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Max Richter collaborated with neuroscientist to create - Sleep / TIME

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British composer Max Richter hopes you are snoring before you finish his latest release.

Sleep, an 8-hour classical piece released Friday, features gentle strings and peaceful piano. He has called it a "personal lullaby for a frenetic world. A manifesto for a slower pace of existence."

Richter says sleep is an integral part of his creative process. "Sleeping has always been one of my favorite activities," Richter told TIME. He's also aware that most of us aren't getting enough of it. Recent research shows that high school students, air traffic controllers and even surgeons are suffering from dangerous levels of sleep deprivation. Meanwhile, sales have skyrocketed for children's book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, written by a Swedish behavioral psychologist who uses reinforcement techniques in the book to calm children into drifting off.  READ THE FULL Time ARTICLE