The train trip - to sleep

Get under the duvet with Terrence the Teacher’s best-selling app…


Image: Suzy Parker, 1959, from William Helburn: Mid Century Fashion and Advertising Photography, edited by Robert Lilly and Lois Allen Lilly, published by Thames & Hudson and available now

How does it work?

If you struggle to drop off to sleep at bedtime or wake frequently through the night, this app promises to transform your sleep habits. Created by qualified clinical hypnotherapist Terrence the Teacher, a favourite in the fashion world having worked with Christian Louboutin (he has a pair of sneakers named Terrence in his honour), the app uses hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming techniques to guide you towards improved sleep.

Listen to one of the seven hypnotherapy sessions each night when you climb under the duvet, repeating the series three times to complete the 21-day programme. Four of the tracks are focused on relaxation to induce a deep trance-like state, which can naturally progress to deep sleep, whilst two are focused on helping to silence a busy mind, and the last teaches you self-hypnosis techniques to help you to drop off. Simply click on the track, place your phone on the pillow (using headphones if you don’t want to disturb your partner), and shut your eyes as you drift into a deeper consciousness. On average, habits take 21 days to form, so completing the full programme is key to its success.

Why is it great?

This app went to number one on Google Play in the health and fitness category when it launched earlier this year, with users reporting they fell asleep quicker and enjoyed a deeper, better quality sleep within days of using the programme. The app is easy to use, with a stylish design and striking visuals. Terrence has a slow, soothing voice that is both relaxing and effective. In fact, it’s so effective that the app comes with a warning not to listen whilst driving or operating machinery, so this is one best reserved for the bedroom!

Why do we need it?

With the increased pace and pressures of modern daily life, more and more of us are reporting poor sleep habits. This has a knock-on effect, with The Great British Sleep Survey recently revealing that a poor night’s sleep was more likely to result in fatigue, relationship problems, inability to concentrate and feelings of unhappiness or isolation. The Train Trip to Sleep promises to turn all that round in just three weeks, allowing you to reconnect with your intrinsic ability to sleep. The app costs £5.49 to download, which is a small price to pay when you consider you have a virtual session with a qualified hypnotherapist when you turn off the lights each night.

Available on iTunes App Store and Google Play.

By Louise Clarke