Parents' Guide to

Sleepiest: The Sleeping App

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Soothing sounds, stories introduce device to nightly ritual.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free to try Health & Fitness
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Best app for sleep I've ever tried!

Best app I've ever found to aid in getting me to sleep and getting me back to sleep when I wake up in the night. Between Karissa and Abbe, I'm lulled with their warm, tender voices into a dream-like state. I especially love the ones where they guide you using the Breath. That really seems to calm me down. Thx so much. Please, more stories that have episodes so we can follow along each night.
age 2+

It's been a bit of a life saver

I started using Sleepiest around 6 months ago with my youngest, its been a lifesaver. I tend to put a sound called waves of Atlantis and then set the sleep timer for 25 mins and it's been working ever since. Occasionally we listen to a story together before bed, the voices are really soothing.I'd recommend this app to other parents.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

For adults who have trouble falling asleep, this collection of sounds and stories that gently distract you from your thoughts could be quite helpful; it's less clear how good an idea this is for kids. The white noise and background sounds are pretty standard. What makes Sleepiest: The Sleeping App stand out is the collection of stories, beautifully narrated by voice actors who have amazingly gentle and soothing voices. The pacing of the reading purposefully gets a bit slower toward the end of the story as the listener should hopefully be getting closer to falling asleep. Helpful functions, like automatically turning off after a set amount of time (or at the end of the story), make for a thoughtfully designed app. However, some families may feel reluctant to introduce a screen at a time of day when most experts suggest leaving screens untouched. Sure, listening to stories or sounds does not involve prolonged viewing on a device. But given that the typical recommendation is to leave devices out of the bedroom, especially at bedtime, using the app clearly goes against that advice. Plus, it could potentially be a distraction, particularly for teens and particularly if the device is their phone. With the use of parent controls, Sleepiest: The Sleeping App is a nice, well-designed, albeit pricey, app. Whether families feel comfortable introducing a piece of technology to help their kids sleep is a personal decision that only they can make.

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