Alexa is a leading voice assistant. Along with having a robust and all-encompassing core, it also lets users extend its functionality, as it has different skills.
In case you were wondering if you could use these skills to fall asleep, good news. Amazon Alexa has thousands of skills to help you relax, meditate, and of course, fall asleep.
A good night's sleep is a prerequisite for a healthy life. If you don't get enough of it every night, the next morning you will feel tired and exhausted. If you can't afford to lose a single work-hour due to lack of sleep, you should try Alexa sleep sounds.
There are a vast number of sound options you can pick from, starting with the sound of rain, waves, forest, wind, crickets, fireplace, and so on. Moreover, you can play different variations of your selected music. For example, you can use either rain sound on the tent, heavy rain, or rain sound on the tin roof. Whatever suits you, Alexa Sleep sounds have got you covered.
Top 10 Alexa Sleep Sounds
Rain is probably the better sound to fall asleep to. With Alexa, you will get different variations of the rain sound. You can play it for a certain time or make a loop. To make Alexa play rain sound, simply say,
“Alexa, play rain sound.”
Who doesn't like the sound of water flowing over rocks? Water Stream or Babbling Brooks, whatever you prefer calling it, is a soothing sound to relax your mind. Simply say the words,
“Alexa, start Babbling Brook.”
For a more intense experience, you can make Alexa play the Thunderstorm sound. Along with the rain, you will be hearing lighting sounds as well. To relax in thunderstorms, say the words,
“Alexa, start Thunderstorm sound.”
Another variation of water sounds is the waterfall. You will hear a water stream flowing towards a cliff and hitting the bottom while making a splashing sound. To listen to the waterfall sound, say
“Alexa, play waterfall sound.”
White noise is a rather abstract sound. It has no ups and downs. You will be hearing a smooth sound playing at the same tempo. This is what makes it perfect for meditation. The closest resemblance to this sound is the sound your TV makes when it has a problem connecting to the signal.
“Alexa, play white noise sound.”
What better way to get the warmth for falling asleep than listening to the sound of a fireplace? On a winter night, this is what provides the ultimate comfort. Moreover, you don't have to worry about cleaning up the ashes afterward.
“Alexa, play fireplace sound.”
Do you like the sound of waves? Who doesn't? The Beach sound on Alexa is a combination of waves and seagulls. While listening to it, you can vividly imagine sitting on the beach at sunset and trying to fall asleep.
“Alexa, play beach sound.”
Rainforests have a unique ambiance to them. Birds flying over your head, water dripping from leaves, and footsteps of curious animals, the perfect combination for relaxation.
“Alexa, play rainforest sound.”
What sounds do astronauts hear when cursing around the earth in a spaceship? If you are fascinated by the space, then listening to the sounds from a Space Deck will help you fall asleep faster.
“Alexa, play space deck sound.”
You can use Alexa to recreate the sound you usually hear at a spa. This is perfect for deep meditation. Moreover, you can also make Alexa play it on loop. You can also set a timer for it.
“Alexa, play spa music.”
How to Add Alexa Skills
If you find it difficult to fall asleep, chances are your sleeplessness is a result of high anxiety, work-pressure, or stress. Whatever the reason, Alexa can have you sleeping like a baby. People have reported it has helped them fix their sleep cycles, as well as end their struggle with insomnia.
To make Alexa play sleep sounds, you first need to add that particular skill. You can do it either from the Alexa app, or using voice commands. Let’s look at how you can add a new skill using voice commands, as it is the most convenient way.
- To add a new skill, say, “Alexa, enable skill” (Example rain, waves, fireplace).
- Once the skill is added, you can listen to that particular sound on demand.
- When you want to play that sound say, “Alexa play (skill name).”
- For some you can loop the sound by saying “Alexa ask (skill name) to loop”
Top Alexa Sleep Sound Creators
Alexa Skill – Sleep Sound by Alexa Jar
If you are new to Alexa skills and confused about how to add a skill, you can resort to the Alexa Jar Skill. This is a popular Alexa skill for sleeping sounds and hosts a combination of sounds for falling asleep, meditating, or simply sipping on coffee while sitting in your rocking chair.
This skill includes sounds of rain, shower, whales, fountains, and 30+ different others. The free plan is enough for the average user, but if you want an edge, you can opt for the premium plan as well. It only costs $1.99 a month. After you get the premium plan, you can listen to HD quality sounds, make a 10-hour loop with no gaps, and also mix different sounds.
After you get this skill, simply say
“Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds for a list.”
You will then hear all the supported sounds. If you want Alexa to surprise you say, “Random”, and Alexa will pick a random sound for you.
Alexa Skill – Sleep And Relaxation Sounds
Another leading sound skill for Alexa is Sleep and Relaxation Sounds. This skill is free for any Alexa user. To get started, say “Alexa, open Sleep Sounds.” To play specific sounds, say “Alexa, play rain sound.” Replace the word rain with the sound you want to hear.
This skill boasts a collection of 125 high-quality sounds. Whether you want to meditate, sleep, or relax, you will always find the right sound for that purpose. Also, if you want to focus on your studies, you can benefit from their collection of sounds for focus. If you have a baby at home, don’t worry, Alexa has sounds and lullabies to help your kids fall asleep too.
The Sleep and Relaxation Sounds have both a free and a premium plan. With the premium plan, you will unlock the features to combine sounds, save custom ones, listen to higher quality sounds, and enjoy no gaps. To learn about membership plans, say
“Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds about Membership”
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How to Add Sounds to an Alexa Routine
Music is reported to be a highly effective sleeping aid. You can either play songs on-demand, or you can add the sounds to a bedtime routine every night.
Here’s how to set up your Alexa sleep sounds routine.
- Launch your Alexa app and select routines from the Hamburger menu.
- Tap on the + icon at the upper-right corner.
- Next, tap on the + icon next to “When this happens.”
- Set a trigger word for the routine, for instance, “Alexa, initiate bedtime routine.” Is a good pick.
- Once you have decided on the trigger word, hit the save button.
- Now, from the “Add Action” area pick the sound you want to listen to during your bedtime.
- This is the area, where you can also add a timer for your bedtime routine.
- Save and exit when you are done.
We hope you now have everything you need to use Alexa sleep sounds and meditation sounds on your own.
We have listed some of our favourite sleep sounds to get you started which we hope is helpful. If any particular sleep sounds work for you, please leave a comment below as it could help other insomniacs!