(NEW YORK) -- Insomnia and anxiety afflict millions of people. But instead of reaching for tranquilizers or sleeping pills, you might be smart to pick up your smartphone.
There you can find apps to help you relax as some of the latest applications on major mobile platforms are focused on meditation, breathing techniques and even "Simply Being."
The apps use narration combined with music to guide the user through meditation and relaxation.
Other apps aim to lull you to sleep, such as "Brain Wave" and "Mayo Clinic Insomnia Wellness Solutions"
You select what combination of sounds, words and music opens the door to your shut-eye.
One caution, though: the apps range from free to pricey -- so make sure the expenses don't cost you any sleep.
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