Product review: NightWave Sleep Assistant

Welcome to my fifth product review. Every few weeks I will be testing and reviewing a sleep-related product. This time it is the NightWave Sleep Assistant.

Well, it’s been a busy few weeks with one thing or another. To give you an idea, here’s a selection of my highlights and lowlights from the last fortnight:

Chocolate tasting at Paul A Young’s chocolaterie on Camden Passage, London – the salted caramel truffles are spectacular! Thank you Anna for an amazing birthday treat.

3 x trips to the vets. Never a fun experience but made worse by the tiny and full-to-bursting car park; it brings me out in a cold sweat every time.

Visiting We Love Sleep Towers in Sheffield to discuss potential advertising opportunities – and to catch up with the lovely Sleep Geek.

Playing nurse to my beaten and bedraggled other half. No more rugby, please!

Partying Warriors-style. Thanks to Lisa for her epic The Warriors-themed 30th birthday party in Stokey. My other half had a lovely black eye to match his Warriors waistcost (see above).

Wedding venue viewing – the search continues…..

With lots on my mind, I’ve had the perfect opportunity to test the NightWave Sleep Assistant; a little gadget designed to help you to relax and get a good night’s sleep.

It doesn’t look like much; a small black box that emits a soft pulsating blue light.

The pulsing light guides you in a session of deep breathing whilst you lie comfortably in bed. The light rises and falls on the ceiling or wall of your darkened bedroom and you simply lie with your eyes open and synchronise your breathing with the moving light. Gradually, the movement of the light, and your breathing, become slower and slower, until the NightWave Sleep Assistant completes its cycle and switches itself off. That’s really all there is to it. Simple.

Breathing exercises are known to aid relaxation and calm a racing mind. The idea is that by coordinating your breathing with the light, your body and mind switch off and you glide into restful sleep.

I liked the NightWave Sleep Assistant. I liked the simple concept. I liked that it requires you to focus on your breathing, which naturally distracts you from your thoughts and worries, making it easier to drop off to sleep when you have lots on your mind. I also liked that it is completely silent, and so my other half has no reason to complain. Because it is such a small device, it’s portable and could be used whilst away from home or to ease jet lag whilst on holiday.

This is a clever device that really does work. My only complaint is that, for some, it may not be necessary. You don’t need this gadget – or anything else, for that matter – to practice deep breathing for relaxation. However, without the blue light guiding me, I find my concentration on my breathing tends to slip and mind starts to wander back to my daily life….

The NightWave Sleep Assistant is available from We Love Sleep.