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Prescription Audio Nocturne review

We’re happy to review products that claim to relieve insomnia – however, we always pass the opportunity to members of our insomnia help forums. That way, the most important people (our members) enjoy the benefits of trying new products and our readers get unbiased reviews.

This review comes courtesy of Kik who also blogs (every once in a while!) at EightySixThirty.

Disclosure: We were provided with a free copy of Nocturne by Prescription Audio for the purposes of this review.

The Prescription Audio handbook thanks the reader “for embarking on a journey with us... a journey of awakening”. Perhaps not the best choice of words when marketing to an insomnia sufferer. The Nocturne program predominantly sells itself as a de-stress and deep relaxation tool; not as a sleep aid. However, the distributors make some bold claims regarding that elusive good night's sleep. In particular, the manual describes the hour long track as “designed to guide your brainwave patterns to levels of deep delta sleep in just minutes”. So, armed with an MP3 player and a comfortable pair of ear phones, I embarked on a two week road test.

At the end of week one, I did notice a few subtle differences at night. My usual bedtime brain-whiz was certainly much quieter once the program had run. My general feeling of relaxation however wasn't any deeper then having normally spent an hour awake in bed. I couldn't fully determine how much of my quieter mind was down to the track and how much was a result of my television and computer being off for an hour before bed.

One niggle I was unable to overcome kept occurring around the twenty minute point of the program. A loud piano piece is added to the mix bringing me straight out of any relaxed state I might have reached. Perhaps this was what was meant by the described “journey of awakening”. Not to be deterred, I made several attempts to adjust the levels in iTunes but to no avail.

Concluding the road test, I was left disappointed by the Nocturne program. Having tried a lot of meditation tracks and sleep aids, I found it difficult to ascertain what was so advanced about this one. The standard background noise of crashing waves and the synthesiser music added nothing new or innovative to the MP3. As a relaxation tool, I have to admit listening out for the upcoming volume jump only added to the stress.

If you do find listening to natural sounds or quiet music a help when drifting off to sleep, I would suggest finding a CD/MP3 that is solely a soundtrack and not a tool. The science behind the creation of the nocturne program sadly did not come through for me.

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Last updated: September 13, 2010

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    November 15, 2010, 10:16 pm

    The sudden change in volume and sound type would jolt me out of sleep too! Before CDs, it was suggested that I play one of those tapes of nothing but ocean waves, but the sound of the tape recorder reversing would pull me out of sleep. I haven’t found an ocean album that didn’t have screechy seagulls, interfering music, or booming fog warnings. Same for rain albums–don’t need the thunder, just the constant sound of rain that I can tell is *rain* not just white noise modulated as rain sound.

    I’m not willing to give up 30 days of getting to sleep to see if it works the second month.

    Again, PTSD issues and brain effects are NOT the same as mere lifelong insomniacs.

  • Sophia
    September 15, 2010, 1:06 pm

    My name is Sophia and I work on behalf Prescription Audio. I would like to thank you for dedicating the time to use our nocturne program. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with the Nocturne program. Hundreds of Nocturne users have shared great feedback about the program with us, including musician, Merrill Osmond as well as an Ambien user, who was able to stop using the sleeping aid due to Prescription Audio’s Nocturne Program.
    A recent EEG study has shown positive results in all patients after 30 days of using Nocturne. There are more details about the study here:
    Husband & wife team Jill and Rod Slane originally aimed their program to help ease the anguish of veterans suffering from post-war PTSD. The Prescription Audio PTSD program is currently being prescribed within the VA and US Army hospitals to aid in the treatment of PTSD, insomnia, high stress and compassion fatigue. Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) endorses Prescription Audio. Subsequently, the Slanes determined that audio therapy can aid in weight loss, stress & sleeping disorders.

    Using Pure Tones, Holistic Auditory Stimuli & Quantum Sound Layering, Prescription Audio is different than CDs of relaxing sounds of the ocean waves and there is truly a science behind changing your mental state.
    Best of luck in your search for a good night’s sleep.