ELLE DECORATION TESTS
Features Editor Amy Moorea Wong drifts off with a little help from the ‘Dodow’ sleep light system
What does it do? The ‘Dodow’ projects a slowly pulsating beam of light onto the ceiling, which you synchronise your breathing with, inhaling as it gets bigger and exhaling as it becomes smaller. The device is wonderfully neat and compact – I barely noticed it during waking hours.
How does it work? The light will help you gradually slow your breathing down to the optimal rate of six breaths per minute, which balances the nervous system and calms the body down before sleep. You’re also encouraged to focus on abdominal breathing (deep, yogic breaths). The light is subtle enough not to disturb partners who drift off quickly, and will automatically turn off when it’s finished, after eight or 20 minutes. Do I need it in my bedroom? As someone who finds it fairly easy to fall asleep, I did find myself ready to close my eyes before the light show was over, and having to keep lying on my back to watch it was slightly uncomfortable (apparently I’m a side sleeper). But it did slow my breathing down – I could feel my body physically relaxing – and it managed to stop my mind from making the next day’s to- do list, as I really focused on just breathing. £44 (mydodow.com).