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Go to Sleep Fast (and Without Pills)

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on October 23, 2018
Dodow Before After

Review of: Dodow

Used for: Getting to sleep faster


Immediately effective half the time, works for most people given enough time.


Long-lasting device is very affordable, especially compared to sleeping pills.

Ease of Use

Almost ridiculously simple operation.

We Like

  • It's effective
  • No side effects
  • No drugs

We Don't Like

  • Can bother bed mates
  • Still wish the light wasn't blue
  • Changing batteries

The Dodow is a simple device that helps train your brain to go to sleep faster. I have found it to be very effective and in the long run, extremely affordable. It's only one component of an overall strategy for getting more and better sleep, but it's an excellent addition. Nearly anyone can use it, with one important exception noted in the article below.

Insomnia sucks. I know...I've been there many, many times.

Nothing is a bigger waste of time than laying in bed and staring at the ceiling. And insomnia isn't just an annoyance at night, it wrecks your productivity and enjoyment of the next day.

Worse, the impact on your overall health is far greater than that. Adequate sleep is every bit as important as good nutrition. Your body requires sleep in order to stay healthy.

Seven to eight hours of restful sleep is necessary for cell regeneration throughout your body. Going without enough sleep for extended periods of time can lead to new health problems and make chronic conditions worse.

I am always looking for a good solution, or at least an addition to my arsenal of sleeping tools, and I kept seeing this device mentioned all over the web:

Dodow media mentions

Turns out that the Dodow device has been proven to help you fall into a deep, restful, regenerative sleep more quickly and stay asleep longer. It does this in part by helping you slow down your busy mind.

So I decided to buy one and give it a test to see if it really helps me fall asleep faster. I don't expect it to otherwise affect the quality of my sleep really, but just being able to get to sleep on a reasonable schedule solves a big part of the problem for me.

How Dodow Works

The Dodow shines a circular light on the ceiling that increases and decreases in size rhythmically, similar to a metronome. Focusing on the rhythmic light while controlling your breathing calms the mind and helps your body relax so that you can quickly fall into a deep, restful sleep.

All you have to do is stare at the ceiling, something most sleepless people find themselves doing naturally. It's not wasted time if it's putting you to sleep.

Inhale when the light expands and exhale when it contracts. While focusing on the light your mind is less prone to thinking about things that cause stress.

Worry over events of the day, upcoming deadlines or troublesome personal interactions is naturally reduced and eventually completely eliminated, making it much easier to relax and quickly fall asleep.

Controlling the duration of your inhales and exhales also helps you fall asleep by triggering your baroreflex which in turn balances the autonomic nervous system.

The baroreflex is triggered after your breathing slows from 11 breaths per minute to 6 breaths per minute with the inhale lasting 4 seconds and the exhale lasting 6 seconds. The video below shows the device in action.

The Dodow light helps you effortlessly control your breathing to trigger the baroreflex without even thinking about what you’re doing.

You won’t need to count to 4 while inhaling then count to 6 while exhaling. Simply time your breathing with the fluctuating blue light.

Is It Easy to Use?

Dodow is easy to use, but not necessarily intuitive to use. When a device only has one button, it matters how you tap it. So just read through the simple instructions once and you'll be all set. 

It can be tricky to get it open to install the batteries. The first Dodow device, or version 1, appears to be the most difficult one to get open for battery installation. The company seems to have fixed the problem with the second or version 2 device. Once the batteries are installed, it is very easy to use.

The button below will take you to the official Dodow site, which has the best price available as of July 20, 2019.