Websites That Can Help You Sleep Better

Catch some ZZZs with the help of these web-based tools

Ah, sleep. We all need about 7 to 8 hours of it every night, and yet so many of us don't get it thanks to work, school, family, and general distraction – including the internet!

If you're someone who struggles to get offline at a decent time of night, perhaps you can start to slowly shift your bad habit of using the internet as an excuse to stay up by visiting some of the following websites. They're just a few fun (and surprisingly popular) sites that offer tools to help you sleep better.

Bookmark them, read them, use them and watch how your sleep improves. While they certainly don't offer a complete solution for anyone with more serious sleep problems, they're at least helpful for some of those smaller sleep-related issues that we don't always think about.

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Not getting enough good quality sleep can lead to some painful mornings as you struggle with finding enough strength to resist hitting snooze again and again and again. Lucky for you, is a tool that may be able to help you fix that.

It's just a simple calculator that gets you to type in the time you need to wake up, and then uses it to offer you suggested times that you need to fall asleep. (Or you can just press the "zzz" button if you're planning on going to bed right now.)

You'll get a few suggested times based on counting backwards in sleep cycles from the time you put into the calculator. So if you don't want to struggle to wake up, aim to align your sleep with one of these times to stay on track with your sleep cycle.

What We Like
  • Offers several different methods to calculate ideal wake time.

  • Simple, easy to use, and good operation for most users.

  • Works well on a mobile web browser.

What We Don't Like
  • Sleep cycles are based on an averages so may be slightly inaccurate.

  • Bare bones with limited features.

  • Requires separate app or device for your wake-up alarm.

Rainy Mood

Sleeping Under Rain

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Whether you're at home, at work, on the school campus or maybe even waiting around in an airport, a nap can help you pass the time and help you feel refreshed when it's time to get back to whatever you need to do. Rainy Mood is a great website to have bookmarked for some soothing music you can listen to for free with some headphones.

As you might've guessed, this website is just a simple one that plays a constant stream of rain and thunderstorm sounds. There's also a link at the bottom labeled "Today's music," which changes day to day and gives you the option to play a suggested YouTube video of instrumental music mixed with the rainstorm sounds.

What We Like
  • Simple to use.

  • Companion app available for Android and iOS.

  • Pleasant background imagery.

  • White-noise is vibrant and realistic.

What We Don't Like
  • Only one type of white noise available.

  • Mobile app sound is of a lower quality.

  • Desktop version requires you to disable PC sleep mode.

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Like Rainy Mood, is another sound effect/music service designed for people who are more serious about using sounds to help them sleep. In fact, the tracks included on have been scientifically tested and proven to improve sleep. When you choose a sleep track, you can select one for a short nap or for a full eight hours of sleep. is a premium service, but you'll get to try a few tracks for free before you decide to pay for unlimited use. In addition to improving sleep, it also has tracks that help improve focus and relaxation.

What We Like
  • Highly functional with multiple setting choices.

  • You can skip a track if you don't like it.

  • Large assortment of tracks available for premium users.

  • Android and iOS companion apps are available.

What We Don't Like
  • No option to choose specific music.

  • Only "Focus" is available during the short, free trial.

  • No permanent free option available.


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Your computer monitor and mobile device screen might automatically adjust its brightness according to how much light is in the room, but F.lux is a tool that enhances this effect. It actually mimics the light according to the time of day, automatically changing the tint when the sun sets so that it looks more like indoor lighting.

Why is this useful? Well, the blue light emitted from screens tends to mess with your body clock, which is why F.lux is so handy. When exposed to blue light at night, it can trick your body into thinking that it's daytime, creating a response that essentially keeps you awake. F.lux tints your screens to a warm hue so that the light you're being exposed to at night doesn't affect your body clock as much.

What We Like
  • Auto-adjusts tint based on sunlight in your zip code location.

  • Manual tint adjustment is available.

  • App runs in the background without disturbing your other work.

  • Simple to use.

  • Available for multiple platforms.

What We Don't Like
  • Need to relaunch app to reopen the control window.

  • Mobile devices need to be jailbroken or rooted to use the app.

  • Makes computer work where colors are important more difficult.

Caffeine Calculator

Coffee and Calculator
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Are you a caffeine lover? Everyone knows that caffeine is a stimulant that can negatively impact sleep, and Caffeine Informer's calculator is a little tool that may just give you a good idea of where to draw the limit on certain beverages that contain caffeine.

Just pick a drink, enter your weight and see what the calculator recommends as a daily safe maximum intake. And for fun, the calculator even includes just how much might kill you (as if you could ever find it in you to consume such a ridiculous amount).

The website is really for entertainment purposes, but you can still use the daily safe maximum as a ballpark figure. Keep in mind that caffeine can affect you for up to about 5 to 6 hours after consuming it, so give yourself an appropriate cut-off time according to when you plan to turn in for the night.

What We Like
  • Large assortment of caffeinated drinks are included.

  • Simple to use.

  • Calculations based on weight are more accurate.

  • Free to use.

What We Don't Like
  • No companion mobile apps available.

  • Web page includes extra, unnecessary text.

  • Web app includes ads.