Fall asleep at the push of a button?

Scientists believe they have discovered technique that could, one day, allow you to sleep at the push of a button. The technique, known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, involves the use of magnetic waves to stimulate slow wave activity in the brain. Research seems to indicate that this slow-wave activity is a key process that occurs during sleep, and is responsible for sleep’s “refreshing” nature. The magnetic pulses that are used to generate the slow wave activity are said to be harmless, and they can be created using a relatively simply headset type device. Giulio Tononi and Marcello Massimini, both of the University of Wisconsin, will be publishing their findings in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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3 thoughts on “Fall asleep at the push of a button?”

  1. I’ve had quite a few bouts with Insomnia in my day, and anything to help me fall asleep faster without medication would be huge! Another thing I found that really helped me fall asleep was to throw away my old matress and I got a Memory Foam Matress. On top of helping me fall asleep more easily, It also has relieved a ton of back tension.

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