LivLab has come up with an innovative sleep aid called Dodow. It is a small electronic device which boasts 200,000 users worldwide. Made by chronic insomniacs, Dodow is a device which uses light and breathing exercises to relax the mind and body so that one can fall asleep.
I bought Dodow after suffering from crippling insomnia for the past 12 months or so. I had tried just about everything including; valerian tablets, magnesium tablets, melatonin tablets, heavy exercise, eating certain foods, but nothing was really working. Frustrated one night I bought the device through Amazon. The device arrived in about 5 days thanks to express postage.
What you do is put the device on a flat surface (I put it on my stomach) and shine the light up on the ceiling. As the blue light contracts and retracts you take a breath in and breath out. Essentially you synchronize your breathing with the light.
So, the first night I tried it, it didn’t really work that effectively.
Although by the second night I was sleeping much better. I was doing 2 cycles of 8 minutes. So, a 16-minute total cycle. Although I wasn’t sleeping throughout the whole night, I was waking up. But I was at least getting more sleep than usual. I suffer from bipolar and insomnia is a common feature of the illness.
I went to my Doctor several times over the year to get help with my insomnia. After purchasing Dodow I returned to the Doctor to tell him I wasn’t sleeping very well, and I had a lot of anxiety during the day, causing diarrhoea. So, he decided to add to my medications and put me on an anti-depressant as he said that it would really help with my anxiety.
A week later from the medication change and continued use of Dodow I am now sleeping like a baby. So, this is my ritual:
- Wake up around 9am
- Open blinds and let in light
- Sit outside in the sun for about 30 minutes daily
- No coffee after 3pm
- Drink plenty of water during the day
- Take all medications and vitamins
- Put my phone on “Night Shift” setting (warm light) from 6pm
- An hour before bed turn off the TV and phone
- Read a book just before bed
- Take 10mg of melatonin when ready for sleep
- Do an 8-minute cycle on Dodow
- Relax and go to sleep
The thing for me is I had to strike a balance between medication (anti-depressant) and other medications, plus taking some melatonin and using Dodow to get to sleep. One size fits all doesn’t work for insomnia and you need to work on a few strategies to ensure that you will get a good night sleep.
I find now I naturally get tired at around 8pm I am ready to go to bed. I will usually stay up till about 11pm and fall asleep shortly after.
So, my advice to you is this. Make sure you go and see your Doctor and continue to see the Doctor until you work out a solution. For me, anxiety was the reason why I wasn’t sleeping and adjusting my medication resulted in me being less anxious and more calm and relaxed. I find that using Dodow combined with medication and supplements I can fall asleep faster and sleep throughout the whole night and not wake up.
Dodow is a great device for those who suffer from chronic insomnia and need some extra help in being able to fall asleep.
Some reviews include:
Kittner – “Dodow has helped me fall asleep much faster.” Falls asleep in 20-30 minutes.
Hernan Alvarez – “Thank You!!!! I love the device and have recommended it to friends. It actually works, which is a surprise for me as so many things don’t. I sometimes can use the breathing technique even without the device now but keep it by the bed and with me traveling to help when I need. So much better than sleeping pills!” Falls asleep in 10-20 minutes.
Emily Chard – “Having had sleep issues for a number of years I was very skeptical, but once I started using Dodow I began to fall asleep quickly and generally stay asleep. My husband sometime joins in with the breathing and watching the light! I like the shorter time frame for the light as it works for me.” Falls asleep in 10-20 minutes.