Lyz Cooper
from: Lyz Cooper
Category: Sound Research

Music to Make Counting Sheep a Thing of the Past?

LACK OF SLEEP – A SERIOUS WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC
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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), ‘insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical or other occupational errors’. There are also links between insufficient or poor sleep and an increase in depression, obesity, and cardiovascular disease as well as a whole host of other health issues, not to mention the impact on quality of life, relationships and work.


In 2017 the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) called for the introduction of a national sleep strategy and what they referred to as a “slumber number” – the ideal amount of sleep people should be aiming for each night. However, as many of us who have had 8 hours sleep a night will confirm – a night’s sleep is not always a good night’s sleep.


THE SOLUTION – INTRODUCING ZERO POINT LITE
East-London based writing and production duo Silence & Air and I wanted to work on a track with a specific outcome in mind. After a few brainstorming sessions we decided to work on a track to help people sleep. I love designing music and don't do nearly as much as I would like - I love the creative process and although collaborations often bring challenges in the form of creative differences and the push and pull of ideas and direction, they can also be great fun. 


I have been working in the field of Music Medicine for a number of years and call my particular type of music ‘Consciously Designed Music™’. CDM™ draws on the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, music psychology and my work in sound therapy over the last 23 years. Around month into the project we were happy with the track and it was ready to be tested. This is always a nerve wracking part because you never really know how it will be received, as well as whether it will work. You you have a gut feeling about it, you have put all of the formulae together that in your experience works, but you never really know until it has been tested. 


RESEARCH
42 people worldwide took part in an action research study to test the effectiveness of Zero Point Lite. A 27 point questionnaire was used to assess quality and duration of sleep, as well as the impact that their sleep had on their overall health and well-being before listening to the track. Some of the pre-track results were as follows:


42% of participants were reported to have a sleep problem all of the time
45% have a sleep problem some of the time
42% have difficulty switching off their thoughts every night
40% wake up feeling tired every day
28% wake up feeling tension in their muscles every day
13% wake up feeling anxious or stressed every day


Each participant was asked to listen to Zero Point Lite as many times as they wanted to over 10 day period and complete a post-track questionnaire. The results over the short space of time were very encouraging – see below and you can click here for the full results. Link to http://www.britishacademyofsoundtherapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Zero-Point-Lite-Post-Track-Data.pdf


Testimonials


Below is some of the feedback we have received from the trial.


“In April 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and spent two months waiting to find out if it had spread or not (fortunately it hadn’t) during this time my sleep suffered terribly living with the anxiety and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis. I would struggle to get to sleep and wake in the night and then lie awake for 1,2,3, or 4 hours unable to get back to sleep. So I was keen to try Zero Point.


I’ve been using it about 5 – 6 weeks now …and I can pretty much say I’ve been asleep before the music ends…and the times I’ve woken in the night and not gone straight back to sleep I can probably count on one hand which is absolutely amazing! So the result for me is so beneficial, I wanted to say thank you! I will continue to use it, as it’s part of my sleep routine now and it’s working so amazingly well for me.” Alice


The first night I used it, I didn’t even hear the end, I slept after a few minutes. The waves are so good in it. You feel warm and comforted. Feel free to contact me


“Zero point definitely helped me to switch off and get to sleep quicker.”


“Zero Point helped me to go to sleep straight away. For the first time in weeks I only woke up once or twice in the night, huge improvement. The sound track is comforting, soothing. A sonic hug. I am very grateful for the opportunity, many thanks.”


55% of the people that took part in the study said they would definitely recommend it to others.


Click here to listen to Zero Point Litehttps://soundcloud.com/lyzcooper/silence-air-ft-lyz-cooper-zero-point-lite


 – we’d love to hear what you think and wish you sweet dreams! 


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