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10 Sleep Apps That’ll Have You Snoozing in No Time

Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1). If that’s you, you’re probably desperate to find anything that will help you get the suggested seven to nine hours of shut-eye (2). Enter: sleep apps.

Sleep apps specify certain sleep conditions (such as insomnia or sleep apnea) or treatment styles (such as breathing exercises and meditation), so you’re bound to find something that works for your individual needs.

Where to begin? “First, it’s is important to clearly define the problem you are having with sleep, so that the app you choose specializes in what you are struggling with,” says Chris Winter, MD, neurologist, sleep specialist, and author of The Rested Child and The Sleep Solution.

Once you’ve identified your sleep blockers, check our list of the best sleep apps, below, grab a weighted sleep mask, and enter a state of utter relaxation.

The 10 Best Sleep Apps for Restful Zzzs

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