Light metronome device may help you fall to sleep

Dodow, a light metronome device, is said to help insomniacs get sleep.

Sleep is precious.

Individuals handicapped by lack of sleep turn to many forms of aids for help in finding those few precious hours of rest. Over-the-counter tablets, prescriptions and machines are choices.

Soft noise provided by fans or a white noise machine to softly induce sleep have been added to by a newer idea — Dodow.

"The Dodow is a simple light metronome device that is designed to help sleepers dealing with insomnia or other sleep onset disorders fall asleep within 20 minutes," according to the manufacturer. "Inspired by behavioral cognitive therapy, yoga and meditation, the machine can restore your ability to naturally fall asleep. The Dodow indicates the optimal breathing rate to follow and the light allows the brain to focus on something way less interesting than your usual thoughts. This ensures a hypnotic effect and consequently helps you let go."

The size of a hockey puck, the instrument lies on the bedside table pulsing a blue light on the ceiling. The potential sleeper regulates breathing and matches it to the pulsing light.

The Mayo Clinic news bureau, as did other clinics and hospitals when contacted, declined comment on the Dodow. It stated, "We don’t endorse any products."

However, comments on the product were forthcoming from online reviews who endorse a purchase because it works, is easy to operate, seems "robust because I have dropped it a few times, easy to take with you, is lightweight and even my kids use it who are also having trouble sleeping," said Peter of the Does it Pass the Dad Test? review.

"A senior citizen needs to get between seven to nine hours of sleep per night," said Melissa Auricchio, the manager of Health First Sleep Centers. "Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends. Don’t watch TV, work a puzzle instead.

"There are all kinds of types of sleep solutions to help people get a better night’s sleep and help with their circadian rhythms — the clock in your head that tells you when you can go to sleep," Auricchio added.