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Five Useful Apps We Think You’ll Love

Mobile apps to help you with sleep, smoking, stress, and more

A Veteran and partner looking at their phones Maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes regular sleep, managing stress, and finding time to refocus your mind is harder than it seems. That's why there are apps that make it easy.

Here are the top five health apps we think can help:

  • Insomnia Coach: Not sleeping well? Use this app to manage insomnia. It's based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i). It includes a weekly training plan to help you improve your sleep. You can also use the app’s sleep diary to track your sleep.

  • Annie: Stay focused on your self-care routine with the help of this VA service that sends automated text messages directly to your phone. Thousands of Veterans use Annie to stay healthy and on track in meeting their wellness goals. The Annie App does require access to your personal information from the VA Electronic Health Record. For your security, Annie requires you to use ID.me, DS Logon, or My HealtheVet account credentials to sign-up.

  • VetChange: Want to develop healthier drinking habits? Veterans concerned about drinking can find help with this app. It provides tools for cutting down or quitting drinking, managing stress, and education about alcohol use and how it can relate to PTSD. You can use VetChange alone or in combination with counseling. It's not intended to replace professional treatment.

  • Mindfulness Coach: What is it? Mindfulness means paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment without judgment. It can reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and help with anxiety and depression. You'll have access to audio-guided mindfulness exercises and assessments to track your progress over time.

  • PTSD Coach: This app provides education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools to help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. You can customize tools based on your preferences and integrate your contacts, photos, and music. This app can be used independently or in addition to treatment.


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Updated February 16, 2022