information on sleep disorders, book reviews, sleep hygiene help and fun articles such as “Sleepless in Japan,” an article about sleeping in a capsule hotel.
The Better Sleep Council
This organization provides information and resources about sleep, selecting a mattress and more. The BSC is devoted to educating the public about the importance of sleep to good health and quality of life and about the value of the mattress and sleep environment in pursuit of a good night’s sleep.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Links to articles and resources about sleep. Options include interactive quiz, articles for seniors, adults, and monitoring your child’s sleep.
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health- (NIH) supported research is shedding light on how sleep and lack of sleep affect the human body. Information about sleep deficiency and sleep deprivation is also offered.
Apps & Programs
Please note that LCL has identified these options but does not endorse any specific app, program, platform, or provider. The availability of apps changes frequently, and it is impractical for LCL to update this list accordingly.
Sleep As Android by Petr Nalevka
Alarm clock with sleep cycle tracker. Wakes you gently in light sleep for pleasant mornings. Features: sleep graph history, sleep deficit and deep sleep statistics, nature alarms (birds, sea, storm) with gradual volume up, alarm playlists from your music, lullabies for pleasant asleep, CAPTCHA to wake up on time, sleep talk or snoring recording and more.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (iPhone) by Maciek Drejak Labs
An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson by HiveBrain Software
For both iPhone and Android. This application is a guided meditation intended to help you overcome insomnia and get to sleep.
White Noise by TMsoft
Features ambient sounds of the environment like ocean waves, rainstorms, flowing streams, and more. Includes 40+ perfectly looped ambient sounds, audio background service so you can use other apps, and an advanced alarm and timer system that wakes you up refreshed.
Relax Melodies: A white noise ambience for sleep, meditation & yoga by Ipnos Software Inc.
Custom mix sounds for relaxation or sleep.
Skills for Alexa and Google Speakers:
- Sleep Sounds by Invoked Apps LLC
- Sweet Dreams by Stop, Breathe & Think
- Calm by Calm.com, Inc.
Music can be a valuable tool for stress management and relaxation. When using music to calm your body and spirit, it is important to choose music that is relaxing to you. There are various styles and genres of music and the style that is most comfortable for one person may be completely different from the style that relaxes another. Trial and error will help you decide which style works best for you. Some LCL staff favorites are:
- Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience by Liquid Mind and Chuck Wild (2007)
- Music and Rain for Yoga, Meditation and Deep Sleep by Ambient Elements (2009)
- Healing Piano – Steven Cravis (2010)
Know when to contact your doctor
Contact your doctor about your sleep if you experience any of the following:
- Persistent sleepiness, fatigue
- Loud snoring accompanied by pauses in breathing
- Persistent difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Morning headaches
- Inability to move while falling asleep or waking up
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times