Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier December 15, 2010
The Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is incredible. It is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, and its water source comes from any convenience store: a plastic water bottle turned upside down. This device is my favorite pairing with the goLITE. It improves both time to sleep and depth of sleep, not to mention skin and sinus health.
NightWave Sleep Assistant December 15, 2010
My friend Michael found that the NightWave (a slow-pulsing light the size of a cigarette pack) was a permanent fix to his sleeping problems. I travel with the NightWave and use it as a supplement to the goLITE.
Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device December 15, 2010
This light is most responsible for my sub-10 minute sleep times after decades of futile effort. I'll usually set it to the side of my laptop for 15 minutes a day. Battery life is long, it's portable enough to take in a carry-on bag, and it can also replace your morning coffee if you give yourself 2-3 days to adapt. I've found the goLITE to be singularly most useful as a corrective sleep tool.
FitBit Wireless Trainer December 15, 2010
In the subsequent four months of testing, I also used...two movement-detection devices (FitBit and WakeMate). Both WakeMate and FitBit, worn on your wrist during sleep, use motion-sensing technology (accelerometry) similar to what's found in a Nintendo Wii controller. The data are interpreted using actigraphy algorithms, which are used to determine whether someone is awake or in one of the various stages of sleep.
Zeo Personal Sleep Coach December 15, 2010
Brad's obsession ended up being the Zeo. It would be my first legitimate, next-generation sleep gadget. The Zeo uses a headband that measures electrical patterns generated in the brain. It also has an alarm clock intended to wake you during periods of most elevated brain activity to minimize grogginess. I needed better sleep, not just better wake times. This is where the Zeo really became valuable.