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Sleep Machines

  1. Dec 2, 2008 #1
    Anyone use sleep machines? My father is asking one for xmas. Are they really just cd players or is there more to it? For example this Brookstone one I am looking at has claims of delta wave technology. Is that bunk?

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  3. Dec 2, 2008 #2
    I sometimes found predictable frequency white noise helped me when I was trying to sleep... but I found the dryer worked well enough, so I just always started it before bed. Now this isn't needed... We moved to a better apartment where the kids' room is on the far end away from our room (one of the kids rolls around growling in his sleep... yikes! It was getting to the point where I was going to buy the machine AND send him for a sleep study!) So sorry, can't vouch for the machines... just the idea of white noise!
  4. Dec 2, 2008 #3


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    Buy him a cheap fan, Greg. I keep a fan in my bedroom year-round, as does my niece (her fan-addiction started when she lived in a dorm). White noise, suppression of background noise, and a comforting constancy....

  5. Dec 4, 2008 #4
    I am also a fan addict. I think it started when I got my own personal computer in my room back in high school. A nice loud, dusty 250W PS running everynight will put you to sleep like a baby.
    Then it upgraded to a small fan, then an overhead fan (old one that makes noise).
    Now I can't sleep without background noise.

    (PS. I now keep my computer in the other room since a 500W power supply running like 8 internal fans and the video card (8600GTS) is like a lawnmower. Thats a little much.)

    If you haven't slept with a fan on in your room I suggest you try it. You'll never go back!

    As to the OP, maybe its just a similar effect. It may not be the sounds themselves that put you to sleep but rather the continual use over time building up a conditioned response of "sleepy time" whenever you hear it.
  6. Dec 4, 2008 #5
    Why not just get him a bottle of chloroform?

    Also, would he use headphones? Cuz I cannot fall asleep with any sort of accessory like that, even a night guard was a hassle.
  7. Dec 4, 2008 #6
    this is my sleep machine: 648_pd229927_1.gif

    but i've found the white noise of a humidifier has a nice double whammy, in that it also keeps my sinuses damp so they don't get irritated and swell.
  8. Dec 4, 2008 #7

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    Star Trek TOS reruns seem to work well for Tsu.
  9. Dec 14, 2008 #8
    Hey Greg, get your father one for Christmas, especially if he's hinting at one! Don't get him a fan for Christmas!!!! LOL

    I've been using a Norelco version which is pretty cool because it's got this huge on/off button on top which is easy to find in the dark. I just picked up a Brookstone version at Goodwill which is how I found this thread. I'm sitting here listening to it--the ocean surf. It definitely does the trick. It's making me sleepy right now. I let the Norelco go all night every night with the ocean surf rolling by and I swear by it. It not only helps me get to sleep, it helps me stay asleep, which is sometimes more important.

    And it's doesn't use as much electricity as a fan. And how often in December do you want a fan going?

    As for getting to sleep, nothing does it better than a really boring book. Two or three pages in and I'm out.
  10. Jan 10, 2009 #9
    Proton, with ya on the melatonin.

    I used to be able to sleep through anything, but these days I require complete silence and darkness. Background 'white noise' doesn't do it for me. When I design my own home, the bed part of the 'bedroom' will be a seperate chamber, soundproofed, with no windows. I've had to crawl out of bed more than once to unplug all the gadgets that have those damned blue LEDs all over them for no reason, and hung towels over the windows to block out streetlights.
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    On the same note as the fan concept, I use an air filter (because I live in Michigan and don't appreciate fans running when the temperature is already approaching absolute zero). It's a bit more expensive, but the effects on both sleep and the air itself are noticeable after a while.
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  12. Feb 14, 2009 #11

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    A number of posts have been deleted. Let's stay on topic please.

    We need to stay away from recommendations to use particular medications or drugs.
  13. Feb 14, 2009 #12
    Would a conversation about Michael Jackson's oxygen tent be off-topic?

    I leave the TV on all night...program a variety that won't give me nightmares...SERIOUSLY!
  14. Feb 27, 2009 #13
    I'm not just saying this because I'm a mattress salesman, but if you have trouble sleeping, or are easily woken up by the slightest thing, it might be your mattress.

    If your mattress is too hard and doesn't relieve pressure, it causes you to toss and turn at night. When you move at night, this brings you to a lighter stage of sleep, and therefore you will be more likely to wake up. Also, it's harder to get "comfortable" when first trying to go to sleep if there is excessive pressure on your body.

    I used to think I was a light sleeper until I got my current mattress. At first, I thought the mattress was too soft, but I sleep all the way through the night, right through some things that would usually wake me up. For example, my roommates apologized for being loud one night, and apparently they were right outside my bedroom door, and I didn't hear a thing. That kind of thing would usually wake me up easily. Also, their son screaming and crying at night only wakes me up about once every other week nowadays... He used to wake me up nearly every night before I got my nice soft mattress.

    So, if your mattress is old, springy, or just plain hard, it might be time to upgrade. When you go shopping for a mattress, don't automatically assume you need something "firm" meaning "hard." Get something supportive that still is soft up top to relieve pressure.

    If you spend a lot of money on drugs to help you sleep, (or extra-strong coffee to wake you up in the morning,) the mattress may even pay for itself in a few years.
  15. Mar 3, 2009 #14
    I have a sleep machine, it's my TV. My Toshiba CRT has a shut off feature that lets me set the amount of time to shut off and a few minutes before it shuts off it starts slowly lowering the volume. Pretty cool, it has never woken me up when it shuts off and I'm a light sleeper.
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  16. Apr 1, 2009 #15
    Honestly I have found that a routine and not watching TV, or playing on the computer the best ways to get to sleep.

    As to the sleep machines, if a person want to use them b/c they think it will help them sleep then indeed it might. The placebo effect can be quite powerful. If you believe it will relax you and let you get to sleep, there is a decent chance it will.

    Stress about not being able to get to sleep is one of the more deadly sleep enemies.
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    This always worked for me

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