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.
Last updated: September 13, 2010