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Delta Sleep System

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson

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Album Review

Dr. Thompson has created music that is purely medicinal, in service of relaxation without any mysticism — there's nothing new agey or easy listening about it. Ordinarily, you don't have to hand-tool music that will put you to sleep; any kind of music will do the job if you aren't into it. What matters is how you feel when you wake up. If your musical selection just lets your mind drift after dinner then wake up in time for Letterman, time's been wasted. But a recording thoughtfully designed to get you to sleep and to give rest is a different matter. To review such a project comes closer to consumer advice than aesthetic analysis, and so be it: this two-disc set is so effective that I haven't made it all the way through a single cut 'til the very last. The liner notes prove that the musical content is more science than art. But after the research, craft must follow, and Dr. Thompson uses plenty. In his thickly layered electronic fusion — there are no vocals — ambient keyboards do the work of a hypnotist's watch by focussing the ear at two or three chords per cut; NASA space recordings and natural sounds supposedly encourage a Delta sleep state. Admittedly, the last cut on disc two, "Primordial Sounds," creates an odd effect reminescent of Brian Eno's "Thursday Afternoon"; at a high volume it sounds like water storming through PVC pipes. But at a nice, low volume, every spacey effect does the job. The center of your chest relaxes a few moments into the first cut, then the space between your eyes. Then you awake, feeling pretty good.

Customer Reviews

Yes folks this is music trying to get you into delta stage sleep not a hypnotic trance

Dr. Thompson has done a better job than most. His later work is even better. Thankfully iTunes is no longer misrepresenting that it provides an explanatory booklet. At this point the trinity of neuroaccoustics is Thompson, Halpern and Kenyon. Some others are producing brain-entrainment music. My Music for a Good Night's Sleep is one of the best. Look up the science(and it's a very young science) of neuroacoustics, binaural stimulation and brain entrainment to have a better understanding of why you need to sleep with earbuds or headphones.

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson's Delta Sleep System

In desperation, but with a great deal of skepticism, I obtained Dr. Thompson's Delta Sleep System. The first night my wife and I played it, I never heard the second tract. That experience remains the norm for me. I have been the poster boy for insomnia for years, with poor to wimpy therapeutic results from pills, potions, and even topical salves and brain wave entrainment. This incredible approach really works.

Finally something that works

I admit I was a bit skeptical - I've tried other kinds of sounds, and I found that relaxation nature sounds just never helped me get to sleep. Neither did rain sounds, various meditation music, or just about anything else I can think of. Although I found all of it relaxing and soothing, it just never helped with sleep. I tried this last night and I must say I've never once fallen alseep with headphones on before, but I did last night. The sounds just melted in the background, they are so smooth. I have no doubt there is some kind of medical basis behind this, but I'm sure it's rather simple - this isn't about brainwashing or any of that other silly stuff some people might automatically assume. Research it a bit and you'll find there is nothing voodooish or scary here, nor is this some sort of super awesome spiritual worker.

Delta Sleep System, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
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