I often joke that my lawyer friend Logan's stories are so boring, hospitals could use him as a powerful anaesthetic and sleep aid. I've never had any problems sleeping at night, but if I did I'd record one of his "amusing anecdotes" and put the iPod on repeat by the end table.
One person who did have trouble sleeping at night was Kate Evans, who suffered from insomnia and designed a solution while studying product design at the UK's University of Central Lancashire. The resultant device, the LightSleeper, is currently in the production process and will be available for sale next year.
What's interesting is how the thing works:
LightSleeper is a very clever device that projects a soothing light on the ceiling. The light moves in a circular motion above the bed. You follow the light with your eyes for a few minutes, and you begin to drift off.
...Why does this work? Following the light has the effect of relaxing the mind, a necessary prerequisite to entering a deep, refreshing sleep.
Learn more about the LightSleeper (or order one) here.