“The tour the France is won in bed.” That is what Joop Zoetemelk, one of the few Dutch Tour the France winners, once said. Another wise quote from Deepak Chopra; “The basis of hard work is deep rest and the basis of deep rest is hard work”. What do these sayings have in common? Sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives and greatly influences the way we experience our daily performance. Since we live in the age of technology, we asked ourselves the question: “How can technology increase the quality of our sleep?” In this blog we will present you different apps that will make you sleep like you just walked out of an Equal Yoga Yin class.
The Calm App is one of the most extended relaxation apps in the market. It offers you many different types of relaxation. From meditation to sleep stories and from body exercises to relaxing music. The Calm App has been downloaded more than 40 million times and won ‘App Of The Year’ twice. The sleep stories are partly read by celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey and Joanna Lumley and come in many different styles. From ‘stargazing’ and explanations about the universe, to different travel destinations, such as the Provence or Australia. Into train rides? Then listen to the Oriental Express Sleep Story. The app also provides different meditation exercises. Think of a complete body scan or exercises especially for people with anxiety problems. Interested? www.calm.com (free trial available).
Headspace is an app, fully focused on meditation. It teaches you how to meditate and live mindfully. There are hundreds of themed sessions, varying from stress relief to sleeping tricks to finding focus and dealing with anxiety. Live a busy lifestyle? Try the ‘Bity Sized Guided Meditation’. Feel panicked some times? The ‘SOS Exercises’ will help you. What we like about Headspace is the extended database of meditations and meditation styles. Curious about the app? Go to https://www.headspace.com/
Meditation Moments (for the Dutchies (or the ones who want to practice it)
Meditation Moments brings you meditation exercises and relaxing music. What’s special about this app is the voice of Michael Pylarczyk, which is warm and relaxing. Even if you can’t understand a single word of Dutch. The app offers you many different exercises, varying from ‘Start Your Day meditation’ to relaxing music. Busy schedule? Try the ‘Short Breaks’ meditations. Go see www.meditationmoments.com for more information.
SmartSleep is a Philips innovation that combines a wearable ‘sleeping headband’ with a mobile app. It promises to feel better rested without changing the duration of your sleep. The technique is developed with doctors and researchers and clinically proven to improve the quality of your sleep. 70% of its users reported feeling less tired during the day. SmartSleep is primarily made for people between the age of 18 and 50, who sleep less than 7 hours a night due to a busy lifestyle. Benefits include; more energy, a boost in alertness, and reduced daytime sleepiness. Curious? Check out https://www.philips.com/c-e/ifa/products/smartsleep-sleep-better.html