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Published on April 29th, 2014 | by Greg


Having Trouble Sleeping? Try The Dreampad

Insomnia affects most of us, directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives. Whether it’s a family member wide awake and keeping us up, or our own minds doing the same thing, sleep is one of those things you can’t fully appreciate until it’s missing. And while there are many approaches to addressing these issues, most of the healthiest involve some combination of relaxation techniques. We’ve seen a few interesting solutions in the past, as well as quite a few different types of trackers and monitors that help shed some light on your personal sleep patterns. But this is a truly unique item, one of the first of it’s kind that we’ve seen.

The Dreampad from Integrated Listening Systems is a special sort of pillow that features a built-in ‘speaker’. Unlike earbuds or headphones, they utilize what they call Intrasound, a form of bone conduction to transmit the sound, meaning that you don’t have to worry about your head lying awkwardly on some thumping, uncomfortable device. You can feel the vibrations in a way, and there is a material inside that you can make out while lying on it, but it’s not something you’ll notice after the first few minutes. Further, you won’t distract anyone lying next to you with your sound machine- the Dreampad can only be heard by you, in direct contact with the pillow.

It’s thin enough that you can continue to use your existing pillow, and we found it simple to set up, and capable of working in any sleeping position. That said, the sound isn’t all that impressive, but the way it reaches you is. For average listening, we wouldn’t recommend it. But it’s a solution that makes sense in this application, and the company suggests using the Dreampad with specific sorts of audio- in fact, they offer an app for iOS or Android which allows you to choose from a selection of soundscapes like ‘tranquil landscapes’ or ‘seaside strings’ and let it cycle and play for a desired period of time. Five are included, or you can use any audio, and connect your device via the traditional mini-jack headphone adapter.

We’re not sure that it’s for everyone, but the potential audience is wide, including folks suffering from “stress-related insomnia, trauma, veterans with PTSD, and children with ADHD and ASD”. They do mention it can take a few days to get used to the Dreampad, and we feel the same- our first night, it was simply odd and a little distracting. But after a couple of nights using the pillow, it started to become a nice part of a slow fall into dreamland. Whether it’s to reduce anxiety or simply because you’re feeling a bit stressed, the Dreampad isn’t cheap- but it’s well worth it for a good night’s sleep, and it’s much easier and safer than medications. Available now, for around $179.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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