For several weekend and holiday afternoons I've enjoyed satisfying power naps. An aural "Brain Wave Entrainment" app program I bought on iTunes seems to really work for me. As a believer in "devices, not drugs," I endorse this sleep aid.
I play it all night via my iPad, and broadcast the sound to a wireless speaker next to my bed.
Here's the iTunes product description;
Brain Wave ™ - 30 Advanced Binaural Brainwave Entrainment Programs with Relaxing Ambient Background Sounds, Gentle Alarm and iTunes Music Integration for Sleep, Focus, Energy, Memory, Meditation and More
by Banzai Labs
Advanced Sequences of Binaural Tones are combined with configurable Ambient Nature Sounds and Atmospheric Music (or your iTunes Music) to stimulate specific Brainwave Patterns * Includes Powerful Binaural Sequences for Sleep, Focus, Energy, Positive Mood, Confidence, Anxiety, Stress Relief, Relaxation, Yoga, Memory, Motivation, Headache, Concentration and Meditation and much more!
* Universal app with built-in UIs for iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, and iPhone 5 so you get it on all your devices. (Supports iOS 5.0 and higher) * Updated for iOS 7 *
How it Works:
Brain Wave synchronizes your brainwaves with a specific frequency by sending two different audible frequencies to each ear, which, after being processed by the brain, are perceived as an inaudible low frequency beat matching the target brainwave frequency.
Various states of mind are associated with different inaudible brain wave frequencies, ranging from an alert and focused state of mind to deeply relaxed, all the way to deep sleep, and can be induced with this technique.
Brain Wave recreates these frequencies using the most advanced multi-stage binaural sequences available, allowing your mind you to relax and synchronize with your desired state. It achieves this using our unique process called Progressive Brainwave Entrainment.
Progressive Brainwave Entrainment
- Composite Binaural Frequencies that stimulate multiple brainwave frequencies are used to create combination experiences, such as exercise motivation and a positive mood boost.
- Progressive Brainwave Programs - Each program goes through a progression of brainwaves, each for a specific period of time sufficient to synchronize your brainwaves with the binaural tones. This ensures a more effective brainwave entrainment experience.
- 30 advanced binaural programs to use throughout the day.
- Advanced multi-stage binaural sequences to take your mind through a series of binaural frequencies to achieve your desired state of mind.
- Multiple program durations (10 min, 20 min, 30 min, 40 min, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours)
- Ability to create your own custom duration setting based on time of day or duration.
- Soothing background sounds including Atmospheric Music, Waterfall, Flowing Creek, Ocean Waves, Forest, Rain, Thunder and Pink Noise (a common type of background noise used with binaural tones). Your brain will process the binaural frequencies played over these background sounds.
- You can save your preferred settings, including background choice, iTunes playlist, Alarm settings, and volume for each Brainwave Program.
- Use the included Ambience or create a playlist of your own iTunes Music to use with each program.
- Choose from one of the 6 included gentle alarm sounds, or select one of your own iTunes Music tracks for the alarm (alarm is optional).
Brain Wave Programs
- Morning Coffee
- Espresso Shot
- Morning Meditation
- Focused and Alert
- Critical Thinking
- Memory Boost
- Problem Solving
- Confidence Boost
- Pre-Exercise Energy
- Creativity Boost
- Positive Mood Boost
- Motivation Boost
- Stress Reduction
- Anger Relief
- Calm Reflection
- Reduce Anxiety
- Deep Relaxation
- Lucid Dreaming
- Dreamy Sleep
- Power Nap
- Deep Sleep
- Deep Sleep with Binaural Wake-up Stage
- Dreamy Sleep with Binaural Wake-up Stage
- Headache Relief
- Hangover Relief
- Yoga Meditation
Included Ambient Backgrounds
- Ocean Waves
- Ocean Waves 2
- Rain and Thunder
- Atmospheres: Serenity
- Atmospheres: Awakening
- Atmospheres: Space
- Medium Rain
- Light Rain
- Flowing Creek
- Pink Noise
- Chinese Flute 1
- Chinese Flute 2
Safety Warning: Brainwave entrainment can take effect rapidly and should never be used while driving or operating machinery.