OGDEN -- What a bunch of hooey.
That was my initial reaction when I started listening to the Sleep Genius, a new Apple app designed to help you get to sleep faster, deeper and longer.
Alex Doman, the chief scientist for Sleep Genius and founder of Advanced Brain Technologies in Ogden, compares the app to being rocked to sleep, with the use of sounds and rhythms and "pink noise." All you have to do is download the app for $4.99 and push the play button.
So that's what I did.
During the first minute or so, I actually felt more awake than I did when I began listening to the program, which consisted of viola, piano and ocean sounds. I even felt a little restless, but I closed my eyes and continued listening as my cat nestled peacefully at my feet.
About three minutes into the program, I was wide awake and decided the Sleep Genius wasn't working for me. In fact, I was getting annoyed and thought to myself, "What a bunch of hooey." I rolled over, turned my light out and continued listening. It wasn't long before I started to feel more relaxed than I've felt in months. I don't remember moving a single muscle for the next eight hours.
I also put my pregnant daughter, her husband and my best friend and her husband to the test. All but one -- who admitted to drinking a caffeinated beverage late in the afternoon -- slept soundly using the Sleep Genius.
So, how does it work?