How I Learned To Fall Asleep Four Times Faster

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For productivity-minded people, waiting to fall asleep is like waiting for anything else–it’s a waste of time. Whether it’s stress, too much caffeine, excitement, or just thoughtfulness, lying in bed and being unable to fall asleep is miserable. Here is how I learned to get to sleep in less than 25% of the time it used to take me.

Three years ago, before I started on the Bulletproof Diet, I used to lay in bed for nearly an hour every night before my mind became calm enough for sleep.  Listening to something soothing like soft music or white noise (like a fan) helped a little, but  I’d been trying those techniques for a while to help me fall asleep with limited results.

Three months ago, my Zeo told me I had reduced my average time to sleep to somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes. I think my emWave2 and the Bulletproof Diet were the biggest contributors to that improvement. At 30 minutes to fall asleep, I was just above average for men my age, but I wanted to figure out just how low I could get this number.

I tried using audio tracks containing isochronic tones that guided my brain into a delta (deep sleep) state.  While this worked well for a couple weeks,  I noticed that it STOPPED working after a while because I knew what was coming next and would lie there thinking about it instead of sleeping. Dave later told me this was a common problem with verbal “go to sleep” tracks.

Dave suggested I could either search online to find more tracks to download and rotate through them, or simply use a unique piece of software he also uses called Pzizz.  Pzizz is an audio tool that uses brain entrainment technology (like isochronic tones, binaural beats, and other cool things), but it’s not just any other brain entrainment program.  Pzizz is an audio-generation engine that is capable of producing over one hundred billion combinations of tracks that sound almost exactly alike.  In reality, however–to your brain–the tracks are different and the effectiveness does not wear off because your brain can’t predict what’s coming next.

Even though it stands to reason that Pzizz would need at least 10-20 minutes to entrain your brain to sleep, I’ve noticed that my brain knows the routine now and starts defaulting to sleep right when the Pzizz audio starts.  Zeo now posts my average time to sleep at just 7 minutes.

Many nights I fall asleep instantly, and stay asleep.  Check out this night with time to Z at 4 minutes, with zero wake time and an unusually high ZQ of 80 for just 5:52 of sleep:

 

pzizz

Pzizz is becoming more and more popular because it really works.  It worked for me, it works for Dave,  and it can work for you to help you get to sleep faster.

Dave and I decided to contact Nick, the CEO of Pzizz, to see how we could get it to you easily.  Nick has generously offered Pzizz (usually $89.99 for a license) for just $49.99 for Bulletproof Executive readers.

You can get your drastically discounted copy of Pzizz for PC or Mac right here:

Get Pzizz Pro for Windows – $49.99
Get Pzizz Pro for Mac – $49.99

We’d love to hear any feedback about your experience with Pzizz in the comments below.

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By Bethany Chard

  • Zingbo

    Andrew – agree that pzizz is incredibly effective for falling asleep. Do you sleep with headphones in all night? I find myself either ripping them out in my sleep and sleeping on them or waking up to take them off – not exactly conducive to REM sleep…any thoughts on this?

    Also, how does the emwave factor into your sleep routine?

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Clark

      Hi Zingbo,

      I don’t use headphones at all actually, I just play Pzizz on a system in the room with decent base that’s loud enough for brain entrainment but doesn’t bother other people. Work done on brain entrainment audio has found isochronic tones (headphones not required) to be at least as effective as binaural beats (traditionally headphones have been required for binaurals). Pzizz incorporates both and while it’s more effective with headphones, it’s still effective without them.

      emWave2 is a regular part of my sleep routine. I’ll usually do 5-10 minutes of HRV training with emWave2 about an hour before going to bed–it helps tremendously with letting the day go and settling into a peaceful mindset for a good night’s rest.

  • Hey mate,
    Great post!

    I have never had trouble falling asleep but i frequently wake between 2-4am and struggle to get back to sleep. Any suggestions?

