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  • Can Sleep Apps Backfire?

    October 31, 2023

    Can Sleep Apps Backfire?

    Sleep Apps. Is all that Tracks Gold?

    Do you ever find yourself tossing and turning at night, desperately trying to fall asleep? Well, you're not alone. Many people struggle with getting a good night's sleep, and in this modern age, we turn to technology for help. Sleep apps have become increasingly popular, promising to lull us into a peaceful slumber. But can these sleep apps really deliver on their promises, or do they have the potential to backfire?

    Sleep Apps

    Are Sleep Apps a Dream Come True?

    On the surface, sleep apps seem like a dream come true (pun intended). They offer a variety of features, from soothing sounds and guided meditations to sleep tracking and smart alarms. With just a few taps on your phone, you can transform your bedroom into a tranquil oasis and drift off to dreamland.

    These apps claim to improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and even help with sleep disorders like insomnia. And for some people, they do seem to work like a charm. But for others, the results can be less than dreamy.

    When Sleep Apps Turn into Nightmares

    While sleep apps may work wonders for some, they can also have unintended consequences. One common issue is becoming too reliant on technology to fall asleep. Instead of relying on natural cues and relaxation techniques, users may become dependent on their sleep app to do the job.

    Another potential problem is that sleep apps can actually disrupt sleep. Some apps emit blue light, which can interfere with the body's production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. So, while you may think you're getting a good night's sleep, you could actually be sabotaging your body's natural sleep-wake cycle.

    What's more some people can find that sleep apps can make them be overly preoccupied by sleep and backfire as a result. Sometimes constantly thinking about a sleep can actually make it worse. This works in the same way as when you're a diet. For example, as soon as you decide to go on that diet your head starts swimming with images of cream buns. 

    Furthermore, everyone sleep requirements are different. Some people need a solid eight hours whilst others can merrily get on with their day with six. When it comes to sleep, not one size fits all. However , sleep apps are generic and can not be tailored to your individual requirements. In turn this can actually lead people down the yellow brick road to the land of insomnia.

    Don't Sleep on The Downsides

    It's important to remember that sleep apps are not a one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one person may not work for another. It's also worth noting that sleep apps are not a substitute for addressing underlying sleep issues or practicing good sleep hygiene.

    So, before you download that sleep app and expect it to work like magic, take a moment to consider the potential downsides. If you find that the app is causing more harm than good, it may be time to re-evaluate your sleep routine and seek other solutions. If you're really struggling then speak to a health professional.

    Final thoughts

    Sleep apps can be a helpful tool in your quest for a good night's sleep, but they are not without their drawbacks. It's important to approach them with a healthy dose of scepticism and to listen to your body's natural sleep cues. After all, there's no app that can replace the power of a good old-fashioned bedtime routine and a cosy pair of pajamas.

    So, the next time you find yourself struggling to fall asleep, instead of reaching for your phone, try some deep breathing exercises or read a book (preferably a boring one). Your body will thank you, and you'll be one step closer to a restful night's sleep.


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