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10:13 PM, Jun 7, 2009   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -A Sarasota doctor convinced me of the benefits of listening to a "sleep inducing CD" right before bed.

I work really late hours so it can be hard for me to fall asleep right after a late newscast. I bought a CD at a music store about 3 years ago and I still listen every night..

As you'll see in this story below, you can even have a personalized sleep CD made just for you.

Sarasota, Florida--When it's time to doze off into dreamland, but you're still tossing and turning, you'll try just about anything to fall asleep.

Chanse Haas, Brain Music Therapy Patient:
“I'm laying there, my wife is asleep, the dog is asleep, I'm not. I'm just staring into the black oblivion.”

Back pain kept Chanse Haas from getting a good night sleep for a year and a half. That meant his wife, Shana, didn't sleep either.

Shana, Chanse's Wife:
“We were miserable the entire time.”

At one point, Chanse was taking seven different medications to sleep through the night. Now, he no longer takes anything to fall sleep.

Instead, he turns to his headphones for a unique treatment called, Brain Music Therapy. He's actually listening to his own relaxed brain waves, converted into music. The 12 minute soothing piano tune puts him right to sleep.

Chanse Haas, Brain Music Therapy Patient:
“Just when you think you're going to fall asleep, all of the sudden a thought hits or something hits the brain causing it to jump, almost like a spark. With the brain music, it felt to me like it was kind of putting out the fire. It puts a damper on it and eventually I got to the point where it started working.”

Sarasota Neurotherapist, Dr. George Rozelle, has spent years studying brain waves. While he was the clinical director of an addiction center in Sarasota, he saw first hand, how brain wave therapy helped alcoholics.

He contacted Dr. Galina Mindlin at the Brain Music Therapy Center in New York City to bring the treatment to the Bay area.

Dr. George Rozelle, PhD MindSpa :
“People tend to go to doctors and say, 'I've got a problem, fix me.' I tend to take a different approach and help empower people.”

Dr. Rozelle says that when you listen to the brainwave music, your brain recognizes it as its own self in a resting state and it begins to mirror that.

Brain Music Therapy records your relaxed brain waves using an EEG (electroencephalogram) and converts them into unique piano music. Dr. Rozelle says the musical sounds correlate to your specific brain waves to get your mind and body to relax.

It takes three to four weeks to receive your personalized CD and costs $550.

While it has been music to the ears of thousands of patients in other countries, it doesn't help everyone.

A group of researchers first discovered the benefits of Brain Music Therapy at the Moscow Medical Academy in the 1990's. A double blind study at the University of Toronto Sleep Research Laboratory found it had an 82 to 85 percent success rate.

Chanse says he's thankful it worked for him.

Chanse Haas, Brain Music Therapy Patient:
“I'm not a scientist or anything but I can say it did work. I'm able to sleep. I'm able to be more active during the day. I don't take any sleep aids and I'm actually able to enjoy my wife, my family and everybody else." ”
Shana Haas, Chanse's Wife:
“Now I feel like he's with me, he's not tired all the time. We're both sleeping well throughout the night, so really it's a whole different life. It's a whole different quality of life"”

You can check out Dr. George Rozelle's website here

Additional Sleep Solutions:

  • Take your computer or television out of the bedroom
  • Stick to a specific sleep/wake schedule
  • Create a sleep nest with dark windows, lavender aromatherapy and comfortable bedding.
  • Listen to soft, soothing music to quiet your brain. Dr. Rozelle recommends these brain wave music CD's: Delta Sleep System by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. [Click here], Harmonic Sleep by Paul Swingle, Ph.D by Neuroacoustic Labs. [Click here ])Instead of reading or watching television, work on a jigsaw puzzle to block a busy brain.
  • Eat foods high in tryptophan (produces melatonin) such as bananas, milk, turkey, whole-grain breads and crackers.
  • Don't eat two hours before bed or have caffeine later in the day.
  • Ideal sleep temperature is 75 degree fahrenheit. Jot down all worries and concerns so you can deal with them in the morning.
  • Block out all thoughts and focus on taking 10 to 20 deep, relaxing breaths.
  • See your doctor to rule out any serious health issues

    Snooze Foods (eat a few hours before bed):

    These are foods high in the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan:

  • Dairy products: cottage cheese, cheese, milk
  • Soy products: soy milk, tofu, soybean nuts
  • Seafood
  • Meats
  • Poultry
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Hummus
  • Lentils
  • Hazelnuts, Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds
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