Hidden iPhone timer turns off music or podcasts after you fall asleep

Sleeping is not as easy for some as it is for others. Although the National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep a night, it is often impossible.

You could try this military sleep hack to put you to sleep in under two minutes. Tap or click here to see a viral video with a tip to help you get some much-needed rest.

Some people like to listen to podcasts or music to drown out all the noise while falling asleep. But that can keep you from falling into a deep sleep. If you have an iPhone, there is an easy solution. Keep reading to find out how to turn off your music when you fall asleep.

Here’s the backstory

Many people like to listen to a podcast or music while falling asleep. Some may even turn to YouTube for light entertainment as they drift away. Podcast apps let you set the playing time, but YouTube or Apple Music don’t give you that luxury.

A sudden change in content or volume can wake you up from your deep sleep, and then you’re back to square one in your nighttime struggle. Sure, you can use meditation or sleep aids, but you don’t want to listen to them.

However, if you have an iPhone for your nighttime routine, a neat trick will make the music or YouTube video stop after you fall asleep.

What can you do about it?

There are no built-in controls for the Apple Music or YouTube app that regulate when playback stops and the iPhone screen is locked. As a result, you either have to choose a long video to fall asleep to (while turning off autoplay) or create a unique music playlist.

But by using the iPhone’s clock app, you can set a timer to turn off everything you listen to. Here’s how:

Open the Clock app on your iPhone. Tap Timer at the bottom. Set the timer length. This should ideally be the time it takes to fall asleep. For most people, this is between 15 and 30 minutes. Before you press Start, tap When timer ends. A list of all the sounds available on your phone will appear. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing. Tap Set in the top right corner. Tap Home.

You are then free to open the app you use to fall asleep. When the time reaches the specified length, playback will automatically stop and the iPhone’s screen will be locked.

but if Life Hacker points out, you should be aware of one thing. “iOS remembers the last selected timer ‘sound’ for future timers. So if you absentmindedly set a timer without changing ‘Stop Playing’, the timer won’t make a sound when it goes off.”

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