|August 15, 2011

How I Learned To Fall Asleep Four Times Faster

How I Learned To Fall Asleep Four Times Faster

For productivity-minded people, waiting to fall asleep is like waiting for anything else–it’s a waste of time. Whether it’s stress, too much caffeine, excitement, or just thoughtfulness, lying in bed and being unable to fall asleep is miserable. Here is how I learned to get to sleep in less than 25% of the time it used to take me.

Three years ago, before I started on the Bulletproof Diet, I used to lay in bed for nearly an hour every night before my mind became calm enough for sleep.  Listening to something soothing like soft music or white noise (like a fan) helped a little, but  I’d been trying those techniques for a while to help me fall asleep with limited results.

Three months ago, my told me I had reduced my average time to sleep to somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. I think my emWave2 and the Bulletproof Diet were the biggest contributors to that improvement. At 30 minutes to fall asleep, I was just above average for men my age, but I wanted to figure out just how low I could get this number.

I tried using audio tracks containing isochronic tones that guided my brain into a delta (deep sleep) state.  While this worked well for a couple weeks,  I noticed that it STOPPED working after a while because I knew what was coming next and would lie there thinking about it instead of sleeping. Dave later told me this was a common problem with verbal “go to sleep” tracks.

Dave suggested I could either search online to find more tracks to download and rotate through them, or simply use a unique piece of software he also uses called Pzizz.  Pzizz is an audio tool that uses brain entrainment technology (like isochronic tones, binaural beats, and other cool things), but it’s not just any other brain entrainment program.  Pzizz is an audio-generation engine that is capable of producing over one hundred billion combinations of tracks that sound almost exactly alike.  In reality, however–to your brain–the tracks are different and the effectiveness does not wear off because your brain can’t predict what’s coming next.

Even though it stands to reason that Pzizz would need at least 10-20 minutes to entrain your brain to sleep, I’ve noticed that my brain knows the routine now and starts defaulting to sleep right when the Pzizz audio starts.   now posts my average time to sleep at just 7 minutes.

Many nights I fall asleep instantly, and stay asleep.  Check out this night with time to Z at 4 minutes, with zero wake time and an unusually high ZQ of 80 for just 5:52 of sleep:



Pzizz is becoming more and more popular because it really works.  It worked for me, it works for Dave,  and it can work for you to help you get to sleep faster.

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