An new app developed by a Simon Fraser University researcher promises to help you sleep better by harnessing the power of the imagination.
Luc Beaudoin says the “mySleepButton” app prompts the listener to imagine a series of images – a banana, a hotel, an elephant – that are shuffled through quickly.
“First, it interferes with the kind of thinking that keeps you awake at night. You know, when you’re doing this, using this technique you can’t be thinking about your problems at the same time, it doesn’t work because the mind is a bit of a one track thing. And the other thing is it kind of scrambles your thinking, which we think is conducive to sleep onset.”
He says the app is aimed at bettering people’s lives by helping trigger sleep, leading to a more productive day.
mySleepButton can be found on Apple as a free iTunes download.