Beat Insomnia With Sleeping Pills Beth Snyder February 6, 2015 No, not that kind. Those kind of sleeping pills wouldn’t warrant a post! I’m talking about a new app called Sleeping Pills, which purports to make you fall asleep within 10 minutes. I remain skeptical. If you’ve been around for a while, you know that waking up early is not in my repertoire… but that’s mostly because going to sleep early is pretty much of an impossibility for me. In fact, right now it’s pushing midnight, I’ve been awake since 6:30 am, I worked a ton of hours, and I couldn’t be further from sleep. So I’m going to try out this app. It’s free, so why not? I’ll report back later on what I think, but I’ll have to give it a fair trial first. The way Sleeping Pills works is it shines a beam of light on your ceiling. The light brightens and dims, and you’re supposed to match your breathing to what the light is doing. This apparently stops cortisol from being released into your body, causing you to fall asleep. (Side thought: Isn’t cortisol something that’s supposed to make you fat as well? I swear there’s a magic diet pill on TV that is supposed to reduce cortisol and get you skinny.) That’s all there is to it! The breathing methods you’re following by doing as the light tells you are apparently yoga methods, so it’s possible there’s actually something to this. This video doesn’t actually contain much information, but it made me giggle so I’m including it. Sleeping Pills has been available for Android since last October, and has recently been released for iOS as well. As I mentioned above, it’s free, so what do you have to lose? My download completed and the app was scanned for problems (it’s clean) in the time it took me to write this, so I’ll probably be trying it in a little while here. My cynical side says it sounds too good to be true, and I can already tell you that “beam of light” is an incredibly optimistic way of putting it. In reality, your phone’s screen shows white or dark. But the part of me normally incapable of falling asleep before 4am is looking at my upcoming work schedule and thinking it’s definitely worth a shot. Source: TweakTown Share This With The World!