The ability to sleep well is critical to your physical, mental, and emotional health. To capture the most restorative rest possible, your brain must be primed to easily slip into recuperative deep sleep. Fortunately for us, the brain’s most complex inner-workings are becoming better understood through research and progress is being made in regards to finding the triggers needed to achieve optimal sleep.
To simplify things, there are three main stages of sleep: light sleep, rapid eye movement (REM), and deep sleep. In light sleep and REM, an individual’s brain waves are very similar to brain waves while awake. Deep sleep is characterized by long-burst brain waves called delta waves, which occur only during this window. When humans don’t get enough deep sleep, the ability to learn is inhibited and the body’s cells struggle to recover. Deep sleep is also the stage in which individuals commit daily interactions to long-term memory, which also influences personality. As people age, less delta waves are produced.
Scientists and researchers are currently working to figure out how to stimulate deep sleep by playing sounds that mirror brain waves specifically during this stage of sleep. Figuring out which sound patterns prompt the brain to create delta waves is certainly key in continuing to develop the right sound environment to promote deep sleep.
Scientifically engineered sleep sounds are starting to appear within the smartphone app landscape. One such app is Endel, which was designed by a dedicated Berlin-based team of artists, developers, and scientists. This iOS mobile app is now available globally and generates real-time personalized sound environments to enhance sleep, focus, and relaxation. This recently released tool makes it easy for its user to ease the mind, minimize distractions, and help capture some valuable shuteye in a more relaxed environment. The app’s sound engine incorporates specially tuned noises to make distracting sounds and harsh interruptions less audible through sound masking. Users can choose from four different sound modes based on their personal needs at any given time— Sleep, Relax, Focus, and On-the-Go. The app then automatically generates a distinct natural soundscape, which also adapts real-time to a number of personal inputs like location, time zone, weather, and heart rate.
Endel’s core algorithm is based on circadian rhythms, pentatonic scale, and sound masking. These carefully crafted sound environments are completely algorithm-powered and meant to gently rise and fall in line with your current conditions. This app gives your mind and body what it needs to achieve total immersion in any task, including falling into deep sleep. Download Endel at the App Store here or via the following button.