The Dodow device is said to train your brain to go to sleep. Shaped like a disc, the metronome shines a blue ring of light onto the ceiling that shrinks and expands repeatedly. By matching your breathing to the speed of the pulses, you’ll encourage your heart rate to slow down and your body to move towards the alpha state – the first step on the way to slumber. Someone who normally takes 60 minutes to fall asleep will purportedly take no more than 25 minutes to do so using the Dodow, gaining about 100 more hours of sleep per year.
Try a Story-telling or Mindful Meditation App
If you’ve counted hundreds of sheep but still can’t get to sleep, consider downloading a storytelling or meditation app. There are numerous options available, including Slumber and Calm, which can be found on the Apple and Google Play stores. Both Slumber and Calm offer a combination of soothing sounds (think ocean waves, falling rain and rustling leaves), bedtime stories and meditation recordings to help you relax and drift off to sleep. With the Calm app, bedtime stories are often narrated by celebrities including Matthew McConaughey, Kelly Rowland and Harry Styles.
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