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Meditation has existed for centuries, but only recently found its place in our broader society as a life changing tool. Those willing to commit to consistent practices are seeing their outlook, health and wellbeing positively changed. As we’re all about sleep here at The Sleep Boss, we noticed that research and studies show meditating before bed aids those with insomnia and sleep disorders, and those that meditate feel a greater quality of sleep (Roy Chowdhury, 2020). Now, more than ever, we have the time to focus on adopting healthy lifestyle choices and daily practices. So, let’s dive into our list, in no particular order, of what we believe are 5 of the best free to download meditation apps.


Simple Habit

Designed to cater for those with a busy lifestyle and the excuse of ‘but I don’t have time to sit and meditate...’, Simple Habit combines quick and useful meditations for everyone. For those on the go, at work, walking or just needing a pick me up after a rough day, this app personalises your experience. Once you select what you’re doing and how you’re feeling, Sleep Habit will tailor a meditation between 5, 10 or 15 minutes to help combat those feelings. There are also extended meditations and self-care plans by qualified teachers available – all for free.

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Taking a more spiritual focus with their meditations, Sattva provides a vast amount of content free to download, with some restrictions on what’s available. Whether it’s realigning your energy flow through guided meditations, mudras that practice hand positions to stimulate energy flow within the body, daily wisdom for encouragement, meditative music or challenges designed to keep you on track, Sattva has something for you. Get a 30-day free-trial to experience its premium services, or pay $18.99/monthly or $81.99/yearly.

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Insight Timer

Highlighted in our article on the 3 best free sleep apps, Insight Timer is still holding strong in the ranks. With the largest free library of meditations and sleep practices, Insight Timer categorises topics such as anxiety, stress or sleep, and lets you pick meditative music/soundscapes and meditations, that are also suitable for children. If you sign up for the premium service, you can participate in some resourceful 30-day courses too. A 7-day trial is available and then it’s $88.99 yearly. Insight Timer really is one of the best free meditation apps on the market. 

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Aura is a free to download meditation app that has limited free content but quality meditations. There are a plethora of categories that provide meditations to aid sleep, anxiety, stress, happiness, concentration and mindfulness. Plus, different meditation channels from multiple teachers with credible backgrounds. You can start a free 7-day trial to see if it works for you and then pay $4.99 a month or $59.99 a year – making this meditation app one of the cheapest for premium services.

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Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is the first not-for-profit meditation app we came across that offers entirely free meditation content focusing on mindfulness. It’s designed to appeal to various age groups with meditations on mindfulness, sleep, stress, digital detoxing, daily commute’s, back to school and many more. The unique appeal of this app is that there’s categories for families and children as well, making it relatable for every type of user – not just busy adults.

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Now go forth and experience the immersive world of meditation. We’ve found you 5 of the best meditation apps on the market and really believe that at least one of them will work for you. Meditation leads to greater focus, happier outlooks and deeper sleep, so start your journey today and watch the transformation begin.

Prioritise sleep, share the harmony, and watch your mindfulness practice grow. 


Roy Chowdhury, M., 2020. 5 Health Benefits of Daily Meditation According to Science. [online] Read Full Article [Accessed 16 April 2020].

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