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iSleep Easy contains a range of guided meditations to help users fall asleep and sleep better. There are four opening meditations (each is about five minutes in length) and four main meditations (each about ten minutes long). Users can customize the background sound, voice volume and sound volume of each audio track. There are also two ‘special’ meditations; one designed to be used if one wakes up in the middle of the night, and the other which allows the user to combine a custom mix of nature sounds and music. In the ‘Playlists’ section, users can create their own playlists using a combination of audio tracks, or use one of the preset playlists (‘relax into sleep’, ‘deep sleep’, and ‘letting go’). There are also sleep tips advising how to create a more relaxing sleeping environment.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 3.55/5.00

Research base 1/3
Research support 1/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 3/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2

Total 10/14

date of rating:  July 2017


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.01/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.40
Functionality: 3.63
Aesthetics: 2.33
Information: 3.70

Subjective quality score: 2.13

Perceived impact score: 2.42

Rating date: November 2017
Rated by: Queensland University


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Available for: Android 5.0 or later; iOS 8.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Developer: Meditation Oasis
Type of Treatment:  Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety; Sleeplessness
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider:No
Languages available in: English
Where to get it:
iTunesGoogle Play

Research on this App

While not reviewed as a sleep-specific app, iSleep Easy was included in a systematic review of 57 apps targeting pediatric chronic pain and pain-related difficulties (Smith et al., 2015). Apps were rated on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) in four different categories; pain management educational content, empirically supported pain management skills, engagement, and ease of use. Mean scores provided a measure of overall quality. iSleep Easy was one of 19 of the apps reviewed which received an overall rating of 4 or more (overall score 4.33) and as a result is recommended.

Studies evaluating sleep architecture of participants assigned to meditation versus control groups have found improved sleep quality among meditators. For example, in a polysomnography study of healthy male subjects between 30 and 60 years of age, meditators spend more time in slow wave sleep (SMS) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep with an enhanced number of sleep cycles (Pattanashetty et al., 2010).

  • Pattanashetty, R., Sathiamma, S., Talakkad, S., Nityananda, P., Trichur, R., & Kutty, B. M. (2010). Practitioners of vipassana meditation exhibit enhanced slow wave sleep and REM sleep states across different age groups. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 8(1), 34–41. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-8425.2009.00416.x
  • Smith, K., Iversen, C., Kossowsky, J., O’Dell, S., Gambhir, R., & Coakley, R. (2015). Apple apps for the management of pediatric pain and pain-related stress. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3(2), 93-107 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cpp0000092