Sleep apps could help users get better night's rest

CREATED Oct. 8, 2013

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's important to get a good amount of sleep, but could the key to a good night's rest be an app?

Music from the app, called White Noise Pro, may help users fall asleep.

The new applications on smartphones and tablets can potentially cut out the side effects of sleeping pills.

From using soothing sounds that help you relax, to tracking your sleep patterns, the apps claim they can help you get a better night's rest.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration announced they will begin monitoring health apps to make sure they're safe and do what they claim.

But doctors said even if these programs help people get some shut eye, chances are those who download the apps are having sleep problems that may need to be treated by a physician.

Many people face intense sleep issues, such as sleep apnea, and doctors said an app isn't going to help much. These issues need to be treated by a professional, and if not taken care of, they could lead to serious health problems.