More than 60% of people encounter problems with their sleep, whether it is initially getting to sleep, staying asleep or waking up too early.

Then there are the folks who work night shifts, serve as caregivers, face health challenges or simply don’t make time to get a full night’s rest.

Let’s face it. We all have those times when we need a nap. Maybe we didn’t sleep well, are sick, serve as a caregiver or our schedule didn’t give us the opportunity to grab a good’s night sleep.

I remember one trip to New York City, when I lived in Oklahoma. I had to leave my house at 3:00 a.m. and then because of delays, I ended up staying up almost 24 hours. Yes, if anyone needed a power nap, it was me!

Fortunately, I had been using Hemi-Sync already and owned a copy of a “nap” exercise called Catnapper. While on one of the flights, I decided to play my exercise. Because I was so sleep deprived, I looped it (repeated it) three times and woke up from this experience refreshed and feeling like I had gotten a full night’s rest.

Brian Dailey, MD, also thinks the Catnapper is the cat’s meow.

Dr. Dailey said: “As a surgery intern, we routinely worked one hundred plus hour work weeks with chronic sleep deprivation. In a 24-hour shift we might get the opportunity for a one-hour nap, so I would listen to Catnapper twice, which takes one hour to do. It would induce profound relaxation and help combat sleep deprivation and the resulting ‘brain fog.’ Fortunately, since then laws have been passed limiting medical residents to an 80-hour workweek.”

How does it work?

Catnapper, an exercise that lasts 30 minutes, is designed to help individuals complete a full sleep cycle in a compressed format, which averages from 90 to 120 minutes and was created and voiced by Robert Monroe. There’s also Sleep Deeply, which is 25 minutes and has no verbal guidance. They both are designed to provide the opportunity to obtain deeply restorative rest with the added incentive of waking up refreshed.

Catnapper was originally created to help mothers of newborns who needed to rest for short periods of time while their babies were sleeping. It did not take long for others to discover and use it.

In our opinion, Catnapper is more effective than a power nap, a term coined by Social Psychologist James Maas at Cornell University. The idea is that an individual can effectively supplement normal sleep taking short naps during the day, which are typically less than 15 minutes.

As I said previously, I use it when flying, especially if I have crazy itineraries. While recovering from surgery, I used it to aid in my sleep. I could only sleep two to three hours at a time due to stiffness and pain. I knew that reaching deeper stages of sleep would help my body heal. We have already mentioned mothers of newborns. While baby is sleeping mom can get a 30-minute nap. Students cramming for those final exams can sneak in a 30-minute rest and be refreshed and able to continue studying.

You Don’t Feel Groggy

Because the exercise is cycling you through the stages of sleep, you awake feeling refreshed and not groggy. We wake up feeling groggy when we take short naps because we tend to become aware in the middle of the sleep cycle and not when are brains are near the “wake up/alert” stage. Using Catnapper or similar solves this challenge.

How does Hemi-Sync work? You read more about it by clicking here.

Click here to learn more about how to download and the equipment you need, which can be minimal.

Want to know even more about it? We teach a sound medicine course that offers practical applications. We welcome participants and are always looking for facilitators.

Allyn Evans