February 9, 2013
A few years ago I had a "soothing sounds" player (not its real name) with earphones through which I could choose a variety of sounds that were supposed to lull me into easy, soothing slumber that otherwise eluded me. (The "kit" also included an eyeshade for extra sexiness.) However, every option was recorded in a repeating pattern, so after only one use I knew just when each seagull would caw, when each wave would lap on the shore, when each drop of water would hit the roof. Thus, rather than ease into sleep, I'd lie awake, anxiously anticipating the "known".