Somnience is an 8-hour long CD of ambient electronic music designed to help people with insomnia get a full, restful night's sleep without the use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications (and their long list of potentially devastating side effects). It is a safe, natural remedy for sleeplessness incorporating the same brainwave patterns present during normal sleep. Somnience is one continuous, shifting, evolving 8-hour long piece of music - not 6 minute songs with harps and twinkly pianos and saxophones and singing whales and windchimes. The ambient music on Somnience quietly fills your bedroom with wispy clouds of sound. And it contains sound pulses that match your natural brainwave frequencies over a healthy 8-hour's night sleep. Unlike other new age, classical or meditation CDs that may just bore you to sleep, Somnience takes you on an 8-hour journey through every stage of sleep. The music drifts you off to sleep over the course of the first hour, guides you through the different stages of sleep, from light sleep through deep sleep, through REM sleep (when you dream), and then gently wakes you up in the last hour without the use of blaring buzzers, beepers, bells or other intrusive alarms. Somnience is a slowly-evolving lullaby that lasts all night long, incorporating brainwave pulses that guide you through the normal stages of sleep: alpha waves during drowsiness and light sleep, delta waves during deep rejuvenating sleep, and theta and sigma waves during REM sleep or dream state. Your brain goes on a rollercoaster ride over an 8 hour period, starting at the light sleep stage, similar to a meditative state, down the tracks to deep sleep, where body and mind are refreshed, then uphill to your dream state, and repeating the cycle of hills and valleys five to six times a night. Somnience's binaural sound pulses match your brain's normal nocturnal thrill ride and keeps you right on track. The music on Somnience is contained in an MP3 file and can be played on virtually any DVD player, or CD player as long as your player displays an MP3 symbol. (Please check your instruction manual if you're not sure.) It will also play in any computer through your music software: Windows Media Player, Music Match, iTunes, etc. Somnience is best played through speakers so that the sound fills your bedroom and creates a quiet, peaceful space. However, if you do not have a sound system in your bedroom, the music can be listened to on headphones through your iPod or other MP3 player. Many of the new MP3 Players that charge through a USB port on your computer will play for more than 8 hours at a low volume level. It may take a couple of nights for you to find the perfect volume level. It should help to know that the music will begin and end at the same volume level. If you start the CD, setting the volume as if you were listening to a soft rock or light jazz disc, you should be okay. The music will get softer and softer within the first hour as you drift off. Throughout the night, it will remain at a very quiet level - barely audible. If you do wake up, you will hear soft wisps of music to ease you back into sleep. About an hour before the music ends, that music will slowly increase in volume, gently waking you from your restful night's sleep, and will end at the same volume level as it began. Sam Shabrin has been creating electronic and ambient music since 1975. He uses gear by Nord, Moog, Yamaha, Lexicon, Korg, Alesis and Sony.