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A device that softens noise is helping people sleep through the night

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Quieter, a Los Angeles company, has found a way to help you wake up naturally and help you fall asleep, while also promoting the business of sleeping products. No joke: The sensory experience is promoted with an Apple message, and the decibel level is cranked up to a pitch of 24 decibels.

According to Andrew Beale, president of Quieter and a sleep specialist, the objective is to help people to discover how quiet they need to be to fall asleep. He recommends starting with a 600- to 1,000-loud-decibel setting, which is comparable to noisy television programs and ambient music.

After the 800-decibel (24-dB) decision, the pattern moves up to a 2,000-decibel, 24-dB energy nap, followed by a 20-decibel sleep nap.

On the fifth successive 240-decibel, 20-decibel sleep nap, the 1,500-to 2,000-decibel soundscape sets up a category that can be deleted if the other three are not needed. It’s not perfect. Being a beginning, inexperienced sleeper takes time and distance, and because the levels of decibels, amplitude and frequency are relatively low, the resulting information is not dynamic.

And, too, the efficacy is measured in hours rather than minutes. The higher the sound level, the longer the duration. Because the device uses the voice of Joan Baez as background music and not music with sub-bass frequencies, it could be overstimulating. But it’s also a surprisingly sensorial experience.

Much of this is the significance of a placebo effect. If you believe you are slumbering under an ambient soft-wave sound, you won’t think it’s pressure or a terrible nightmare.

I had no problem sticking to my pattern. For example, I have slept in silence, with very few sounds, from 2 to 4 a.m. I entered this pattern after tripping on the bedcovers several nights while drunk, and going to sleep, with every sound.

When I switched the “noise level” over to a 1,000-decibel environment (not a standard of study), I was a little startled, but all my senses were there. And although this is the baseline, it’s the first night the folks at Quieter sent out a test bed, and my bedroom was calm.

In the subsequent days, I slept 10 hours a night — a real result.

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