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Listen: Former DJ releases album to help drive people to sleep

Listen: Former DJ releases album to help drive people to sleep
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By Sallyann Nicholls
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The 19-track music collection has a total run time of over five hours for the more stubborn sleepers.


Tom Middleton, who has worked with the likes of Aphex Twin and Mark Pritchard in the nineties, has produced an album that he says can lure the listener into a deep slumber.

Sleep Better was released by Warner Music on Friday to coincide with World Sleep Day.

Backed by years of research and with support from cognitive scientists, former DJ and sleep coach Middleton uses soundscaping to trick the body into preparing for rest.

"So the first thing I do is I prime you for a relaxing experience with words and sounds,” says the 46-year-old.

“The second thing I do is I engage you with some higher frequencies. Those higher frequencies are deliberate to make you listen to it. So for the first five to eight minutes … I want you to listen. I want your attention, to take you away from your days of worry and stress and anxiety."

He adds that the music can slow the listener’s breathing, and lower their heart rate and blood pressure “so your entire stress response is gradually subsiding".

According to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) , sleeplessness can be caused by stress; caffeine, alcohol or nicotine intake; or general physical discomfort.

And while sleeping pills can help, they are not a cure for insomnia and can induce drowsiness.

Middleton says he hopes his music can be used as a “meaningful tool to help people with sleep deprivation, or chronic insomnia."

The album is available for download on a range of online platforms including iTunes, Apple Music and Google Play.

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