Dormio is a wonderfully designed app which features a collection of soothing music and ambient sound effects to help you more easily relax at the end of each day and drift off into a deep sleep. It also encourages lucid dreaming in the deepest phase of your REM sleep cycle.
This has been a difficult app for me to review fairly because my favorite conditions for sleeping are complete silence in a pitch black room. Nevertheless, I’ve had a couple of my friends experiment with Dormio for the past couple of nights and the feedback has been very positive, with one friend in particular mentioning that the first night was the best night’s sleep she’s gotten in several weeks.
This doesn’t exactly constitute an extensive scientific analysis of Dormio so let’s take a closer look and see what it’s all about.
The basic idea behind this app is that listening to certain combinations of music and sound effects at certain frequencies can help to switch your brain into different modes of operation, Changing your brainwave patterns have been proven to help you to more quickly fall into a deeper and more refreshing sleep.
The visual element of Dormio is very nicely designed and features a timer in the style of a dial or egg timer which enables you to set how long you’d like each track to be played for, with the option to play a track for up to 90 minutes.
I think this is actually a useful metric for measuring how long it takes you to fall asleep each night, and you can test the efficacy of Dormio by seeing if that time becomes shorter and shorter as you use it.
As well as helping you fall asleep at night, I think this app also has great application in helping you catch the occasional power nap in the middle of the day. Personally, I find it almost impossible to switch off mentally enough to catch forty winks in the afternoon, but now I’m thinking about it, I might actually give Dormio a shot and see if it helps with this.
Research has shown that a 15-30 minute nap in the middle of the day is enough to cause the up-regulation of various beneficial hormones in the body which help to increase energy levels and concentration, and improve mood.