It used to be, long ago, that I needed a good, sound nap when I got home from work. I was drowsy all day. I would nod off at my desk. Driving was dangerous. In retrospect it's clear that my sleep problems were due to several factors:
- I wasn't getting enough sleep. I was going to bed at midnight and getting up at 5:30.
- I wasn't getting quality sleep. My sleep apnea was preventing me from reaching the restful REM stage.
- I wasn't getting enough exercise.
- I was eating poorly. My sugar-laden diet encouraged crashes.
Recently, Matt mentioned in passing that he sometimes used "iPod naps". "What are those?" I asked. He explained that Merlin had recently raved about iPod naps, directed meditations (for lack of a better word) that you can carry around on your iPod.
I still didn't understand.
pzizz is a remarkable invention that combines several different proven techniques to help keep you feeling energized throughout the day. It combines Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques along with especially composed music, sound effects and a binaural beat to induce a wonderfully relaxed state, similar to that of the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep.
Whilst in this deeply relaxed state, pzizz is able to deliver billions of different combinations of suggestions through the structured language patterns and the sounds. These encourage the subconscious not only to relax but also to focus and energize both the body and the mind.
Every time you press “play” or choose to “export” some naps, the software will mix a new soundtrack for you so that you never hear exactly the same thing twice!
I still didn't understand. I downloaded the two sample naps and loaded them on my iPod. Now I understand.
Each "nap" contains typical New Age music in the background. In the foreground, a man with a soothing voice talks you though the napping process. He asks you to relax, to close your eyes, to just drift away. I know that he continues to talk after I fall asleep, but I'm not sure what he's saying. At the end of the nap, he starts asking you to wake up. And it works! When he says to begin waking up, I begin waking up!
For the past week, whenever I'm tired I've listened to the "energizer nap". Placebo effect or reality, I wake after fifteen minutes feeling refreshed. It's eerie.
I know this probably sounds crazy. And maybe it is. But I like this idea so much that I intend to purchase pzizz so that I can create my own custom naps.
On this day at foldedspace.org
2005 — Overrated In which I feel The Sting is an overrated movie.
2003 — The Literary Canon In which I meditate at length on the nature of the literary canon.