As many of you know, I’ve been using pzizz for quite a while, so I thought I’d write up my opinion about the program. For those who don’t know, pzizz is “napping software,” a computer program available for Win and Mac that helps you fall asleep (for naps or at night).
The idea is that our technology-driven culture is causing a great deal of sleep deprivation, bringing tiredness and lack of focus at home or in the workplace. The concept of pzizz is to use technology to reverse this problem.
Pzizz simply plays audio tracks that “supercharge” daytime powernaps or help you fall asleep faster at night.
There’s a lot of information on how pzizz works at their website. Pzizz technology throws in various elements like binaural beats and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). Instead of explaining how it all comes together, why not listen to a sample instead?
This is how pzizz nap tracks begin. You can turn the voice on or off. I like it on.
This is what a pzizz track will play once you’re asleep. Your subconscious will pick up on the binaural beats.
Pzizz end (the alarm)
This is the end of a nap track. It’s different than a normal alarm, but it wakes me up every time.
Those were just some examples, but each time Pzizz generates an audio track it is slightly different.
Who is Pzizz For?
Pzizz is helpful for:
- People with a 9-5 office job. A 20-minute power nap after lunch is the perfect way to boost productivity or (more importantly) give you the extra juice you need to stay sane throughout the day.
- Religious nappers who would like to use technology to improve nap quality.
- People looking for ways to fall asleep faster at night.
Energizer vs Sleep Modules
If you look at the pzizz website you’ll notice that there are two different “modules” available. I don’t think “module” is a very good word for it, so I’ll describe it in my own terms in case you’re confused.
There’s only one program that pzizz offers, and that’s pzizz.
Once you have the software on your computer, you can unlock the “energizer module” or the “sleep module” by purchasing them from the pzizz website.
- The energizer module is for daytime naps.
- The sleep module is for falling asleep at night.
So to keep it simple, if you want to use pzizz for power naps during the day, get the energizer module. If you need help falling asleep at night get the sleep module. Or get both.
Update: As of July 2008, pzizz has added a free meditation module. Cool!
The most common way to use pzizz is to put on a pair of good headphones and doze off. If you’re using an energizer power nap, then pzizz will wake you up automatically with an alarm.
Other ways to use pzizz:
- Use iTunes. Pzizz allows you to export all of your tracks to iTunes. Some people prefer using iTunes since that’s where all their music is located anyway
- iPod or CD. Pzizz also lets you export tracks to mp3, which you can burn onto a CD or download to your mp3 player. I have loads of tracks on my iPod. In fact, every pzizz nap I take is with my iPod and headphones. This is the perfect solution if you’re on-the-go and need naps in school libraries, workplaces, or public parks.
What I’ve Learned From Using Pzizz for One Year
I’ve used pzizz for over a year, nearly every day, in fact. Here’s some things I’ve learned:
- Pzizz gets more effective the more you use it.
- Naps with pzizz are noticably different than naps without pzizz.
- 1-3pm is my ideal nap time. Everyone’s circadian rhythm runs differently, so it’s important to find your own optimal napping hours.
- Naps almost become addicting. You feel like a completely different person after a power nap, and I think you almost get addicted to that feeling. This might explain why so many pzizzers are long-term users.
- High quality headphones aren’t necessary, but they improve the experience.
- Noise-cancelling headphones help with noisey areas.
- Noise-cancelling headphones are awesome in general.
And the most important thing I’ve learned is….
- Napping is a skill.
It’s not a difficult skill, but it’s a skill. I’ve somehow developed the uncanny ability to nap anytime, anywhere, even if my mind is buzzing with stressful thoughts. This is a useful skill to have, but you have to make napping a habit to develop it.
I recommend at least the energizer module (which allows for naps). I also use the sleep module if I need help falling asleep at night, but the energizer module is really where the bread and butter of pzizz lies.