Somnox 2 ($ 599): With all the same features as the original in a more compact package with better battery life and an improved speaker, Somnox 2 (6/10, WIRED Review) can help you slip away. The addition of Bluetooth streaming (iOS only so far) to listen to your own choice of content is also welcome, but this gadget is simply too expensive.
Sensate 2 ($ 299): This strange device is like a big vibrating rock that you rest on your chest for short relaxation sessions (between 10 and 30 minutes). The manufacturers claim that the vibrations can help tone your vagus nerve to improve your heart rate variability (or HRV). I’ve in doubt and it seems very expensive compared to what it is, but the vibrations, controlled controlled breathing and original soundscapes are very relaxing.
Jabees Serenity Sleep Mask ($ 40): Although the combination of Bluetooth earphones with a sleeping mask is a smart idea, this mask is too bulky for me and I found the earphones uncomfortable. Your mileage may vary. The sound quality is just okay and it’s easy to stream music, podcasts or relaxing sounds to the little earphones. The thick mask blocks the light effectively. It is also relatively inexpensive for a sleeping gadget.
SleepPhones ($ 100): If you find that earphones are uncomfortable or prefer to sleep on your side, this fleecy fabric headband with small speakers inside may be the answer. You connect via Bluetooth to stream your choice of music, podcasts or soothing sounds. The headband is machine washable and almost no sound escapes to annoy a snoozing partner. On the negative side, the control unit switches around and is not comfortable for back sleepers, there is no indication of remaining battery life and the overall quality is lacking in relation to the price.
Morphee ($ 100): A beautiful watch case’s music box design makes this a desirable bedside table, and it offers various sounds and meditations. The child version looks like a super cute wooden radio. Both are expensive and we do not like the Micro USB port for charging or the limited 20-minute time on sleep sounds.
Muse S ($ 280): If you have trouble meditating, the Muse S headband can help you and it measures your heart rate, breathing, brain activity and movement. But I found it uncomfortable to wear in bed and struggled to cope with a whole night with it on. It helped to relax but did not help on my insomnia.
Embr Wave 2 ($ 300): This wrist-held device can help you deal with feelings of cold or heat. It is recommended for relieving hot flashes, but it can reportedly also help you sleep better. It is comfortable but also thick, so it is not ideal to wear in bed. We are still testing the impact on sleep quality.