Blogging Wired: Can Software Help You Sleep

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The gentle sound of waves lapping up on the beach. When we were on vacation a couple of years ago this sound helped us get some of the best sleep we have ever experienced. Although the real thing is great, there is no shortage of cd's featuring the wind or chirping birds that are meant to do the same thing, but is this good enough? Wired has recently written about some computer programs that are intended to help improve sleep. Apparently, software such as Pzizz uses an algorithm that combines different data files to create a soundtrack for specific sleep goals. Does this work? Doctors are skeptical, but admit that specific cues have a big effect on our sleep. Things like the routine you follow before going to bed mean very specific things to our brains. So playing music, computer customized or not, really can have an effect...as long as it is something that is consistently associated with going to sleep.

- via Wired

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