We're not too good at figuring out so-called relaxation devices here at Crave. It's been suggested that we're too tense (or dense) to understand how they work. Not so, we say. It's just that we like to keep our stress relievers simple--like a single-malt scotch, neat.
And to prove it, we're actually going to endorse one of the said gadgets, at least in concept: the "Tranquil Moments Sound Therapy System" from Brookstone (otherwise known as a white-noise machine). Operation of this device is something even we can handle. Press button, get ocean surf. Press another button, thunderstorms. Get it?
Brookstone tries to throw some voodoo talk into its specs, but don't let that scare you. "Neuroacoustic research proves that sounds based on different brainwave frequencies can significantly increase your ability to achieve a desired state of mind. By playing sounds based on Delta, Alpha, or Theta brainwave frequencies, Tranquil Moments naturally coaxes your brain to 'match' these frequencies and enter healthier states of sleep, relaxation and renewal."
Please. Just turn out the lights and go away.