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Sleep tapes

Do they even make sleep tapes anymore? I imagine they do but they're MP3s and they call them guided meditations. When I was in grad school, my friend said her brother in law was doing some study for his thesis in psychology and asked if I'd be willing to help. I was game. He gave me two tapes, one a guided relaxation (of the sort Jacob reads for Vic off the Internet in GhosTV) and the other something called "Isometric Squeeze." After you did each of them daily for a couple of weeks, your reaction to each type of relaxation was scored against your personality test and he drew a conclusion about which type of tape worked for which type of people.

The very cool thing that I loved was that when I did the "Isometric Squeeze," sometimes I'd hang for an extended time in that pre-sleep twilight called the hypnogogic state, and totally trip. I remember we did the tape as a group at his apartment once and when it was done I was like, "There's a woman, and she's on the roof, and she can see us...oh, wait, that didn't happen."

After the study I found some different tapes to play with--and I remember they were like $12 which was the equivalent of a million or so dollars to me back then. My two favorite tape guys were Bob Griswold and Dick Sutphen. I'm pleased as punch to see they're both still doing this work twenty years later! Yay! I will have to buy something recent by them.

Or will I?

See, I decided I wanted to rotate a different tape into the player tonight, and I grabbed a Sutphen tape with shrink-wrap on it, figuring that I'd left the shrink-wrap on the box but just opened the bottom to slide the tape out. Lo and behold, it is completely sealed. From 1992. Yep, I have not yet gotten around to listening to it. The title?

Overcome Procrastination.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Glad I wasn't taking a sip of my drink when I read that.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
*snickers* That's something else. Wacky Coinkydink.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:20 am (UTC)
I have some of those kinds of tapes... somewhere. And probably an old Walkman to play them on, too (somewhere).
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
I just got totally sucked in to your DeviantArt page!
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
What's a tape?

Kidding... kidding... ;D

Edited at 2011-03-02 10:56 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
Ha! That's a good one.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
I don't remember those names or tapes, but I have a similar problem with film. I still find old rolls of fim, and what a hoot to take it in and get back photos of myself & nieces from Easter 20 years ago........
btw I have only read the 1st 1/4 of GhosTV and of course LOVE IT!!!Also can't remenber laughing so much, I love Vic & his "athletic" insecurities!
I am going to make myself wait for the paperback to finish, so it gives me something to look forward to!
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
oh, that's perfect!
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