2022-03-16 / Endel

Why You Sleep Better With Endel

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Sleep is essential to our wellbeing, but it’s not always well understood. We often think of falling asleep as a single moment, like flicking a switch. In fact, finding your way to deep, healing sleep is more of a steady process.

Endel’s Sleep soundscape is the ultimate tool to help you navigate this process. As with all Endel soundscapes, Sleep changes and adapts to your environment, meaning you’ll hear something different every time. But it’s structured in a series of phases, suggested by modern sleep science to guide you to a restful slumber. Read on to find out more about these phases, co-developed with Dr. Roy Raymann from SleepScore labs, Endel’s scientific partner.

First, though, you should make sure that the setting is right. It's dark outside and the room is a comfortable temperature. The day’s worries are left behind and your devices are set to Do Not Disturb. Start Endel Sleep roughly 30 minutes before you want to sleep. And get ready for drift-off.

(Note: Endel’s Sleep soundscape is intended for nighttime sleep! If you need a refreshing midday siesta, we recommend using the Power Nap scenario.)

Phase 1 (Intro): Audio entrainment


The process of going to sleep starts well before you turn the lights out. It’s scientifically proven that the time you spend winding down before bed is as important as sleep itself. As you begin to wind down, your body gets the message and starts preparing for sleep, helping it to keep all of its sleep-related processes in sync. Endel’s Wind Down soundscape is scientifically engineered to accompany and enhance this process, helping you to let go of the day and get into sleep flow. For best effects, try listening to it around 2 hours before bedtime.

Phase 2: Nature sounds


As the bell rings, nature sounds gradually emerge, beginning the “closed-eyes” phase of Sleep onset. Doze off to the rise and fall of a calming ocean, with additional generative effects in the background. This phase aims to prepare the body for sleep – the wave frequency is designed to resemble a sleeping person's typical breathing pattern. Try to breathe with the waves, and you’ll sleep soundly through the night.

Phase 3: Colored noises

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If you're still awake at this point, you'll notice how the waves begin to merge into the gentle rushing sound of pink noise. This means you're slipping into the third phase of Sleep onset. Pink noise is an acoustic sleeping pill. Thanks to its frequency spectrum, it’s perfect for masking unwanted outside sounds, while also being pleasant on the ears – all the more so thanks to some extra tweaks by Endel's sound designers. Sleep studies show that pink noise helps listeners fall asleep 20% faster. For those with sleep disorders, the improvement is as much as 38%! This third phase switches the brain into its own “Sleep mode.”

Outro: Sleep soundscape


According to Dr. Roy Raymann, the average person falls asleep in 45 minutes at most. So, after 45 minutes has passed, the Sleep soundscape slips into its final phase to see you through the night. The change is seamless: in the unlikely event that you’re still awake, we doubt you’ll notice it. In this final phase, the soundscape is designed to modulate the brain’s delta waves, ensuring you a deep, healing sleep right through till morning.

Want to learn more about getting better sleep? Read our Sleep Improvement Plan