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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Free ($0.99 for additional soundtracks)

Airsleep for iOS turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into an in-flight sleep system.

If you are someone like me, sleeping on an airplane is all but impossible. I can count on one hand the number of times I have gotten any meaningful sleep on a plane, and that includes trans-Atlantic flights. The app is currently free at the iTunes store until the end of the year.

When you first install the app, you are confronted with what I considered to be a rather intimidating disclaimer that you must sign off on before you can use the app. It warns that pregnant women, individuals with a pacemaker and people prone to epilepsy or seizures shouldn’t use the app.

 

The app gives you three different sound mixes for free. If you want more, you can purchase them within the app for $0.99 each. So over time, this “free” app could get a little pricey. The app uses patent-pending Dreamwave technology, which is based on brain wave science that blends ambient sounds with low tones to activate delta waves. Delta waves are low frequency brain waves that the brain produces when in the deepest stages of sleep. The idea is that the Dreamwave technology helps the user to achieve a deeper level of relaxation in order to sleep.

The soundtracks combine a mix of nature sounds and ambient music. Combining the music and nature sounds makes for an odd mix, and I’m not sure I could handle it for long periods of time. However, if the app does what it’s supposed to do, I would sleep through most of it! The three preloaded tracks are Rainy Day, Beach Sleep and Desert Wind. After selecting a track, you can select a duration from one minute to 10 hours (the shorter the trip, the faster the Brainwave technology will bring you into a deep sleep). When the selected amount of time has passed, Airsleep also lets you choose the wake chime—harps, bells, chimes, xylophone or gong.

Airsleep is an interesting potential fix for those who can’t sleep on an airplane (and who can’t afford noise-cancelling headphones). By blending ambient noise with science, the app hopes to coax the brain into a deep and relaxing sleep. However, you also have to be someone who isn’t bothered by background noise in order to fall asleep. I will be curious to try this app out on my next plane trip.

Airsleep for iOS

Free ($0.99 for additional soundtracks)


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