Websites That Can Help You Sleep Better

Catch some ZZZs with these bedtime websites

Late night internet use can interfere with your sleep schedule, but there are some sites that are actually designed for bedtime. Bookmark these websites to help you sleep better at night.

These websites are accessible in any web browser. There are also mediation apps for iOS and Android to help improve sleep.

Best Sleep Cycle Calculator: SleepyTi.me

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

  • Simple and easy to use.

  • Works well in mobile web browsers.

What We Don't Like
  • Recommended sleep cycles are based on averages.

  • Bare bones with limited features.

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

SleepyTi.me is a simple sleep calculator. Just enter the time you need to wake up, and SleepyTi.me will suggest what time you should fall asleep by. 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 getting out bed, aim to wake up at one of these times to stay on track with your sleep cycle. Alternatively, you can enter your bedtime and get recommended wake-up times.

Best Rain Sounds: Rainy Mood

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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 lower quality.

  • Desktop version requires you to disable PC sleep mode.

Rainy Mood is a great website to have bookmarked for some soothing background noise that you can listen to for free with some headphones. This simple website plays a constant stream of rain and thunderstorm sounds. There's also a link at the bottom which changes day to day and gives you the option to play a suggested YouTube video of instrumental music mixed with the rainstorm sounds.

Best Sleep Music: Brain.fm

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What We Like
  • Highly customizable with multiple settings.

  • Large assortment of tracks available for premium users.

  • Skip tracks you don't like.

  • Android and iOS companion apps are available.

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

  • Free version is very limited.

  • No permanent free option available.

Like Rainy Mood, Brain.fm is another sound effect music service designed to help people rest. In fact, the tracks included on Brain.fm have been scientifically tested and proven to improve sleep. When you choose a sleep track, you can choose between tracks for a short nap or a full eight hours of sleep. Brain.fm 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 music that helps improve focus and relaxation.

Monitor Your Caffeine Intake: Caffeine Calculator

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

  • Calculations based on weight improve accuracy.

  • Free and simple to use.

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

  • Web page includes unnecessary text and ads.

Everyone knows that caffeine is a stimulant that can negatively impact sleep. Caffeine Informer's calculator can give you a good idea of where to draw the line on certain beverages that contain caffeine. Just pick a drink, enter your weight and see what the calculator recommends as a safe maximum daily intake. Keep in mind that caffeine can affect you for 5-6 hours after consuming it, so give yourself an appropriate cut-off time according to when you plan to turn in for the night.

Automatically Adjust Your Screen for Bedtime: F.lux

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

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

  • Available for multiple platforms.

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

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

  • Slightly affects color rendering.

Your computer monitor or mobile device screen might automatically adjust the screen brightness according to how much light is in the room, but F.lux is a tool that greatly enhances this feature. It actually tracks sunlight 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? The blue light emitted from screens tends to mess with your internal clock by tricking your body into thinking that it's daytime. F.lux tints your screens to a warm hue so that the light you're being exposed to at night doesn't affect your sleep cycle as much.