Sleep mode: the 12 best apps and websites for instant shuteye

Stressed out by modern life, endless notifications, and spam (electronic or otherwise)? Have your tech help you doze.

When you’ve a billion things flying through your brain, it can be tricky to wind down and tune everything out.

If when your head hits the pillow, you feel like endless thoughts and demands carry on riffling through your mind, try these websites and apps to help you focus, relax, and get your 40 winks.

Websites to help you doze

If you’re wedded to a PC or Mac rather than a mobile device, these sites will help you snooze.


This oddball art project came into being when creator Eric Eberhardt was scanning a police department stream while playing ambient music in the background. He deemed this fusion worth passing along, and now 28 US cities are covered.

Select a city and you hear regular bursts of police action coupled with an atmospheric playlist piped from SoundCloud. It shouldn’t work to help you drift off, but it does – although we’d love a mixer to tone down the police feeds a touch.

Visit You are listening to Los Angeles


More traditional in nature, Noisli is all about the noise loops you’d expect when exploring apps to help you doze off. You get weather, water, trains, fans, white noise, and more, along with a groovy colour-cycling background (man).

Sounds can be randomised with a single click, and if you sign up (which is free), you can store favourite combinations and set timers. And if you’d prefer the system on your smartphone instead, you’re in luck: Noisli’s available for Android and iOS, priced ₹120.

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ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which is basically the tingles – that sensation that starts on your scalp and travels down your neck and spine, making you feel positive, relaxed and mildly euphoric.

It perhaps pays to have some healthy scepticism regarding the ‘science’ behind ASMR, but some people really do respond favourably to ‘triggers’ like softly spoken voices and quiet, repetitive sounds.

If that’s you, the likes of ASMR.fm and Reddit's subreddit offers links and information. Alternatively, jump right in by listing to videos by Heather Feather and GentleWhispering.

And, yes, even if it helps, it’s still a bit weird having someone whisper at you for hours from YouTube.

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