The NightWave Sleep Assistant is offered as an all-natural, non-drug device that is guaranteed to help you fall asleep. The NightWave uses a soft blue light that slowly brightens and dims to help establish a restful, deep breathing pattern. The light reflects off the ceiling and walls in a non-obtrusive manner and works by activating the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system through deep, relaxed belly breathing.
The NightWave is also a useful tool to reduce stress and anxiety at any time. Simply activate the slow "breathing" light and watch it for a few minutes. Conscously patterning your breath after the light will naturally release tension and create a calming affect in the body. Using the NightWave on a regular basis can reduce the frequency and severity of anxiety.
The NightWave offers a mode whereby the light pulses like a heartbeat at 60-beats-per-second. Watching the heartbeat light can subconsciously slow your heart rythm to this calming rate.
Once we received an inventory of the NightWave, I immediately took one home to test it. I oftentimes have difficulty getting to sleep, so I tried it in bed that night. I set the NightWave to the first mode where the light "breaths" for just 7 minutes. I dosed off to sleep sometime before the unit turned itself off and I stayed asleep throughout the night. Of course, I don't consider that a clinical trial, but I was happy with the effect and it seemed to work similarly for several nights in a row.
I also used the NightWave during my morning meditation. During the late spring month of June, the room is lit up quite early, so the light would not reflect off the wall. I simply placed the NightWave in front of me on a small table - it can rest on one end or side to point the light directly in your face or at the wall. I gazed at the "breathing" light for a few minutes. I found myself slowing my breathing and focusing on the "in" breath, the "out" breath, and the two points where breathing momentarily stops. I gently closed my eyes and continued this wonderful focus throughout the 20 minutes of my usual meditation.
During my next meditation, I put the NightWave into the Heartbeat mode. I gazed at the light as it pulsed like a calm, beating heart. I could feel my own pulse slowing. Most of us who meditate have learned that we can control our heart rate during meditation. The NightWave seemed to help me regulate my heart rate more quickly and achieve a calm state. Whether that was due to the light or my increased consciousness about my heart rate doesn't really matter. I feel that the NightWave had assisted me in having a great meditation session.
I think this is a great little product and will be helpful to anyone who has any trouble getting to sleep and to anyone who wants to deepen their meditation practice.
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