In Fahrenheit 451, what technology does Mildred use to go to sleep?

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Mildred takes sleeping pills to go to sleep. These are what she uses to try to commit suicide. She takes an entire bottle of thirty pills, and Montag has to rush her to the emergency room at the hospital.

But the sleeping pills are not enough. Mildred uses a technology called Seashells to soothe her to sleep. These seashell transmitters fit in her ears like thimbles, and through them she can listen to music and programs far into the night until she falls asleep.

Mildred needs all these sleeping aids because she leads an utterly vacant life, which is what her society conditions people to do. If she didn't narcotize herself through the meds and the seashells, she would be forced to face unpleasant thoughts about her existence that would keep her awake and unhappy at night.

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In addition to taking sleeping pills, Mildred wears Seashell thimble radios in her ears, which replicate the sounds of ocean waves and play meaningless talk radio. Mildred's Seashell radios also block out sounds, and Montag...

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