Researchers in Canada have developed a new app that help people to sleep by harnessing the power of their imagination.
The app, called mySleepButton, has been developed by Simon Fraser University researcher Luc Beaudoin and works by preventing sleep-interfering thoughts.
The app has been based on the 'cognitive shuffle' technique developed by Beaudoin through which users are prompted to imagine various objects or scenes in rapid succession.
"As you fall asleep, you tend to entertain various detached thoughts and images. The app gets users to think in a manner that, like sleep onset, is both visual and random. Brain areas involved in controlling sleep detect that sense-making has been suspended. This basically gives them an implicit license to continue the transition to sleep", Beaudoin said.