VENICE BEACH, Calif. - Having trouble sleeping? Is your snoring driving your significant other bonkers? There are apps to help you.
We spoke to beachgoers here on a recent bright day to explore different sleep solutions. Here's a sampling:
- Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. (Apple; $1.99) Described by developer Maciek Drejak Labs as a "bio-alarm clock," the iPhone gets placed under the pillow at sleep time. "It shows you when you're in a deep sleep and when you're not in a deep sleep ... the cycle of when you're asleep," says user Samantha Parkinson of Chicago. "And then it wakes you up; it makes sure you get your full sleep cycle." Over a million people have "woken up rested" with the app, says the developer. But user Jen Matichuk stopped using it after one night. "I can wake up on my own, and I don't need something telling me when the perfect time to wake up is."
- White Noise ($1.99; Apple, Android). Extra co-anchor Maria Menounos uses the app every night. "I sleep with it." The app has 40 different sounds to play to soothe you to sleep, everything from an air-conditioner, water dripping and cars driving to waves crashing. Menounos' favorite: "Crickets chirping."
- Sleep Machine (Apple, $1.99). Another white-noise app, with more versatility. Has 91 sounds - from rain, thunder and waterfalls to fireplace and guitar strums - that can be mixed with traditional music. "I can push a button and have a thunderstorm," says fan Jon Taffer, host of Spike TV's Bar Rescue. " I can push another button and I'm at the beach. I put the sleep machine on, and I don't hear maids in the hallway." His favorite sleeptime sound of choice: "Thunderstorm at the beach. I have rain falling, I have the distant thunder, and the sound of waves in the background."
- Sleep Talk Recorder (99 cents, Apple; free, Android). "Do you talk in your sleep?" asks the developer, MadinSweden. Now you can find out. Scott Gray, of Scotland, bought it to find out who snores the most, he or his wife, Connie. The snoring was bad, "but mainly Connie, not me," he says. Another bonus: the app also "tells you how deep a sleep you had," he says, and comes with an alarm clock.