So, you need some help getting to sleep. Maybe you need something to soothe your mind after a long, hectic day at work. Maybe you just want something to drown out the sound of traffic outside. We get it.
Either way, Alexa and smart home automation services can help. The company's smart assistant may be good at playing music and answering your queries, but it can also help you when you need to get some Zzzzs and it works best when you have other home automation devices connected to it.
Don't worry, we got you. Below, we've looked at how Alexa can help you get your beauty rest better than ever.
Suppose you're all-in on the Amazon ecosystem and have a subscription to Amazon Prime or Amazon Music Limited. In that case, you'll be able to take advantage of Prime Music to use sleep sounds. The way it works is pretty simple, all you have to do is say, "Alexa, play sleeping sounds on Amazon Music."
Alexa will pull them from Amazon Music.
Of course, you can also create your own playlist and add sleeping sounds to it. But if you're in more of a pinch and want something for the right now, Alexa's got the medicine.
Setting a sleep timer with Alexa
Say you get Alexa to play you some ambient noise to rock you off to sleep. Do you really want that to play all night? It might just end up waking you up again. Or worse, your significant other might be driven crazy and toss your Alexa-enabled device out the window.
That wouldn't be good for anybody. It's exactly why there's a sleep timer, which tells Alexa to shut down the noise after a specified period of time.
All you have to do is tell Alexa how long you want to set the sleep timer. Try saying something like, "Alexa, set a sleep timer for one hour."
After an hour, Alexa will stop playing whatever podcast, music or story you're listening to automatically. Most of Kamonk’s smart devices are compatible with Alexa and can also integrate with other smart lighting devices.
A touch sensor switch also can be integrated with voice assistants to help you control your appliances intuitively, Home light switches have come a long way since then and can now be integrated with a smart door lock to help you create smart scenes that can basically automate your entire house. Touch switches for home are also one of the best ways to dip your toes in the home automation world.
Listen to a podcast
Sometimes, the soothing voice of someone smarter and funnier than you talking about interesting things is the only way to go to sleep. In that case, a podcast might be exactly what you need.
You can use TuneIn, Spotify, Apple Music, AnyPod or Pocket Casts skills to listen to what you want. Hot tip: pair it with the sleep timer to turn off the podcast after a certain amount of time.
Going with TuneIn is an added benefit as it works with Alexa’s smart routines, which means you can set up a 'Good Night' routine that'll turn off your lights, get your room nice and comfy and play your sleep podcast. Additionally you can also use it to control the automated lighting system that are based on wifi based home automation.
Sadly, Alexa can't fetch you milk and cookies too, but it's a start.
How about a bedtime story?
Feel like regressing back to those better childhood days? Need something to help the kids nod off? Alexa can read out a bedtime story.
You'll have to turn to the Bedtime story skill for this one to work. Once you do, you can even set it up with your name to get a little extra personalization. Alexa can also integrate with other devices like the smart led bulb.
You can also integrate it with devices like the bluetooth light bulb. Which inturn integrates with other smart home devices like the smart touch switch. This can go on for as many smart devices you want. A wifi touch switch is one of the best ways to get started on your home automation journey. You can create smart scenes with a fingerprint door lock and other devices like a universal remote control.
Kamonk’s devices can also talk with other smart devices like the fingerprint door lock.
Here are some of the commands you can use:
"Alexa, open Bedtime Story."
"Alexa, tell a bedtime story to [x]."
Zen out with some meditation
Maybe all of this isn't your thing, and maybe you just need to clear your mind. In that case, your best bet is to turn to meditation. Specifically, you can turn to something like the Guided Meditation skill.
Each session lasts between three and eight minutes, and in addition to sessions focused on depression, stress relief and anxiety, there are meditations focused entirely on getting you to fall asleep. Smart home automation solutions like these can make your life much easier.
Try these on for size:
"Alexa, open Guided Meditation."
"Alexa, play next."
"Alexa, ask Guided Meditation to play meditation."
Sleep on time
It's good to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. See, we tend to wake up the freshest when we time our waking up with our sleep cycles. But figuring out when we're in REM, deep or light sleep is complicated. Smart home solutions can fix this for you.
Sleep Buddy makes it a little more simple. You can simply ask when the best time for you to wake up is. Or, you can ask when the best time for you to sleep is. It's obviously not going to know for certain - not until Alexa gets brain wave-reading abilities - but it can take a good guess.
"Alexa, ask Sleep Buddy when the best time to go to sleep is if I want to wake up at 7am."
"Alexa, ask Sleep Buddy when I should wake up if I go to sleep at 10pm."
The best Alexa sleep skills
If Amazon's catalog of sleep noise and white noise isn't to your taste, you can always turn to Sleep Sounds, which houses over 50 noises that could put you right to sleep. Included sounds include ocean waves, airplanes, rain on tents and tin roofs, a washing machine and even a forest night.
To enable: "Alexa, open Sleep Sounds."
To command: "Alexa, ask Sleep Sounds for a list."
Maybe you don't need sounds to soothe you to sleep, maybe you just need a nice warm light. We get it, complete and utter darkness isn't everyone's idea of a good sleeping environment, especially if you're used to the lights of a city peaking through your window. Night Light basically turns your Echo into, well, a night light. Go ahead, bask in the turquoise-y glow. Additionally, Kamonk offers various devices like the wifi smart bulb.
Additionally, they can integrate with devices like an RGB light bulb. These are especially fun during movie nights and gaming. A touch switch can also be used for the same purpose. Plus, an electric smart switch is also one of the best ways to get started on your home automation journey. Kamonk offers you the best smart lock in the business. We strongly recommend gettings a google smart lock as it increases the security of your house tenfold.
To enable: "Alexa, open Night Light."
To command: "Alexa, open Night Light for 30 minutes."
Mind Music Sleep
Some people have playlists they go to sleep to but, for some, that could be an extra hassle not really needed at bedtime. Mind Music Sleep, apparently, uses not only music but science "to guide your mental awareness into a state where your ability to fall into a deep sleep is enhanced."
To enable: "Alexa, open Mind Music Sleep."
To command: "Alexa, play/pause/stop Mind Music Sleep."