Insomniacs Take Notice: There’s Gold in that Blue Glow
I am not an insomniac, except in airplanes. I crave space and open windows and while not sinking into a claustrophobic panic zone as I adjust back of my middle seat (oh those precious three inches!) into the down position, I am still a tensed up wire in a tube counting down the hours to landing.
But Glo-to-Sleep may change all that. When going to sleep or flying or breathing in and out in pursuit of a good meditation session success comes through managing to control, in whatever ways you can, your environment.
My answer on planes: hypnotic recordings or Audiobooks through my iPod coupled with the completely enclosing Glo-to-Sleep mask that blacks out all light except for the four symmetric blue lines in the center, akin to a soft indigo flame. That flame of sorts allows me to focus my thoughts until, after a few long breaths, they too disappear with the world around me.
The Glo-to-Sleep mask is actually a set of soft goggles made of foam, with a recessed space big enough to blink easily and to focus on the light in front without producing that “closed-in” sensation. The visor has four rows of photoluminescent ink lines (charged simply by 30 seconds under a lamp or in sunlight) attached to the inside of the eyepieces. The act of looking up and focusing on these blue “points of glo,” clears the wearer’s mind by converting disruptive Beta brain waves to calming Alpha waves while stimulating the body to produce natural melatonin.
It’s lightweight, feels like a feather to the face and one wonders how something so simple could be so effective. But the small thing in the small package comes with a lot of big science behind it. Parent company, Sound Oasis, puts a battalion of doctors into the developing sound systems for solitude and stress reduction. Glo to Sleep is a natural progression from that research and provides some added benefits that sound alone cannot achieve.
It may not work as well as Ambien or have quite the anxiety-busting value as Valium. But the clear head you get when you rise from a Glo to Sleep rest or meditation may make up for the missed knock-out session. For the traveler who has to run the gauntlet of airport immigration woes at ungodly hours or meet associates for a meeting on arrival in an opposite time zone, the mask will make him or her whole while keeping those worries and that threatening pill-head fog roll at bay.
The concept seems to work for some celebrities who have tried the Glo-to-Sleep mask. Samuel L. Jackson, George Lopez, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Rumor Willis and an ongoing list of stars who found the item in their Oscar gift bags.
Weighs under an ounce and costs less than a family dinner at Burger King. But unlike fast food, Glo-to-Sleep comes with a money-back guarantee.