A lot of the things I review on this travel gear blog I'm very enthusiastic about and I use them in my travels. Sometimes I try out an item that's a total bust and I don't mention it. The Nap26 sleep inducer CD falls somewhere in between.
The idea is that you listen to this audio recording with headphones or earplugs and a little later you wake up refreshed: "Feel like you slept 3 hours after 26 minutes."
If that sounds to you like the kind of outrageous claim you'd hear on an infomercial, I'm with you. But I do highly value a good afternoon nap now and then (especially when I can swing in a hammock in Mexico). The claim that the almost inaudible pulses in this sync up with your brain waves probably has some grounding in good scientific principles. So I gave it a shot on three different lazy afternoons.
The verdict? For me anyway, a 33% success rate. And for that time, I fell asleep halfway through it, which means I only got a 13 minute nap. Good enough for Thomas Edison maybe, but not for me.
The success of the Nap26 probably depends on how well you sleep normally. My significant other has all kinds of sleep problems and wears earplugs and a mask at night. But then put her in front of a TV and pop in a movie---out like a light. She's going to try this out soon and will probably have better success than me. I normally don't need any help dropping off to sleep and the white noise in this distracted me more than it helped me.
The Nap26 website is full of testimonials from happy customers though, from all walks of life, and there's a money back guarantee if you don't see results. So if you could use more plane naps when you travel, for 20 bucks it's worth a shot.
You can download the CD to iTunes or as a MP3, but be advised it's not as simple as that. You have to tweak the settings so it is downloaded in full data-hogging mode, not as a compressed file.
Get it at the PowrNaps store.
Get it at Amazon.