Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.
This week’s skill: Sleep and Relaxation Sounds
Description: Sleep Sounds lets you play ambient sounds to help you sleep peacefully or block out unwanted noise at work or home. With over 20 high quality sounds to choose from, you’ll be able to sleep better, stay focused, study without interruption, relax quickly, meditate more effectively, and get your baby to go to sleep faster!
Real world use: One of the bigger pieces of a healthy lifestyle that often gets overlooked is sleep. A person can eat right and burn calories through exercise every day, but then sabotage those good actions by getting limited rest and recovery through sleep. Sleep is a normal function of life, yet the busier we get, the busier our mind becomes, which means it’s difficult to get the proper amount of sleep because we just can’t turn off when its bedtime. Additionally, a long term lack of sleep can be attributed to heart attacks, strokes, and other avoidable circumstances.
The Sleep and Relaxation Sounds is a top-rated Alexa health skill. There are others available, but this specific skill comes with a flood of relaxing sounds, instead of just one or two like the other offerings. Pick the one that’s your favorite, or switch it up and try something new, and let the mind-numbing effects cart you off to la-la land.
With new ones added frequently, here’s the sounds that are available now: Fireplace, Underwater, Wind, Forest Birds, Music Box, Thunderstorm, Ocean, Rain, Wind Chimes, Fireplace, Beautiful Dream, Brown Noise, City Rain, Heartbeat, Heavy Rain, Jungle Night, Mountain Lake, Relax, River, Sleep Little Babies, Small Lake, Swiss Massage, White Noise, Rainforest, Underwater, Wind, Forest Birds, and Music Box.
Want a specific sound? Send a request through email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to invoke the skill and play different sounds:
“Alexa open Sleep Sounds”
“Alexa ask Sleep Sounds to play Thunderstorm”
“Alexa ask Sleep Sounds to play Rain”
“Alexa Next” or “Alexa Previous” (to move between available sounds)
By default, each sound will loop infinitely. If you want the stop the sound after a specific time say (after starting it)…
“Alexa, stop in 2 hours” (or whatever time limit you decide)
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