    For a couple months I actually tried just getting up and starting my day at 4am but ended up getting really exhausted (total sleep 5-6 hours / night). Would love to be able to get by on that amount of sleep though, is Pzizz a good general solution for sleep quality?

    • Andrew Clark

      Hey Leon, thanks! I do turn on Pzizz sometimes to fall asleep again in the middle of the night. But honestly the biggest factor there is not seeing any blue-frequency light while you’re awake. Blue-frequency light (present in all normal white light) suppresses melatonin production and makes falling asleep again much more difficult, even with cool techniques like Pzizz.

      Check out using nightlights like these amber ones instead of normal bulbs:
      http://www.upgradedself.com/Sleep-Better/Low-Blue-Nightlight/flypage.tpl.html

      You could also check out CES / the Russian sleep machine, which Dave has used with great success:
      http://www.upgradedself.com/Brain-Hacking/CES-Ultra-Russian-Sleep-Machine/flypage.tpl.html

    • One idea about waking up at the same time every night…
      Chinese medicine says that each organ has a schedule. There are twelve energy pathways, or meridians, in the human body that connect to specific organs in the body. Chinese medicine believes that each organ has a two hour time period when the Qi is at its peak in that meridian. The Qi flows cyclically in a clockwise rotation like a wave through the meridians.

      We always pay attention to symptoms that occur repeatedly at specific times because this may be an indication of the organ that is out of balance. For example, waking every night between 1 and 3 a.m. almost always is indicative of a Liver imbalance.

    • Janette

      Waking up for 1 or 2 hours in the middle of the night was the norm for most of human history. Here’s a good article on the topic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783

      • Dave Asprey

        Agree. Not a bad thing!

  • Apneet Jolly

    Any thoughts on how the Android Pzizz app compares to the desktop one?

    • Dave Asprey

      Cheaper but significantly limited compared to desktop version.

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  • I have been using Holosync since 2004. Although the ideal is using is as a meditation audio, I put it on when I go to sleep. When the playlist ends, I put it away and go right back to sleep.

    I have also experimented with NeuroProgammer software. It is a $40-60 software app for the PC (not sure if they have Mac yet). It comes with many sessions – with headphones and without. There are sessions for studying, healing, meditating, sleeping, etc.. You can change anything about the sessions and save them as separate sessions. They can be converted to mp3 as well. There is also a feature for creating your own hypnosis sessions. It’s a neat tool. The documentation is wonderful for learning about brainwaves and there is a bulletin board for help and sharing ideas. There is an additional license available for professional use. I know of at least one person who sells meditation audios made with this software.

    • Andrew Clark

      Hi Radiant,
      I’ve used both Holosync and Neuroprogrammer myself as well and like them both, good suggestions!

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  • golooraam

    oh crap – i just scanned through this post again

    I bought the iphone app for $6 – am I not getting the benefits as described above

    I’m a crappy sleeper and it was working pretty well the first week, last few days not as much, then again, I upped by bp coffee to 4 cups instead of 2

    please advise

    • Dave Asprey

      You’re better off with the full app. ?

      • golooraam

        Hi Dave

        So would one need to play this on a desktop and then go to sleep? Sorry for a dumb question – I haven’t purchased i3 mindware yet (next on my list after I ask a question)

        If it’s ok to ask here – regarding the i3 mindware – is it an online program? meaning if I do some work on one computer and buy a multiple device license – can I continue with another computer? Thinking about my personal laptop and my desktop at home

      • golooraam

        is the deal in the article above no longer available?

  • Do you have any information on the status of Pzizz? I was thinking about purchasing it, but their website is down. It also looks like their iOS apps haven’t been updated in a couple years…

    • Dave Asprey

      Sadly they went out of business as far as I can tell.

      • john.ismyname

        They must be back from the dead; I just bought the ap from the pzizz.com website today.

  • Chris

    The Pzizz link does not work any longer. Is the discount still available?

  • New ideas for sleeping almost immediately:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnMrt0Qq87k

  • ryanmercer

    Link is bust.

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