October 23, 2020

Product Review: NightWave

Product Review:  Night Wave

Are you a high-stress girl in a stressed-out world?  Or are you coming up on “that time of life” when falling asleep and staying asleep is a rare and precious thing?

The folks at Coherence Resources, Inc.,  have a neat little helper that is pharmaceutical-and-side-effects-FREE ….the NightWave!   

Personally, I’ve had my sleep issues pretty much since my youngest was born.  I can fall asleep fine, but I’m regularly roaming around the house at 3 a.m.  Call it hormones or allergies or menopause or a combination of the three! 

But my problems have paled next to my dear husband who works way too many hours and just can’t settle down when it’s time to.  It’s not unusual for him to toss around for 2 or 3 hours before catching his first zzzzzz, often around the time I’m starting my night ramblings.

So we figured we were a great test lab for the NightWave.  

First, it’s a simple little thing — a palm-sized black box with a little blue light on top and a clicker on the side.  When turned on, the blue light fades up and down in a slow rhythm for 7 minutes.  If you need it, you can use the “longer” setting for 25 minutes.

The idea is that you darken the room, turn on the NightWave and try to match your breathing to the rhythm of the light as it brightens and fades.  Changing your breathing triggers the “parasympathetic branch of the involuntary nervous system causing a relaxation response” that reduces muscle tension and emotional stress.

How did it work?

Focusing on and changing your breathing is not as easy as it sounds.  Fortunately, the instructions assured us that it “can feel awkward at first.  Be patient, and don’t try too hard.”  

One of the coolest features is that it is completely not bothersome to the other sleeper.  My husband usually goes to bed later than me and never disturbed me with it.  Likewise, around 3 a.m., I took it off his nightstand (NO CORDS), and started it up on mine without ever waking him.  

Hard to say for sure that our little NightWave cured our ills, but we both fell asleep, though it took me a few 7-minute rounds.  Best of all, it is NON-PHARMACEUTICAL.  I’m convinced that I will get better and better at the breathing thing and, as I do, I will get back to sleep quicker.

Bottom line:  At $49.95 it’s not much more than one package of your sleep-aid-of-choice, without the side effects.  For anyone with real sleep issues, it’s definitely worth a try.

Disclosure: I received the NightWave free to ensure a complete review based on my personal opinion. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and the opinion set forth above is that of my own based on personal experience with the NightWave.  Mary Handfelt