For optimal mental and physical health, it is crucial to obtain enough sleep each night, ideally seven or eight hours. Unfortunately, getting a good night’s rest is easier said than done when you have to deal with the pressures of work, family, and the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
The good news is that a plethora of useful technological items are available. Some of them, such as smart lights and temperature-controlled mattresses (such as Eight Sleep), have already been detailed on GearBrain. Here, though, we’ll zero in on Alexa’s sleep-inducing capabilities.
Alexa, similar to Google Assistant, may draw from a library of ambient sounds to lull you to sleep by masking outside noises.
Unlike Google, Amazon does not make the noises themselves. On the contrary, you may activate and operate one of Alexa’s hundreds of talents by simply asking her to do so. A plethora of ambient sound skills—including heartbeat, rain, thunderstorms, city background noise, animals, wind, and white noise—have been developed by Invoke Apps LLC for Alexa.
The more out-of-the-ordinary noises of a hair dryer, washing machine, and heartbeat are all available for selection. Sound examples provided by the skill are as follows:
The Breaking Waves of the Ocean
The Bubbling Brook
Fan with Oscillation
Get on Board
Bugs in general
The grandfather clock and the clock
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Noise in the Pink
Every sound has its own special ability, and it’s easy to ask Alexa to open them all. With a simple command like “Alexa, open rain sounds” or “Alexa, start rain sounds,” you can easily activate the background music.
Additionally, you have the option to instruct the assistant to loop the 60-minute noises, allowing them to play continuously until you instruct Alexa to stop. Saying “Alexa, stop in six hours” after the sound you’ve selected has begun playing will cause it to cease playing after a predetermined length of time.
You may either activate the Ambient Sounds skill and then ask Alexa to open it and read out several possibilities to choose from, or you can ask her for the exact sound skill you want (for example, rainfall). Saying: “Alexa, ask Ambient Sounds for a list.” Additionally, be aware that the noises will play indefinitely unless you command “Alexa, Stop” using the normal settings.
You may also check out Invoke Apps’ website to see what kind of ambient noises it provides for Alexa.
The Sleep and Relaxation Sounds skill, created by Voice Apps, is another alternative. Rain, crickets, a forest, and a bonfire are just a few of the over a hundred noises available with this ability.
Simply asking “Alexa, guided sleep on” will activate the skill’s guided meditation sessions, which are perfect for unwinding and getting a good night’s rest.
All Echo devices, from the $50 Echo Dot to the top-of-the-line Echo Studio and Echo Show smart displays, are compatible with these Alexa skills. Basically, the ambient sound abilities may be accessed by any device that supports Alexa, even devices from other firms like Sonos.