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Apps and Resources

If you would like to talk with a health care provider about your sleep, please make an appointment at Student Health Service. 

Smart phone apps to help you sleep better:

  • SleepyTime - Bedtime Calculator: Helps you decide what time you should go to bed to get enough sleep.
  • Sleep Genius: Helps you find your ideal bedtime, provides a relaxation program, and has a progressive alarm that slowly wakes you up.
  • Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax: Teaches meditation, breathing exercises, and provides nature sounds and scenes.
  • Relax Melodies - Sleep Sounds: Has 52 sleep sounds and white noise

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I):

  • Online Programs:
    • SHUTi: 6-week online program with weekly CBT-I strategy and learning sessions personalized to you. Each session takes 25-45 minutes to complete.
    • CBT for Insomnia: 5-week online program with weekly sessions with personalized feedback.
  • App available on smart phone:
    • CBTI Coach: Free a on iOS and android. This app helps you learn about sleep, develop positive sleep routines, and improve sleep environments.

Helpful websites about sleep:


If you would like to read more about any of these sleep topics discussed on these pages, feel free to browse the references below. 

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