Just after John Bunyan's Pilgrim had lost his burden at the foot of the cross, a little farther on, at a bottom and very near the cross, he saw three men fast asleep with fetters on their heels. The name of one was Simple, another Sloth, the third Presumption. When he awoke them, "Simple said, I see no danger; Sloth said, Yet a little more sleep; and Presumption said, Every tub must stand up on its own bottom."
An announcement, received with gladsome glee by some parents, states that, in June, 1962, man's inventive genius has brought forth a new gadget that lulls babies to sleep. An electronic sandman that lulls cranky babies to sleep was demonstrated before the American Medical Association.
Two University of Minnesota physicians reported the palm-sized device works like a "sonic tranquilizer" to produce almost instant slumber in nine out of every ten fussy babies.
Unless sick, wet or hungry, Dr. Edward N. Nelson said, the infant falls asleep one half to five minutes after the gadget is turned on. The device gives off a constant tone that resembles the hum of an electric razor. Dr. Nelson said sound tests conducted on expectant mothers indicate this is similar to the "background tone or hum" a baby hears before it is born. In short, the gadget mimics nature's own lullaby.
Dr. Nelson said he and Dr. Jay R. Olsen have tested the device on more than one thousand infants—with ninety per cent success. Though its magic seems to wear off with age—"little calming was observed in infants over seven months old"—Dr. Nelson stressed the device works very well in the first three or four months of life, when a fussy baby may completely disrupt the home.
Developed by Dr. Robert Horton of St. Paul, Minn., the plastic device is being marketed under the name of "Slumber Tone." It costs $9 to $11.
Now if somebody can get something like a thunder tone to wake up adults to some dangers that threaten the home life of many, blessings would accrue—if only action that brings remedy would follow the awakening.
A safe, new sleeping pill which doesn't cause drug addiction or hangovers, and apparently couldn't cause suicides, has been announced. It puts people to sleep in half an hour or less, with no bad effects noted yet. The drug, Dormison (trade name), is a liquid in a green capsule. It was developed by the Schering Corporation, Bloomfield, N. J., and its scientific name is 3-methyl-p entyne-ol-3.
An entirely new kind of sleep chemical, it's made of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. It has no opium, barbituates or bromines, the mainstays of present sleep pills.
Human and animal tests were described in the journal, Science by Drs. S. Mergolin, P. Perlman, and F. Villani of Schering and Dr. Thomas H. McGavack of Metropolitan Hospital, New York.
The drug works on the central nervous system to induce sleep. It disappears from the body within two hours, leaving a person in natural sleep. It doesn't affect breathing or the pulse rate. Dr. McGavack said most of one hundred and thirty four hospital patients fell asleep within thirty minutes of taking the drug. They experienced restful sleep, and had no hangover upon awakening. Some patients with tuberculosis got the drug daily for one hundred days, sleeping calmly and peacefully, with no harmful effects, Drs. Abbot W. Allen and D. D. Krongold of Sea View Hospital, Staten Island, N. Y., reported in the hospital's quarterly bulletin.
Schering said that since the drug doesn't affect the rate of breathing and pulse, it "cannot by itself be used as a means of suicide. A person who had taken a twentyfold overdose could be awakened by an intravenous injection of caffeine."
But this is not so wonderful as the reality many have experienced as set forth in these words:
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep (Psalm 127:2).
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet (Proverbs 3:24).
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8).
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber (Psalm 121:3).