Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: Relax Melodies - Sleep zen sounds & white noise




Purpose of App: Relax Melodies offers 50 high quality ambient sounds to help relax.

Strengths: Can layer up to 10 sounds together, each at different volume levels. Offers a timer and alarm feature. Can continue to play sounds while accessing other apps.

Weaknesses: Could benefit from visually soothing pictures.

Suggested Audience:  Anyone and everyone who has stress, anxiety or trouble sleeping. Basically, everyone.

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(Free iPad)          (Free iPhone)
($2.99 iPad)        ($2.00 iPhone)

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Ads in Free versions. Links to website with relaxation tips and to additional apps available.
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Relax Melodies is more than just an electronic sound machine. This app offers quality relaxation sounds with plenty of room for customization. The app also offers little tips about relaxing as well as links to their articles about tension, sleep problems and how to de-stress.

Users can blend together up to 10 different sounds harmoniously to create the perfect sound combination for their mood. The volume of each sound in the combination can be modified so that you can create sounds, such as a river with just a hint of birds chirping. There are many combinations preloaded, and personal mixes can be saved and labeled for future use.

My favorite feature is that even when the app is closed, the sounds continue. This came in handy when my son was in sensory overload one day while we were out of the house. I was able to pull out my phone, start up one of the mixes I created for him and give him headphones. Then, I opened an app with pictures of whales for him to flip through. He could listen to the relaxing sounds while looking at picture,s which calmed him to help him reset.  If you want the sounds off when exiting the app, you will need to stop the melody before closing.

I would give this app 5 stars if there was an added visual component. Users can switch to a clock, but pictures of waterfalls or streams to go along with the sounds of the babbling brook could add another layer. As I said, I was able to switch to another app to find pictures for my son to focus on while listening to the soothing ocean, but it would be nice to be all inclusive.

The ability to set a timer, as well as alarms, is also available. I was able to set it up to play ambient noise in my son's room at night for 30 minutes while he wound down. Even when the iPad turned off, the sounds continued until the timer stopped it.

I admit, I couldn't quite figure out the point of the Binaural Beats. In the free version, there are two Binaural Beats available, Mid Alpha at 10Hz and Beta at 20Hz. These almost humming type sounds reportedly help relax the mind or improve concentration respectively. Played alone, I found them a bit annoying. You can blend them in with other ambient noises so that they aren't as noticeable. I can't testify that they work or not for the intended purpose, but after adding in other sounds on top I didn't notice them as an annoyance anymore. Note: you do need headphones in order to have the Binaural Beats play.

Upgrading to the premium version turns off ads, more than doubles the available sounds, provides more Binaural Beats, and allows users to add their own music files.

This is a great little app to help both kids and adults relax and find their happy place. The sounds are clear (not metallic or hollow), and the ability to blend your own perfect mix is so easy. Though I initially got this app to help with my son's anxiety and when he is having sensory overload, I have benefited from the soothing sounds when I'm overly stressed.

From iTunes:

Can’t sleep? In 20 minutes you will, or less.

Introducing the most popular sleep aid app! Start sleeping now and enjoy full nights of sleep like you haven’t in a long time! Here’s how it works:

Select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. Adjust the volume of each sound individually for better results. Lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. Is that simple and it works. Use timers and alarms if needed. Try different and new mixes every time!

Can also be used in many other situations. Perfect during some of your favorites activities such as relaxing at the spa, exercising in your yoga or relaxation classes, massaging sessions, or even when taking a nap! For parents, the ideal to help your baby fall asleep!

Just like our community of 10 millions users, say goodbye to insomnia, improve your health and feel better by getting back the sleep you deserve!

Special Mentions

Featured in Amazon’s Top Best Apps of 2012, People Magazine, Health Magazine, Knowyourmobile, Mashable, Autism Pluggedin, Healthline.com & many others!

Main Features

• 50 outstanding high quality ambient sounds
• 2 binaural beats frequencies for brainwave entrainment.
• 4 brainwave beats including Binaural & Isochronic frequencies.
• Mix up to 10 sounds all together!
• Individual volume adjustment for sounds and melodies.
• Thousands of ways to fall asleep by creating unique mixes.The possibilities are almost endless!
• Includes 8 off the shelf favorites for an easy startup.
• Create, Save, Name, Sort and Replay your favorites easily.
• Timer system to set a duration to your favorite mixes. Ideal when you’re going to bed.
• Enjoy an unique and beautiful interface for an easy selection of sounds.
• Blog access to tips & articles from experts to help you understand and improve your health.
• Discovery Mode. Search & share your mixes with our community of users!

Testimonies

Relaxing, and keeps me in a good mood. I literally fell asleep with it on! - Emma Fashion85

I'm a night shift nurse and this app is great for helping me relax and sleep during a busy and loud day! - KmoJmo4

I love the relaxing sounds - so soothing during a stressful day at work. Great for meditation or yoga too. - nwesnoth

This app is just GREAT. It helps my baby to go to sleep. I love it. Recommended 100% - HebertRincon

I love this app!! Helps me calm at work, concentrate when reading, sleep at night and just relax! - YogaNewbie25

About

Relax Melodies is the app by excellence for the most personalized sleep experience that you can possibly have. Within a few taps, create the perfect mix with the right ambience for you. The ability to choose from white noises ambient sounds and binaural beats gives you total customization for an unique and personal experience.

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Rachel H. admits to muting Candy Crush music and listening to this app in the background while waiting for her kid's school to get out.

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