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There are plenty of great skills Just Bought an Amazon Echo? Download These 15 Essential Alexa Skills! Just Bought an Amazon Echo? Download These 15 Essential Alexa Skills! Alexa, the virtual assistant powering the Echo line of speakers from Amazon, gets smarter daily thanks to a growing number of skills. Here are 15 skills everyone should enable as soon as they unpack their... Read More you can add to your Amazon Echo to get more out of it. These skills can entertain, increase your productivity, and in the case of Sleep and Relaxation Sounds, help you fall asleep and get a good night’s rest!

Once installed, you can enable the skill by saying “Alexa, enable Sleep Sounds skill.” You can also enable it through your Amazon Echo account in a browser or on your phone.

Once enabled, you can get started by saying “Alexa, open Sleep Sounds.” You can then start playing sounds that are available through the skill. If you want to fall asleep to the sound of a thunderstorm, say “Play Thunderstorm.”

A great feature (that is unfortunately only available to premium users) is the ability to mix sounds. So you can say “Play Thunderstorm and Frogs.”  You can find out the complete list of sounds available by saying “List Sounds.” (That list is also available on the skill’s page here since it can be difficult to keep track of all the options as Alexa lists them.)

You can cycle through sounds by using the voice commands “Next” and “Previous.” If you want to stop the sound, that can be done one of two ways. You can use the voice command “Stop,” or if you want to use Sleep Sounds to fall asleep, set a timer. After you’ve started the sound that you want to listen to, say “Alexa set a sleep timer for 1 hour” (or however long you want the sound to play).

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If you prefer to stick with a free service, A Soft Murmur is a great service filled with ambient sounds This Site Customizes Sounds to Help You Concentrate or Fall Asleep This Site Customizes Sounds to Help You Concentrate or Fall Asleep If you like to play nature sounds or white noise in the background while you work or sleep, this site is the best one yet -- because it lets you customize each sound. Read More to help you fall asleep that you can combine. Available as an iOS and Android app, or to simply use in any browser, you could hook it up to your Amazon Echo using Bluetooth.

At the time of writing, Sleep Sounds has not yet nailed down a final pricing structure for premium members, but they are considering a monthly fee around $9.95. Other premium membership perks include access to additional sounds, combining sounds, saving your favorites, and creating playlists.

What do you think of the Sleep Sounds skill? Is it something you find yourself relying on to fall asleep? Do you keep your Amazon Echo on your nightstand? Let us know in the comments. 

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