Sleep CD - To Get the Rest You Need
since I first started teaching and guiding
relaxation exercises over 30 years ago I
have been told my voice is soothing and
relaxing. Listening to this CD will show you
how this continues to the present day.
There are about 22 minutes of actual guided
relaxation here. Then there are 15 minutes
of quiet room tone to the end at 37 minutes.
Both in the hospital and at public
presentations people often comment, that
during the practice sessions they felt like
they could almost go to sleep listening
right there. Let me show you a way to relax
WHILE LISTENING TO THIS CD, DO
NOT OPERATE ANY MACHINE
MORE COMPLICATED THAN AN ALARM
I've played the CD at least 6
times... However, I've only
consciously heard the maybe the
first 10 minutes of the progressive
comfortable bliss of
The first time I played it, there
were a couple moments that I stopped
relaxing and checked the CD player
the see that the CD was still
playing. I think it was after
relaxing a body part or two before
moving on to the next body parts
when you allow some silent time to
Shortly though, I got used to the
idea that there will be some moments
of purposeful silence, and I stopped
second guessing whether or not the
CD was playing properly.
I appreciated how you invited rather
than directed your listener to bring
their attention wherever...for
instance, you say, "If you'd like,
bring your attention to...". It's
nice and feels safe. As is the
repeated instruction to "soften and
The gentleness and softness of your
voice in combination with the
intentional relaxation of my body in
combination with chronic sleep
deprivation equals sleep. Thanks!
Overall, I very impressed with your
CD and your
realization/manifestation of what
I'm sure was a conscious intention.
Thanks for the CD. Undoubtedly I'll
listen to it again and again.
decided I would make this recording with the
sole intention being to help the listener
fall asleep. It is kind of funny for a
speaker to have a goal that the listener not
actually hears what I am saying!
The instructions are simple, you can listen
to all or some of the words, notice the
calming rhythms of my speech, or simply hear
the quiet ambient room tone. You may not
focus on listening at all and just go to
It is fine to just get the rest you need,
even if you don’t fall asleep. A simple
effort towards relaxing your mind and body
can provide some of the same benefits that
The soft belly breathing that is mentioned
at the beginning of the relaxation involves
the gentle rise of the abdomen with your
inhale and soft fall of the abdomen with
your exhale. It can be easier to feel this
breathing if you place a hand on your belly.
You may keep the hand there or not, whatever
is more comfortable for you.
You can use this CD to have a “power rest
period” where you intentionally don’t go to
sleep. Listen to this sitting up in a chair.
This can be listened to as often as needed.
Feel free to consult with your doctor or
primary care provider about using this CD
for sleep for you or a family member.
So sleep to the soothing sounds of Jon’s
Jon is a registered nurse who specializes in
stress management education in a major
academic medical center. He is a popular
presenter and his work has been featured in
Reader’s Digest Magazine, Nursing Research
and NBC Evening News.
Mastering of this “Sleep” recording and
cover art by Jon Seskevich and Thomas
Whitmore. Cover image is from a sunset
at the Haleakala Volcano Crater at an
elevation of more than 10,000 feet looking
as the sun, sky and clouds meet on the
island of Maui in Hawaii.
Copyright 2006 Jon Seskevich. Please
contact me if you would like to reproduce
this intellectual property for a small
licensing fee. Do not copy without