Our Best Picks for Laid-Back Apps

Chill out and keep up with these useful apps to encourage relaxation and good time management.

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Sleep Cycle

(iPhone, iPod Touch; itunes.apple.com; 99 cents)

Many adults with ADHD have trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep. Sleep Cycle monitors your movements in bed, through your iPhone, and determines the best time to wake you up. During sleep, you go through light, deep, and REM phases. To feel refreshed and rested, it is best to wake during a light phase. The app will wake you at the optimal time, with the music or sound that you choose. Once you set the alarm, place your iPhone under a fitted sheet in the corner nearest your head. Sleep Cycle analyzes your sleep patterns in graph form and measures your total sleep time. Users can input their pre-bedtime activities to monitor their impact on their sleep.

White Noise

(Mac, iPhone; itunes.apple.com. Android; play.google.com; both $1.99)

Ambient sounds help a lot of ADDers relax or get to sleep by blocking out a snoring husband or whirring police car sirens. White Noise lets you select over 40 ambient sounds that cause your brain to produce calming alpha waves. The menu includes the old standbys (Ocean, Streams, and Rain Storms) and some unusual sounds, like Tibetan Singing Bowl and Cat Purring. ADDers who chill out best with manmade sounds can choose Clothes Dryer, Fan, Vacuum, or Washer. You can create new sounds by changing the pitch. White Noise has a digital clock, in multiple colors, that you can dim.

Put Things Off

(iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad; $1.99; itunes.apple.com)

Procrastinators, rejoice. You may get more done by putting a few things off for another day. Put Things Off is a simple productivity app that doesn't require you to learn a complicated system to categorize tasks. You create tasks, group them in stacks, and, with one tap, assign them to four main sections: Inbox, Today, Put Off, and Done. For an additional fee, you can add tasks from a web browser to your device. The tasks that you put off are captured--not dropped off and lost, as happens with paper lists. The app will remind you in three days, or on any date that you choose, that the task still needs to be done.


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