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If Sleep Escapes You, Dial This Number

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. It is not my goal to put you to sleep. But...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Press 1 to hear the relaxing sounds of the ocean.

GREENE: Ah, the ocean.

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GREENE: You can hear this by calling a hotline run by the mattress company Casper. They want to help you sleep, preferably on their product. But some of what you hear is weird.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Press 7 to learn the history of the cocktail wiener.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: The Wiener Wurstchen has long been a staple food of...

GREENE: Can I have the ocean back? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

David Greene is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author. He is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most listened-to radio news program in the United States, and also of NPR's popular morning news podcast, Up First.