Introducing our Sleep onset feature
You know sleep habits are important. With a newly added Sleep onset feature, Endel’s Sleep soundscape is the ultimate tool to help manage your bedtime rituals. It's the first in a series of new sleep features co-developed with Dr. Roy Raymann, best known for bringing Night Shift, Bedtime, and the Sleep portions of Apple Health to your iPhone.
It's dark outside and the room isn’t too warm, the day’s worries are left behind, and you are in comfort, winding down for sleep — don't forget to switch your devices to DND mode. Start Endel Sleep roughly 30 minutes before you want to drowse off. As with all Endel soundscapes, the sound you hear is adaptive and ever-changing with your environment. It will gently put you to sleep, following through the four phases suggested by modern sleep science.
Nota Bene: The updated Endel Sleep works best for nighttime sleep! If you need a refreshing midday sleep break, we recommend using the Power Nap scenario.
Phase 1 (Intro): Audio entrainment
It all starts with the sound trigger, known more academically as audio entrainment. You'll hear a soft bell ring, always the same sound (fun fact: this is the only static sound in Endel). Since the trigger sends a 'go to bed' signal to your brain, it should be identical every night. Ideally, it should also be applied at around the same time to ensure the desired effect. After you train your brain with the sound trigger for about one week, your body will start to slow down as soon as you activate the Sleep soundscape.
Phase 2: Nature sounds
As the bell rings, nature sounds gradually take over to begin the 'closed-eyes phase' of Sleep onset. Doze off to the rise and fall of calming ocean sounds, 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
If you're still awake, you'll notice how the waves cross-fade with pink noise, sounding almost like the ocean — you're slipping into the third phase of Sleep onset. Pink noise is an acoustic sleeping pill. It’s perfect for sound masking thanks to its frequency spectrum, yet audibly pleasant — the more so with some extra tweaks by Endel's sound designers. Sleep studies show that pink noise helps its listeners fall asleep 20% faster, while those with sleep disorders show as high as a 38% improvement! This third phase switches the brain into its own 'Sleep mode.'
Outro: Sleep soundscape
Dr. Roy Raymann says that under research conditions the average person falls asleep in 45 minutes at most. So, after the total 45 minutes of Sleep onset, it's the time for the native Sleep soundscape you’re already familiar with. Though it’s been slightly reworked to merge seamlessly with our new onset sound, you'll barely notice the change — we expect you’ll probably be asleep before then. Sleep's delta waves modulating noises ensure that you get deep sleep.
Try our new Sleep mode tonight — science and art bring you harmonious, restful night.