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About SleepSound

A drug-free sleep solution!

The SleepSound™ Mobile App is safe and as soothing as watching a relaxing waterfall or a crackling fireplace in a cozy mountain cabin. It emits light subtle rhythmic light and sound to gently calm your brain.

This uniquely developed pattern of light* and sound causes the brain to follow the rhythm. Actual brain wave activity slows  as the rhythm slows down. This soothing experience leads to relaxation and then sleep for most users within 15 to 30 minutes.

SleepSound™ was developed by two Behavioral Medical psychologists who have between them 50 years of experience helping patients achieve greater health. They have developed innovative treatments by using biofeedback and state-of-the-art behavioral methods. These methods have helped  to reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, achieve sobriety for drug/alcohol dependency, as well as reduce cardiovascular risk, manage anxiety and depression.

The doctors both recognized that their patients, as well as many other people commonly struggle with sleep problems, sometimes for years. In fact, one third of adults in industrialized countries suffer chronic insomnia and another 20% when traveling for business or pleasure.  Others also have insomnia when experiencing stress and/or health problems. It’s almost impossible to be healthy or work and concentrate at your potential if your sleep is impaired. To learn more read our section on Insomnia Facts and Treatment.

As a result they wanted to provide a drug-free sleep solution that’s safe and easy to use. Try SleepSound™ and have a good night’s sleep!

More than a sleep monitor!

Love it! What a great find. I've had trouble sleeping for years and this app can get me to sleep without having to use sleep meds. What is really great is if I wake up during the night I can use it again, and no morning drowsiness. - August 27, 2015
- Heather Kinney,
SleepSound really does help. I always have the hardest time falling asleep but this app really helps. At first the sound is kind of annoying but once you really start focusing on it everything else seems to fade away. I recommend this app to anyone who can't seem to shut their mind off. - August 9, 2015
- Rachael Thompson,
Best App for troubled sleepers! I have had a terrible time falling asleep and staying asleep for years. But after being introduced to this app I will say I was very skeptical but after getting the settings right for me I love it! It helps my mind shut off and get calm so I can easily drift off quickly. It even helped my restless Chihuahua calm down and stay asleep all night too! Love it! - September 1, 2015
- Martha Brown,
I was skeptical, but this is surprisingly effective. - September 9, 2015
- Andrew Jackman,
Sleep Wish #1: I want to sleep at night and feel refreshed the next day without using addicting medications or supplements that might have side effects.
- Natural Sleep,
Sleep Wish #2: Despite my back and headache pain, I want to be able to sleep and feel rested, not groggy the next day.
- Healing Sleep,
Sleep Wish #3: I would like to nap or sleep a few hours on a plane to make up for time zone changes and lost sleep when I travel.
- Travel Sleep,
SleepSound is the innovative answer to all your sleep wishes!
- Your SleepSound Team,

features

Light

A special light pattern was developed to help brain waves go into sleep mode.

Sound

A unique series of sounds are embedded to drive brain waves from awake to sleep.

Soothing Music

Gentle music with low tones help relax the brain and offer a positive sensation.

CAUTION: Persons subject to any form of seizures or epilepsy, using a pacemaker, or suffering from cardiac arrhythmias or other heart disorders, should not use the SleepSound™ personal sleep application without Medical Supervision. By accepting the terms of this agreement as a first time user, I agree that I will not use SleepSound™, nor will I allow anyone else to use SleepSound™, without ensuring that the above caution is strictly followed.

Insomnia Facts and Treatment

Insomnia

Research shows that 83 million Americans have chronic insomnia, however 80% avoid sleep aids for fear of next day drowsiness, adverse complications with other medications, or fear of addiction.

Mortality Rates

Sleep Deficits can contribute to a shortened life span. Mortality rates are higher for individuals who sleep less than 6.5 hours per night.

Business Travel Insomnia

Over 50% of business travelers suffer from some form of insomnia. Lack of sleep often results in next day problems which include impaired judgment, lack of creativity, impaired memory, and occasionally depression/anxiety symptoms.

Accidents and Injuries

Sleep-related accidents were linked to as many as 2.5 million disabling injuries a year, along with annual costs of over $60 billion. Longer commuter distances are increasing the number of auto accidents.

Sleepy Teenagers

Adolescents are noted for their daytime drowsiness. Because of rapid growth, teenagers need about an hour more sleep than they did as young children. However, most actually sleep an hour or so less. Difficulty in sleep onset often makes it difficult to awaken on time and produces daytime drowsiness, creating a multitude of problems with parents and relatives.

Prescription Medications

A common side effect of many prescription medications is disrupting of the sleep cycle, causing fatigue, memory loss, irritability, poor concentration, anxiety and depression. A partial list of medications disrupting sleep includes: Ritalin (for ADD problems), Beta blockers (high blood pressure, arrhythmias, angina), pain killers containing caffeine, Clonedine (hypertension), Anti-inflammatories, Respiratory meds, thyroid meds, and steroids.

Pregnancy

During the second or third trimester of pregnancy, an expectant mother’s sleep efficiency is significantly reduced. Sleep disturbances also contribute to post partum depression and compromise the general physical and mental well-being of new mothers.

Sleep Medications

Sleeping medications either prescription or over the counter, when taken for long periods of time, often will make older individuals appear to suffer from dementia – including symptoms of slowed and or slurred speech, impaired thinking and memory problems.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How effective is SleepSound?

