THE DREAMPAD MUSIC APP
The Dreampad team has been making music for therapeutic purposes for over a decade. We create all Dreampad music in house (except the Classical piece), and we use frequencies, tempo and structure which are proven to be the most conducive to sleep and relaxation. We integrate nature sounds as well, adding natural rhythm and a textural quality to the pieces.
The Dreampad music app offers a great selection for relaxation and sleeping, as well as a convenient interface for controlling the music. The app includes a Timer for setting playing time, an Alarm that wakes you gently from your dreams, a broad range of volume settings for listening on your back or your side, and some really helpful sleep tips to enhance the effectiveness of the Dreampad. We think you’ll love it but if you prefer your own playlist, that’s fine, too.
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The new line of Dreampads includes an expanded menu of 10 music options. We suggest giving each of these a brief listen to find those that suit you best. One of the new pieces, The Sound of Waves, introduces a first-in-field rhythmic breathing: a de-stress program in which the listener synchs their breathing pattern to the sound of waves. The Sound of Waves is offered in 3 versions which correspond to different breathing rhythms – again, have a listen to see which works best for you!
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The Sound of Waves Program
The new Dreampad music app includes a rhythmic breathing exercise in which you synch your breath to the sound of ocean waves.
Slow and focused deep breathing has been used over the centuries in many cultures to calm the mind. In today’s stressful world, it’s a wonderful tool for relaxing the body and mind whether the goal is to de-stress or have a good night’s sleep. Research shows that rhythmic breathing has the following effects:
- Reduce stress and engage our nervous system’s relaxation response
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate
- Increase production of GABA, a neurotransmitter which reduces stress
- Increase vagal tone, a key indicator of a healthy heart and a relaxed mind
The Sound of Waves program uses the rhythmic pattern of waves as a guide for your breathing. The idea is to sync your inhale/exhale rhythm with the ebb and flow of the wave, and maintain that pattern for an entire session (which could be a 10-minute de-stress session or a few minutes before falling asleep).
The 3 program options move at different breathing rates: Level I is a rate of 7 breaths per minute (bpm), Level II is a rate of 6 bpm, Level III is a rate of 5 bpm. We recommend starting at Level II; if your natural breathing pace is longer (slower) than the wave pattern, move up to Level III. As you become practiced, you will feel like you are breathing with the ocean and it will become easier and easier to fall into this rhythm when you lie down, or awake in the middle of the night.
- To find which level is right for you, start at Level II and see how it goes. If keeping up with the pattern makes you out of breath, try going down to Level I. The volume level should be clearly audible but on the quiet side.
- Begin inhaling at the point of silence right after the wave breaks. As you slowly inhale, you can hear the wave beginning to build. You will take a full deep breath as the wave builds and then slowly exhale as it breaks.
- After the wave breaks there is a moment of silence at which time you should be completing your exhale and beginning to inhale again. Again, inhale as the wave begins to build, and exhale as it breaks.
- You can lie either on your side, or on your back with your head turned to the side to better hear the wave.
- Breathing through your nose, begin each breath in the abdomen so that your stomach comes out as you inhale. (Placing one hand on the stomach can help you focus on this.)
- As you breath in and out, allow your exhale to lengthen; it should be slow and relaxed, and longer than your inhale.
- Don’t worry about precision; your breathing should be approximately in sync with the wave cycle
- Counting your breaths can sometimes help keep your mind from wandering. Count to 10 breaths and start over.
- If your mind wanders off and you find yourself re-thinking the same old stuff, don’t get frustrated. Come back to breathing with the rhythm of the wave. One breath at a time.
Dreampad Music FAQs
Dreampad music is developed in house based on the latest sleep research findings, including the core aspects of tempo, frequency, nature sounds and brain wave activity during sleep. There are 10 music options on the app, all of which are ambient except for one classical choice. Ambient, or a-melodic, music is preferred for sleeping because the brain tends to engage in a melody and while it may be relaxing, it’s not ideal for falling asleep.
The volume should be set at a comfortable level that allows you to relax and fall asleep. Too loud and you won’t be able to relax, too soft and you will find yourself straining to hear the music. Experiment with the volume; test it in different sleeping positions. A couple points to keep in mind: 1) the volume required to hear the music when lying on your back is typically higher than when sleeping on your side, 2) lie quietly for a minute and you will realize your ability to hear the music at a low volume improves as you listen.
The Dreampad Sleep App has a timer so you can set the music to play as long as you wish. If you purchase a pre-loaded mp3 player with the Dreampad music, each song plays for two hours and can be set to repeat if you wish.
There is no restriction on the duration of use, nor any known negative effects from extended use, although we recommend starting with shorter sessions to ensure that you are acclimated to the unique vibrational input (also called ‘bone conducted music’) before listening for longer periods of time.
The music that comes with the Dreampad is specifically created for use with Intrasound Technology for the purpose of falling and staying asleep. However, if you wish to listen to your own music through the Dreampad, we encourage you to experiment and enjoy different types of music.
Yes, the music should be audible; this is not a subliminal music program. If you can’t hear the music, a) make sure it’s playing by listening to it without the Dreampad, b) check your volume level, and c) make sure your connections are good. We recommend listening at a relatively low volume level. If there is ambient noise in the room, such as a fan or humidifier, this will interfere with your ability to hear the Dreampad music so we suggest either turning off the ambient sound or raising the volume of the Dreampad.
The music is probably either too loud or too engaging. First, make sure the volume isn’t so loud that it is preventing sleep. Second, consider changing to one of the other music options.