The Best Way to Beat Insomnia

I need to share this sleep inducing app.

Now before you get all apeshit and say STEPH how can you be so gullible. Let me share my experience.

It’s the most effective sleep inducing thing okay, and trust me I’ve tried close to everything, from drinking chamomile tea to warm milk to melatonin (no effect :<) to dousing myself in wine (okay, quite effective.).

The story goes something like this:

One night I was up, like at 3 or 4, not being able to sleep because I was too awake. Happens pretty frequently. So I tweeted something about not being able to sleep.

Zhili tweeted back, asking me to try this app.

I was doubting it (sorry Zhili) and told her I was too lazy to download it.

After about 20 mins of tossing and turning, I decided that I should try it. No harm right? So I downloaded SleepStream2 (free version…) and selected “deep sleep” or something along those lines. I heard the sound of rain playing through my speakers.

5 minutes later, I was asleep.


It’s crazy man. I’ve used it thrice so far and it hasn’t failed me. I haven’t fully figured out how to use it but hey, whatever works as long as I get to sweet sweet slumber. It states that it’s designed for headphones but it sure as hell works through an iPhone speaker.

If you find yourself unable to sleep at certain godforsaken hours in the morning, or super sleepy in the office but find it impossible to take a power nap cos you take too long to fall asleep, try this app.



You can pick from different sounds! My favorite is… rain. You can even go into details like distant thunder, on tent, in city…


Use the app for naps, and apparently meditation and learning (?). Powernaps are great with this – you fall asleep easily and wake up gently with the timer and alarm funciton.

From their website:

Studies suggest that a power-nap can raise energy levels by 30% and be as effective as three hours of normal sleep. A Power-nap is a short sleep session which terminates before deep sleep (or slow wave, delta sleep) occurs. Scientific experiments show that an average power-nap duration of 20 minutes is most effective.

SleepStream’s timer function makes it easy to enjoy power-naps! Simply engage the timer and alarm button, and SleepStream will gently wake you after your session has ended.


They even have calming pics on their visualizer. I am too lazy to rotate.

Here they sort of explain what the sorcery is:



From Wiki:

Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain for specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th century based on claims that binaural beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. The effect on the brainwaves depends on the difference in frequencies of each tone: for example, if 300 Hz was played in one ear and 310 in the other, then the binaural beat would have a frequency of 10 Hz.

Quite cheem ah. I still don’t really understand. You can get more info at their website.

Just try, let me know if it works.

Sleep well!!!

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