Some people spend their whole lives trying to get a great night’s sleep. From counting sheep, to, gadgets and gizmos, books on tape, and even pills, we all have our ways to get that much needed shut-eye. After working early mornings (up at 3am, in the office by 4:30am) for many years I know how tough it can be to get quality rest. When Dodow came into the test kitchen, I knew just who to ask to review it; a man with two growing kids, a full time job and more passions and passtimes than a hobby shop. Guest reviewer Dave Ware checks out Dodow.
What is Dodow?
The Dodow is a “sleep metronome”, designed to help you fall asleep faster. The principle behind the Dodow is simple, straightforward, and pretty smart: by regulating your breathing, your body draws more oxygen, and, in theory, allows you to fall asleep faster.
How does Dodow work?
The Dodow device is small white disc, which almost looks like a tall drink coaster, with a single tactile button, and a small blue led. When you tap the button, it powers up for 8 minutes (a double tap will turn on for 20), with the LED projecting up to your ceiling. The light grows in intensity, and then fades. The process is pretty simple: Breathe in when the light is getting stronger, breathe out when it fades.
How do I set up Dodow? Is it easy?
To get Dodow going, open the unit up, put in 3 AAA batteries (my review copy came with batteries, though it looks like you’ll need to buy separately), close it up, and you’re off and running, There’s a short pattern to follow if you want to change the brightness setting, and other than that, it’s just a tap to get started. There’s not a lot of other functionality; no Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to worry about, and since it’s small and portable, you could take it with you on trips.
Using Dodow: Can Dodow help you sleep?
I found the Dodow a bit tricky to get used to, as it also relies on a few key things that might be an issue for some. For starters, you’ll need to be a back sleeper, as sleeping on your side won’t allow you to project the light on to a surface you can see (the unit is disc shaped, and would slide off if you tried to use it on its side. Also, interestingly, the technology depends on you watching the light, which I found at odds with my goal of trying to fall asleep. My instinct was to turn on my side and close my eyes, not lay on my back and keep them open. So it seemed I was either in a more normal relaxed position, or lying on my back with my eyes open. The light is also fairly bright (there are 3 brightness settings, even the lowest seems bright in a dark room, so this might also not be for you if you have a partner who isn’t on board with the light). I gave the Dodow to my teenager to try out, and he found the sleeping on the back and eyes open issue to be a problem as well.
Overall review of Dodow sleep device
In the end, I found I was able to fall asleep a bit easier, though I do think it was more because I had gotten used to regulating my breathing , rather than staring at the Dodow on a regular basis. I’d say it does a lot of good as a “sleep trainer”, something you might pull out from time to time, but as for putting me to sleep, I didn’t find that it put me out in a hurry, and for the price ($79 CAD on Amazon), I’d want a little more.), like perhaps a small number of meditation sounds or soothing music, even a short guided meditation.
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