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Sleep inducing text research

For insomnia
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I have a book since age 16 (31 years ago) that was very intersting to me. but i was never able to read past a certain passage. I always fall asleep.

About ten years ago I was given the Hebrew translation to the annotated version of the wizard of Oz. I read it and was fascinated by the story and annotations, including critisism of the famous movie. But I had skipped most of the first page.

When reading it to my kids I discovered that night after night they would be sound asleep after the fifth sentence while I would slump in deep sleep by the seventh.

I read textbooks with interest, but sometimes hit on a section or even whole book that are impossible to read.

Its the same with some youtube tutorials. There's some where just cant keep your eyes open.

I hereby propose research into those parts of text that cause people to fall asleep and use this knowledge for medical treatment against insomnia.

It could also be used by the military for border clashes or by grassroots organizations for crashing a negative tv interview.

pashute, Aug 07 2011

(?) Another application http://chestjournal...tent/134/4/854.full
MSLT, MWT, and now SITT? [mouseposture, Aug 07 2011]

ASN.1 Distinguished Encoding Rules http://www.itu.int/...ages/X.690-0207.pdf
This and Ludwig Wittgenstein's "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus" would be my entrants into the category. Read them and zzzz. [jutta, Aug 07 2011]

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus http://mirror.csclu...4/5740/5740-pdf.pdf
. [rcarty, Aug 07 2011]

Another application (mouseposture's corrected link) http://www.aasmnet..../Review_MSLTMWT.pdf
To be used for calibrating wakefulness [pashute, Aug 04 2013]

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       First paragraph, mmm, slightly interesting. 2nd paragr.. zzz... what? <zoom to the bottom> <click [annotate]>   

       Great idea!
pocmloc, Aug 07 2011

       I assume, if you never fell asleep while reading, that you are in the extreme minority. That would be a preliminary question for joining the research test group, and anyone who never falls asleep while reading would be excluded.   

       You are correct that I am assuming there is some place in the text that does the trick to most people. As I showed in my annotation, there are some texts that seem to 'do it' to many people.   

       But hey! I'm calling for research. I have my assumptions, but I'm not calling them facts.
pashute, Aug 07 2011

       Like the funniest joke in the world, the race for the most boring text will result in WW3.
rcarty, Aug 07 2011

       A set of calibrated Sleep Inducing Texts could be used to assess wakefulness <link>
mouseposture, Aug 07 2011

       There should be a public competition where a panel of insomniacs competes against a panel of selected sleep-inducing tests in a horse racing athmosphere. First book to put its reader to sleep and last one to stop turning pages wins. Bets can be placed both on insomniacs and on books. "Go, Tractatus Logico- Philosophicus, go!"
jutta, Aug 07 2011

       //_Tractatus_//Bah, famously pithy & aphoristic*. My money's on _Critique of Pure Reason_.   

       *and written in very much the same style as ASN.1 Distinguished Encoding Rules.
mouseposture, Aug 07 2011

       // I have my assumptions, but I'm not calling them facts //   

       So what exactly are you doing here ... ?   

       The soporific effects of most, if not all, documents issued by the EU would certainly bear further research.
8th of 7, Aug 07 2011

       @ jutta: that wasn't so bad. It has all the flavor of a ISO 9001 document of procedure, except that at the end there is a diagram that basically makes the text entirely redundant.
WcW, Aug 08 2011

       I get the feeling that there is a subjective element as any book you need to read for academic study instantly becomes soporific.   

       In a desperate last ditch attempt to read some economics book before the deadline...I emptied my room of all other reading material,except for a copy of "The Geomorphology of Gravel", which I booked out specialy to ensure there would be nothing else more tempting to read.   

       A book on how gravel gets its shape should in itself be soporific, but turned out to be the more interesting of the two books, and the economics book sadly remained unread...
not_morrison_rm, Aug 08 2011

       I'm pulling for 'A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates .' But if I look long enough, I might discover some pattern...
RayfordSteele, Aug 08 2011

       //if I look long enough, I might discover some pattern...// or some pattern might discover you.
FlyingToaster, Aug 08 2011

       A beautiful mind is a terrible thing to waste.
mouseposture, Aug 09 2011

       For about a decade I've had a compilation of essays called 'The Aesthetics of Fascism'. I don't commonly use it as a sleeping aid, but I should, because I have never made it through a single essay. I highly reccomend it to any other intellectual insomniacs like myself (and, I'm just guessing, about %80 of all Halfbakers).
Alterother, Aug 09 2011

       //intellectual insomniacs// [marked-for-slightly-pompous- tagline]
FlyingToaster, Aug 09 2011

       "a restless mind" vs. "an intellectual person with insomnia".
FlyingToaster, Aug 09 2011

       I was attemping to describe the latter, but I am so deeply lost in Mary-Jane's Garden right now that I probably shouldn't attempt to stand up, much less put together a coherent statement.   

       <later> as a perfect example, I just accidentally deleted my last anno by, very diliberately and with great care, clicking 'delete' when I meant to click 'edit'.
Alterother, Aug 09 2011

       I think Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus wins hands down. Which suggests that a major factor in the somnilogency of texts is the extent to which they state the bleedin' obvious as verbosely as possible.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 04 2013


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