World Sleep Day approved apps for relaxation 101

Zen, relax and chill out…

Written by Georgia Chappell

March 19, 2021

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To celebrate World Sleep Day, we have rounded up some of the best apps to help you chill out. Whether you are feeling stressed due to Covid, or you just fancy a little self-care, we’ve got you covered.

From coursework deadlines to multiple iced coffees, if your day-to-day life is keeping you up at night, then it’s probably time to introduce a relaxation routine.

How to relax your mind?

Switching off from work, school, relationships or anything else can be hard. We all know what it’s like when all you wanna do is sleep, but your brain is going 100mph. If you are struggling to relax your mind, a great way to zone out and drift off into another world is listening to relaxation apps, podcasts or sleep videos on YouTube. There’s no need to suffer through it. Keep reading to check out our fave relaxation apps, perfect for World Sleep Day.

our go-to apps for relaxation

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Scrolling on your phone can often feel like it has the opposite effect of relaxation. However, if you take a step back from Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok and instead channel your screen time into apps designed to benefit your mental health on World Sleep Day, then a phone can be a godsend.

We’ve gone to the app store and found the top 5 best-rated apps, guaranteed to help you sleep better, deal with your anxiety and just chill out.

What apps are best for relaxation?

  1. Calm
  2. 10% Happier
  3. Headspace
  4. Sleep Cycle


Ever wanted to try meditation but didn’t know how to get into it? Calm is basically the beginners guide you were looking for. Perfect for World Sleep Day, Choose from hundreds of guided meditation sessions, ranging from 3 minutes to 25 minutes, depending on how much time you want to dedicate from your day.

10% Happier

This app, also known as Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, does exactly what it says on the tin. It is created specifically for those people who think they are too fidgety to embrace the art of mindfulness and meditation. By taking baby steps you can work on making yourself a little more relaxed and joyful every day.


No list is complete without the Headspace app. Possibly one of the most popular relaxation apps out there, it was founded by a Buddhist monk and touches on teachings and meditation methods he has learned over the years. The basic free version offers support from those suffering a panic attack, those wanting to meditate and those looking to mindfulness advice. Give it a go on World Sleep Day.

Sleep Cycle

If you hate the sound of your alarm as much as we do, Sleep Cycle will be a godsend. A huge part of your mood throughout the day is based on how well you slept the night before. Simply set your “wake up phase” (that’s a period of 60 before your alarm) and the app will detect when you are at your lightest sleep during that time and wake you up. It prevents a nasty awakening and allows you to come round more naturally. No more getting up at the wrong side of the bed.


MyLife is a meditation and mindfulness app focussed on helping you find your quiet place. It allows you to track your emotions and recommends short guided meditations and mindfulness activities, based on how you feel that day. Whether you’re anxious, sleepless, hopeful, angry, or anything in between, they got your back.

Clothes for snoozing

In order to get into the right headspace for a World Sleep Day, it is key to be comfortable. Try slipping into your favourite pair of silk pyjamas or cosy loungewear for your relaxation session.