I have a very busy, hard to shut up brain and falling (and staying) asleep has always been a problem for me. A few months ago I came across the guided relaxation/hypnosis/meditation programs by
in the google play store and started listening to them in bed as I fall asleep. They are wonderful. I want more, and I want to be able to do this more comfortably.
Those apps have been life changing for me. I thought they would be total nonsense, and I refer to them as "my stupid relaxation thingies" because I am still in disbelief, but they truly are fantastic. I fall asleep in no time flat and my stress levels are markedly lower since I started using them. Sometimes I use them during the day to de-stress as well (you can choose to have the program end either with sleep or wakefulness). I attribute my having been able to get through the insanity of the days leading up to my wedding largely to those stupid recordings. I don't know how much effect (if any) the messages for each specific one has (Postivity, Stop Procrastination, Confidence, etc.) but I like having the variety. I have purchased pretty much all of the Andrew Johnson ones except for the ones that are clearly unrelated (pregnancy, exam prep, quitting smoking). The Deep Sleep one is by far my favourite and is what I use when I need to break out the big guns. I would love to have even more of this type of thing to choose from when I go to sleep. What do you recommend, or do I already have the best that is out there?
Features I like:
- the thorough guided relaxation process before the main program message
- ability to choose how many times the main program loops
- relaxing voice
- able to choose whether the program ends with sleep or wakefulness
- can be played on my phone (Android)
My setup isn't perfect though. I bought the flattest, tiniest earbuds I could find in the hopes that they wouldn't poke and hurt my ears while I lay on my side on my pillow. They still aren't super comfortable, though, and because my husband snores I usually end up waking up shortly after the program ends and have to take out the ear buds and put in my earplugs. If I could avoid that step that would be nice. I heard about Sleep Phones
and it sounds like they are meant for exactly this. I was wondering if anyone knows if they are worthwhile, or if there is a better option for listening in bed? (NOTE: pillow speakers aren't an option as it would disturb my husband)