Though sleep-aid software Pzizz is being marketed as a cure for insomnia, harried parents know there’s a big difference between the inability to sleep and the inability of someone else to let you sleep — and luckily for us, Pzizz is also a lifesaver in that area.
The non-addictive (though I assure you you’ll crave it) application combines sound effects, narration, binaural beats, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and meditative music to create a deeply relaxed state in you — not quite REM sleep, but close enough that you’ll awake feeling as energized as if you’d just had a three-hour nap. In fact, given how groggy actual naps make me feel, I’ve found that Pzizz leaves me feeling in an altogether revitalized state, though it takes a few days of getting used to the system in order for it to really lull you. (Especially if you’re not used to experiencing a fully relaxed state — such as, you know, a parent under assault from little ones 24/7.)
Pzizz includes stand-alone software and an iTunes-like interface for your Mac or PC, but it can also be synced with your iPod — which is especially helpful if your desktop PC doesn’t exactly offer room for napping. Two modules — “Energizer” (for general relaxation and stress relief) and “Sleep” (for when you really need to hit the hay) are available, and it’s backed by a money-back guarantee.
You can download a limited-use demo (197MB) that includes both the Energizer and Sleep modules here, but to get the full experience, you’ll really want to purchase it. Buy the bundle ($49.95), the Energizer or Sleep modules ($29.95 each), the physical boxed set ($49.95) or the handheld unit + boxed set ($147) via the Pzizz online store.