Sleep is more vital to our health and well-being than we had ever known before. New research, summarized by Sleep Scientist Matt Walker in his TED talk last year, found sleep can impact more than just our mood.

Did you know Men who sleep 7 hours or more have larger testicles on average than men who slept 5 hours or less per night? Or that sleeping a full 7 hours of deep rest can help prevent weight gain by producing less ghrelin, a hormone that boosts appetite, and less of the stress hormone cortisol which increases risk of heart problems? In fact sleeping 7 hours or more stabilizes your blood sugar, improves female reproductive health, increases testosterone and sex drive in men, improves cognitive ability by 40% or more, reduces age-related cognitive decline and boosts your immune system. Most importantly it helps us commit short term memories to long-term. Less sleep means we remember less or less accurately what happened the previous day.

So you get it. Sleep is important. In fact it might just be one of the "10 commandants" of healthy living. Thou shalt sleep 7 hours per night. So what can we do about it?

Getting 7 hours of fully rested sleep is not an easy feat especially in today's world of noise, kids, screens, worries and other things in our environment.

There are many different sleep apps out there and we tested a lot of them together with our partners and ranked which ones were most popular. The winner was by far SleepScore for iOS and Android. This app helps you manage stress, anxiety and sleep using curated relaxation music, bedtime visualizations, meditation, hypnotherapy sessions and exercises to stimulate sleep.

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I can't get enough of this app and feel it has definately improved my sleep. It's sort of like a sleep training app and helps you to get a deeper more regenerative sleep and also monitor your progress.