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Mobile Apps

Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds

January 6, 2021
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Description

The Relax Melodies app offers meditations that are designed to help the user to fall asleep, as well as programs to help the user to get back to sleep if they happen to wake up during the night. This app features guided meditations for kids as well. The app has options for a bedtime reminder, alarm, and general settings.

 

Overview

The Relax Melodies app’s interface is very user friendly. Each of the bottom tabs is organized into a different category. Sound icons highlighted in blue require headphones. This app utilizes different technology to enhance the user’s sleep: The app features isochronic tones, which are soundwaves that influence the brain in different ways, depending on the frequency. The app itself explains isochronic tones and provides information on each sound wave they offer. When combined with other sounds in the user’s custom mix, the isochronic tones blend in and remain subtle, helping you sleep without you even knowing it. Relax Melodies also features binaural beats, which are similar to isochronic tones, but these require headphones, as they utilize an oscillating sound. Once the user has selected their sounds or their curated mix, they can set a timer for how long they want the sounds to play. There are suggested timers already programmed (20 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour, etc.), but one is also able to customize this feature. There’s also a feature to decide whether the app should close once the sleep mix is done playing. The app also offers the option of stories rather than guided meditations.These stories come with their own sound mix, so you get the full experience of a soothing story and calming sounds to match. The stories vary in length and subject matter, providing a plethora of options for users of all ages. There are also stories designed specifically for kids.

 

Pros

The majority of meditations offered are to help guide the user through the process of falling and staying asleep, but this app also provides morning meditations. These can help the user to start the day on the right foot, keep them focused throughout the day, and help them recenter when times get stressful. Relax Melodies is currently offering a COVID-19: Pause & Retreat meditation, designed to help ease stress during the current state of affairs. All meditations can be played over one’s desired sound mix. The voices for both the meditations and stories are extremely relaxing. One voice is a calming female voice, while the other is a deep male voice. The sleep moves function are helpful on days when one is not particularly active in order to help guide both the mind and the body into a restful state.

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