Fortunately I’ve come across a meditation music app that really helps!
It’s called ‘Soothing Sounds’ & is available for your Android phone or tablet.
Does it work? Yes: this app is great!
I often get myself off to sleep with a ‘Mellow’ playlist on my ‘phone. This is good, but the playlist wasn’t designed for that & more often than not songs come up that are a bit too lively & delay the process. I also use TV, although I know I shouldn’t; it’s generally been shown to be a bad idea. I’m often woken up in the middle of the night by noisy ads or a bright screen.
This however works ‘like a charm’, & I’ve been using it regularly ever since I downloaded it.
It has a large variety of relaxing ambient sounds to choose from: for instance beach, binaural, birds, crickets, frogs, a ticking clock, a heartbeat, rain, a rainforest, flowing water, a Tibetan bowl, whalesong, white noise, wind & a some ‘new-age’ style music.
Each sound is configurable: you change both volume & intensity.
You can select each sound individually or in groups of up to 10; you can then save any of the groups you create for later use.
I found it was as fun to play around with as it is useful as a sleep-aid!
I do have a couple of minor quibbles however. The app is quite big, & if you’re like me & have a budget ‘phone with limited memory you may struggle to find space for it.
I also had trouble getting the options to work. You can set silence, alarm & wake-up timers but I found the keys unresponsive.
To be honest I’ve had similar trouble with other apps so it may well be my ‘phone’s fault. If not it just needs a simple patch.
I usually charge my ‘phone overnight anyway so I’ve often just left it on all night. It’s actually pretty good to wake up to!
The bottom line however: it works, it’s fun & it costs spare change, so I can recommend it!
In my experience anything that helps you sleep when you’re having trouble dropping off is worth it, & ‘Soothing Sounds’ does exactly that.
Review written in collaboration with Lost Ego Studios