A good night’s sleep, and making sure you receive at least seven or eight hours each night, is crucial to the well-being of your mind and body. The pressures of work, family, and the ongoing coronavirus epidemic make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for eight hours straight.
Fortunately, a plethora of helpful 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. But let’s narrow our emphasis to Alexa’s sleep-inducing capabilities for the sake of this essay.
Alexa, similar to Google Assistant, may draw from a library of ambient sounds to lull you to sleep by masking outside noises.
In contrast to Google, Amazon does not create the noises in-house. 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. A little taste of the noises this ability can produce is this:
Storms with lightning
The Waves of the Ocean
The Bubbling Brook
Bugs in general
The grandfather clock and the clock
The Sound of Pink Noise
Alexa makes it easy to access each sound’s unique talent with just a simple request. With a simple command like “Alexa, open rain sounds” or “Alexa, start rain sounds,” you can easily control the ambient noise.
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. Just say “Alexa, stop in six hours” once the sound you’ve selected begins playing to set a timer for how long it will continue playing.
It’s more convenient to ask Alexa for a particular sound effect (like rainfall) when you need it, but you can also enable the Ambient Sounds ability and have her read you a list of alternatives when you ask. 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.
If you’re looking for Invoke Apps’ ambient sounds for Alexa, you can find them on their website.
The developer’s Sleep and Relaxation Sounds skill is another alternative. There are more than a hundred noises available with this ability, including the standard fare like rain, crickets, a forest, and a bonfire.
Saying “Alexa, guided sleep on” activates the skill’s guided meditation sessions, which are meant to help you relax and go asleep.
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. If your device is Alexa-enabled, it can access the ambient sound skills. This includes devices from other firms like Sonos.