How can sleep apps help you sleep better?

    By Daniel Malmros

    According to sleep experts, up to 10-15% of the Danish population suffers from severe and prolonged sleep problems. This can lead to serious overall problems. That's why it's important to find ways to improve your sleep quality. This includes getting into a healthy sleep pattern.

    Sleep apps 

    In recent years, we have become more aware of the quality of our sleep. One result is that sleep apps have started to gain more traction among many of us. Some are sceptical about using an app as a tool to improve their sleep - but there is actually evidence that sleep apps can be effective in alleviating sleep problems.

    There are different ways sleep apps can improve your sleep.

    First, sleep apps can help you track your sleep habits and sleep patterns. This information can be used to identify areas where improvements can be made. For example, if you often find yourself lying awake in the middle of the night, you may need to adjust your sleep rhythm or get into gear before bed.

    Second, sleep apps can provide guidance and support to help you change sleep habits. Many apps include educational material that can inform you about the principles of good sleep hygiene. Classic principles include avoiding caffeine before bed or creating a good relaxation routine to help you unwind before sleep. 

    Third, sleep apps can offer personalised support to help you overcome specific challenges with your sleep. This can be especially helpful for those who have trouble falling asleep or maintaining sleep during the night. Some apps offer relaxation exercises, white noise and other tools to help you sleep better.

    Hvil® is an example of a sleep app that can help you understand your sleep and sleep better. The app consists of a sleep diary and a tailor-made programme put together using smart technology, data and research.

    Using the daily records in the sleep diary, Hvil® can tailor a programme based on CBT-I, where you, the user, get in touch with sleep optimisation to deactivation, cognitive therapy and much more.