Developer: Jingliang Chen

Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

If you have an odd sleep schedule, sufferer from insomnia, or simply simply want to help with relaxation, you might often look around the App Store for an app to help you relax, sleep or even meditate. Sleep+ boasts of offering relaxing sounds and music to help you do just that.

This app offers 15 music tracks that are varying lengths. The ones at the start of the playlist are longer about 14-25 minutes or so, while the bottom half offers selections from 3-6 minutes long. Overall it does provide around two hours of soft melodic music to help you relax, or drift to sleep. As someone who sometimes has difficulty falling asleep but usually cannot fall asleep to music of any sort, I was interested to try out Sleep+ to see how it differs or compares to other ambient sound apps I’ve tried.

To begin with the UI and graphics are beautiful. I think the design is great, as is the music itself, however that it may simply be a bit overpriced for what it is offering. While the retina display quality images are very nice, they’re not really necessary in an app that most likely will be used with your eyes closed if you’re trying to fall asleep.

It’s a simple app to use and I very much enjoyed the auto-shut down setting option, which is a no-brainier feature for an app such as this. The shuffle/repeat options, which are sometimes missing from other sleep aid apps, were a welcome addition as well. Moving from one track to the next is super easy simply flicking left or right. I do very much like that it works with multi-tasking. Finally, the music itself was beautiful but I would not say that it was any more relaxing than any other sort of classical or instrumental play-list. There are no background nature sounds, or ambient tones, it’s simply beautiful music that may even be great as background tunes for a romantic dinner.

If this app were priced at only $0.99 I’d say that it’s a bargain, and at first launch it was only $1.99, now at $3.99 it might be just a bit too pricey. I know there are many people out there who love falling asleep to music, and if you want to be sure to get quality sounds, graphics and reliable auto-shut off, then I suggest you try Sleep+

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