Sleepy Time Sounds: play soothing background sounds on Android

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2014
Apps, Google Android

If you cannot work, concentrate, read, or sleep in total silence, or when there is noise coming from the neighbor's TV, cars outside, a chatty couple downstairs, or a family with kids on floor up, then you have probably tried several things to reduce the impact of that noise.

Maybe you have started to listen to music, wear headphones, use earplugs, or something else. While some of it may work, it depends largely on the situation you are in.

I'm very noise sensitive, which is sometimes good and most of the time bad. I get distracted by the noise of the fridge, someone walking outside, animals, a buzzing screen, and more or less all other noise that one comes in contact with throughout the day.

While music would help, it won't work when I'm working as I feel that it is too distracting. The next best thing is white noise, or rain, or other sounds that have a soothing effect.

Sleepy Time Sounds has been designed for people who have troubles falling asleep because of the noise around them. While designed for sleep or naps, it can have a similar effect when you are distracted by noise while you are working.

What I like about the app is its design, and how easy it is to use. It ships with six sounds that you can enable or disable individually. You can mix them if you want, which is another nice feature.

To enable a sound, simply tap on its icon once. It starts to play automatically, and you can use the slider that appears to increase or decrease the volume of it.

Available for selection are white noise, chimes, waves, rain, nature and city: the usual suspects of apps of its kind.

Another option that you have is to set a timer for the sound. The sound will play for the selected period of time and stop playing afterwards.

That's all in terms of functionality. The application displays advertisement in its interface, which is probably one of the reasons why it requires network connection access.


If you want a lightweight app with an interesting design, then you may want to give it a try. The application could use a couple of extra features, like additional sounds -- forest, fire or storm for example -- and additional features, like an option to save presets so that they can be loaded the next time again.

Sleepy Time Sounds all in all is a promising application for Android.

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  1. Brad Wells said on January 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Sleepy Time developer here. Thanks for your review! I wanted to let everybody know about the latest release. I have taken your feedback, and added the following new sounds: Fire, Forest, River, Thunder

    In addition, you now have the ability to save your favorite presets. Create the perfect melody, and play it again tomorrow night. Keep the feedback coming!

  2. Steven Foxley said on January 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I’m noise sensitive too & found another app that ships with about 20 sounds (free version) : waves, rain, train, etc & over 80 (paid version) with even the sound of a washing machine ! Also several binaural frequencies for different sleep or concentration states. You can combine these sounds to get an ambiance that works for you. It’s called RelaxMP & made by Ispnossoft & can be found either on the google app store or on the developpers site :

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