Headspace: Meditation & Sleep

Version: 3.34.0 | Cost: In App Purchases

Level 2 - General Health
Country: GB
Category: Relaxation Techniques, Sleep Hygiene, Stress and Anxiety
Released: 11/02/2012
Updated: 12/09/2019
Version: 3.34.0
Size: 32mb
Developer: HeadSpace
Reviewed On: 12/10/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 79%.

It was assessed as a Level 2 App. These apps are focused on general health. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
18.2/30
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Clinical Assurance
35.5/40
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User Experience
25.7/30
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Developer description
Learn the life-changing skills of meditation in just a few minutes a day with Headspace. Find hundreds of sessions on physical health, personal growth, stress, and anxiety. They are all designed to help you stress less, focus more, and feel better. Download Headspace to meditate anywhere, anytime and start living a healthier, happier life. About Headspace Headspace is your personal guide to health and happiness. It can help you focus, breathe, stay calm, and create conditions for a better night’s sleep by practicing meditation and mindfulness. When you need some stress relief or lessons on creating better sleep conditions, Headspace can help. Just download this free meditation, mindfulness, and sleep app, then sit back, relax, and breathe. What this meditation and sleep app does: The Headspace meditation app teaches you how to breathe, meditate, and live mindfully. There are exercises on everything from managing anxiety to stress relief to breathing, happiness, calm, and focus. Even if you’ve never meditated before, the free Basics course will teach you the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. In the Sleep by Headspace experience, you’ll find sleep meditations, sleep music, and sleepcasts to guide you to a place of rest. Sleep by Headspace was built around the needs of restless sleepers — the screen is darker and buttons are easy to find. It’s for whether you have trouble falling asleep, or you wake up in the middle of the night. What themes the meditations cover: Courses: Each course has a series of guided meditations designed to help you skillfully manage different topics and form healthy habits. Learn techniques to control how you breathe, deal with feelings of anxiety, get some stress relief when you’re being hard on yourself, or relax your mind during a stressful day. ? Stress & anxiety meditation courses include: Managing Anxiety, Letting Go of Stress, Restlessness, Navigating Change ? Falling asleep & waking up meditation courses include: Sleep, Restlessness ? Personal growth meditation courses include: Relationships, Self-Esteem, Kindness, Happiness, Acceptance, Appreciation, Balance, Patience, Generosity ? Work & productivity meditation courses include: Finding Focus, Prioritization, Productivity, Creativity ? Life challenges meditation courses include: Transforming Anger, Handling Sadness, Dealing With Regret, Self-Esteem, Grieving ? Movement and sport meditation courses include: Motivation, Focus, Training, Competition, Communication, Analysis, Recovery, Rehab, Concentration ? Physical health meditation courses include: Mindful Eating, Coping With Cravings, Pain Management, Pregnancy, Coping With Cancer ? Student meditation courses include: Dealing with Distractions, Leaving Home Sleep by Headspace: Create the best possible conditions for restful nights. Includes: ? Sleepcasts – add a little happily-ever-after to your bedtime routine with these guided sessions paired with ambient sleep sounds ? Sleep music – create the perfect atmosphere for sleep with sleep music ? Wind downs – guided exercises to prepare mind and body for sleep Headspace for Kids: Guided exercises designed for younger meditators. Topics include: Sleep, Wake Up, Calm, Paying Attention, and more. Single meditations: There are breathing exercises for stressful times, visualization exercises to give you a bit of relief during busy days, and mindfulness exercises to help you relax. ? Includes exercises on health, happiness, work & performance, and sports, and with sessions on sleep, stress, anxiety, work, travel, sports, focus, motivation, training, and communication ? These can be guided if you’re new to meditation, or unguided if you’re more experienced ? Plus, six SOS sessions to give you some relief during meltdown moments. Eyes-open exercises: One-off exercises designed to add mindfulness to daily activities. These include: Walking, Cooking, Eating, Commuting, and more.
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Data Collection

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The type of data that it collects isn't classified as sensitive data.

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Data Use

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The App does allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

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Testing

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Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App does appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

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