Many published studies have shown that AVS is very effective for many conditions, depending on the frequency of stimulation used. In the case of SleepSound the frequencies are designed to produce mental and physical relaxation, which is one of the most effective applications of AVS.

How Does SleepSound Work?

SleepSound is based upon techniques which were first clinically used over 100 years ago. SleepSound uses rhythmic synchronized light and sound pulses (known as AudioVisual Stimulation, or AVS) to first match the brain’s normal operating frequency which causes the brain to “entrain” or follow the pulses. Then the pulses begin to gradually slow, causing the brain to also gradually slow into the frequencies of deeper and deeper relaxation, leading to sleep.

Can SleepSound help me with sleep apnea or other medical conditions?

No. The SleepSound app is not a medical device. It is not designed to help such conditions as sleep apnea, night terrors or other forms of insomnia that may be related to other health problems. It is also not recommended if you have a seizure disorder. Always consult your doctor for serious medical conditions and before using any form of treatment.

Will SleepSound harm my brain?

No, unless you are prone to having seizures, in which case SleepSound is not recommended. SleepSound could be compared to watching the flickering of a campfire or listening to a babbling brook, both of which produce a similar relaxing influence though not as effectively as SleepSound.

When I use SleepSound it makes me anxious, does that mean it won't work for me?

If using SleepSound makes you anxious, you need to start at a lower Start Rate. The default Start Rate is 9 pulses per second. On the home screen set the Start Rate to 8, and try that. If it still is anxiety producing, keep reducing the Start Rate by 1 until you find a comfortable Start Rate. Most people enjoy 9 or 8, or perhaps 7. Also, make sure you do not have the light too bright or the sound too loud which could be irritating and prevent relaxation.

I find I am relaxed but not really asleep by the time the program stops. What should I do?

Increase the Run Time to the maximum of 30 minutes. On the other hand, the near-sleep relaxation you should be achieving will probably allow you to drift off to sleep soon after the program stops. You will probably begin to fall asleep sooner during the program after a few nights of use.

I find it hard to quiet my thinking while using SleepSound, does that mean it won’t work for me?

It is quite common to have various thoughts running through your mind while first using SleepSound. Keep using it. Usually after 3 or 4 nights you will become used to the process and the thinking will ease early in the program.

I find the flashing light too bright, what should I do?

Position your device in such a way as to reduce the illumination it sends into the room. For example, prop the phone with the light facing a wall or other object so the light is partially obscured. Another option is to put a tissue or other thin paper over the light to reduce intensity. Another option is to put a piece of colored cellophane over the light to give it a more soothing color.

Is a louder sound more effective?

No.  You only need to comfortably hear the sound, and it is important to set the volume so the sound is not overly stimulating, otherwise the effect of soothing you to sleep will be disturbed. In addition, as you relax during the program the sound may be perceived as louder since you are quieting. So it is best to set the sound a bit lower at the start of the program than you think you might need.

Is a brighter light more effective?

No.  As with the sound, gentle rhythmic light that can be comfortably seen through your closed eyelids should be best. As with the sound, the light may be perceived as slightly brighter as the program progresses since your eyes will adjust to the darkness. To compensate for this effect, best to position your device so it produces light that is more subtle than you think you will need.

Can I experiment with different volumes or settings?

Yes. Try different settings to see what is best for you.

Can I use SleepSound more than once in a night?

Yes, you can use SleepSound as often as you like.

Can I use SleepSound with another sleep aid like Melatonin, herbs, or even sleep medication?

Yes. SleepSound can be used along with any other sleep aid you wish to use. If you use SleepSound in this manner, you may find that after a few nights you can gradually eliminate the other sleep aids and still achieve restful sleep relying more on the natural effect of SleepSound.

Can I use SleepSound during the day to take a nap?

Yes. All that is necessary is a quiet and comfortable place with dim lighting so you can see the rhythmic light through closed eyelids. If your surroundings are too bright you can also try just using the sound, although the sound by itself may not be as effective as the light/sound combination. You can use earbuds or headphones to listen to the sound, which may help block out surrounding noise.

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Sleep Specialists

Barry L. Aaronson, Ph.D.

Dr. Aaronson, a licensed clinical psychologist, has designed and implemented 14 hospital and clinic interdisciplinary programs in the last 25+ years. These programs helped patients suffering with problems of insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress management, cardiac and G.I. disorders, drug/alcohol dependency problems, and those individuals experiencing severe chronic pain. In addition to conducting a clinical private practice in Irvine, California, he has supervised and trained over 300 psychology doctoral students, nurses, and substance abuse counselors at the various clinics and hospitals as well as at corporations where he set up Wellness Programs.

Jeffrey G. Wilson, Ph.D

Dr. Wison, a licensed clinical psychologist, has 25+ years’ experience in the field of applied psychophysiology. He has operated a behavioral medicine private practice in Orange County, California specializing in the treatment of insomnia, ADHD disorders, chronic pain, and other stress related problems. The past 15 years have included additional specialization in EEG Biofeedback & Quantitative EEG for the diagnosis and treatment of ADD/ADHD, autistic spectrum, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and other brain dysfunctional disorders. He also has consulted with companies who design and produce biofeedback equipment.

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