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Anyone who has struggled with insomnia knows the distress long sleepless nights staring at the clock can cause. Sometimes, once this kind of sleepless cycle starts it takes something radical to ignite a change and reconnect the mind with tranquility again.
However, most people can’t get up and run the minute insomnia strikes. Instead, we must find a way to calm ourselves down and relax on our own. Enter the Premiere SoundSpa, manufactured by HoMedics – this affordable way to create a veritable ‘sleep chamber’ within the confines of your house, dormitory or hotel room.
This SoundSpa is basically a turbo-charged clock-radio that doubles as a ‘sleep stereo’ – offering users 6 digitally recorded and naturally-occurring sounds that help to promote slumber.
HoMedics engineers have created a selection of sounds that build pictures of nature in the eye of the restless mind (these sounds that include the crash of the ocean; the rolling waves of a waterfall; the serene hum of a summer night; the jungle talk of the rainforest; crisp bolts of thunder; and the splashing song of morning rain).
In short, the music of the SoundSpa is meant to put the mind at ease and allow it to retreat from conscious thought, bringing it unto the threshold of sleep.
In addition, consumers will note that the Premiere SoundSpa has other uses. Specifically, the clock-radio has an internal sensor that records both the indoor and outdoor temperature, and users can either check this information on the face of the instrument or have it projected across the ceiling in long blue streams of light.
Other versions of such spas now on the market lack the personality of the HoMedics’ creation – as this product combines the classic look of a clock-radio with a thermometer (all built into this compact stereo that pipes an assortment of natural ‘music’ into your brain as it readies itself for sleep).
From what we’ve seen, no other clock-radio out there brings nature into the bedroom with this kind of durability and this kind of flair.
Ideal for apartment dwellers in cities who need to block out street noise. Also ideal for the occasional insomniac needing to ‘get away’ from home for awhile. New parents with infants should also seriously consider a spa for the nursery: These sounds can create a wall of serenity in the mind of a young child while helping to build healthy sleep-hygiene habits that might very well carry-over into adulthood.