The article attached below caught our eye and we wanted to share it with our readers:
We were intrigued by the cult following of loyal fans this purported sleep-tracking device has seemingly developed. Many are lamenting the untimely demise of the company – it having abruptly left them high and dry with no product support for their pricey sleep-tracking gadgets.
Reading user feedback from Zeo users on Amazon gave us the impression the product was fraught with problems – the most ubiquitous being that many users were wide awake, staring at Zeo tracking results telling them they were in a deep sleep cycle.
We can only hope that all involved have gleaned something useful from this device – at least the erstwhile officers of the company – from the $20,000,000 they apparently raised to set it up.
We live in a sleep-starved world, and many are clutching at any straw to get their vital sleep lives in balance.
People have differences, and it is hard to find any one thing that works for everybody. We recommend a regular, healthy, stress-free attitude and lifestyle, including healthy food, and blocking light and sound as much as possible when sleeping.
Good luck to all on your quest for good sleep! We will do whatever we can to provide the best advice, sleep aids, and current info on the fascinating world of sleep.
Jim de Cordova
Inventor of the Sound-blocking Sleep Mask
We are not impressed.
I was impressed by this well-written and researched review:
Proposal to Improve Working Conditions and Performance by Members of the US Armed Forces By Providing Them with Better Sleeping Conditions through the Use of the Dreamhelmet, an Inexpensive and Readily Available Sleep Technology
It is generally agreed that the United States has the worlds best equipped military. It provides the best training, most modern weapons, equipment, logistics, and leadership. In spite of all this, there remains one vital area in which US military is neglecting to provide the best for its soldiers.
That area is sleep – or more correctly stated, the lack thereof. A person deprived of sleep for 24 hours functions at about the same mental level as a person who has .10% alcohol in the bloodstream – in other words, legally drunk. Ideally, soldiers, and everyone else, should sleep for seven or eight hours on the same schedule.
We recognize that this is an ideal which is rarely possible in active military theaters. It is poignant to see photos of soldiers sleeping in tents, on the ground, in trenches, on sandbags, or wherever they drop from exhaustion – with no pillow, blanket, face or head protection. We then expect these same soldiers to be ready to give us their best at a moments notice. We should, and we can, do much more to improve sleeping conditions for our troops.
The military remedy for soldiers’ sleep deprivation seems to be to issue pills – some for sleeping and others for staying awake. This is not only unhealthy for those who must take these pills, but it is a lapse of our duty to provide soldiers with the best of everything. We instead use drugs, which are readily available, as a quick and easy fix – to substitute for good sleep planning. The routine issuance of drugs to soldiers has unintended consequences in job performance, which I’m sure most experts will recognize. Drug use by soldiers, and their continued use after their separation from the military, is a well-known health problem.
If there were no other solution to the soldier’s problem of getting adequate sleep and having maximum energy in the field, one might be resigned to accept the drug solution as the only available alternative. Modern advances in sleep technology, however, have changed the face of sleep management for the civilian population, but the military leadership has not yet adopted these new sleep techniques.
Now is the time to stop shortchanging our soldiers, for their own good and for the good of the military and the country. It is said that the German World War I soldier would carry a wood block for head support while he slept. We are also familiar with the uncomfortable-looking wood block used as a head rest on a traditional Japanese bed. More currently, the Danish military experimented with providing their soldiers in Iraq with ‘musical pillows’ to help them relax at bedtime. While these may seem to us to be ‘block-headed’ ideas, they show that at least some thought went into solving sleep problems.
Three of the basic requirements for optimum sleep are: blocking light, blocking sound, and providing a pillow. There are other considerations, of course: staying warm or cool, awakening at the desired time (sometimes without awakening fellow soldiers), keeping annoying insects away, etc.
There exists a unique sleep aid, invented and patented in the USA, which uses simple technology to combine to optimize sleep using three sensory input reductions. It is called the Dreamhelmet. The Dreamhelmet has been written up by many important publications, including The Washington Post, Frommer’s Budget Travel Guide and other prestigious publications, and was featured on Good Morning America and other national venues. Thousands of Dreamhelmets have been sold to the civilian population, as well as to many individual military personnel. There is already one standard model produced in camouflage material – ideal for service members.
It is surprising that the military has not concentrated on improving conditions for the most important aspect of their highly trained personnel – the soldier’s head. Strange as it may sound, a soldier’s head is his most important asset. If anything happens to the soldiers head or its contents, the whole soldier is useless. Cher (the entertainer) had this in mind when she lobbied Congress to provide improved helmets to protect soldiers’ heads.
The Dreamhelmet is similar in purpose, except that it proposes to protect the soldier’s head starting more from the inside than the outside – by providing critically needed sleep. The content of the soldier’s head is the result of all his training and experience, and as such, should receive the best protection and the best care, especially when it comes to sleep.
Even if a soldier got an extra half an hour or an hour sleep per night, thanks to a government issued, non-drug sleep aid, it might make the difference between a good and a bad decision, which had to be made in a split second. Operation of high tech equipment, aircraft, vehicles, and weapons, demands the full attention and alertness of every service member.
The military spends vast sums of money training personnel to perform complicated tasks and use high-tech equipment, but unfortunately, it then it fails to provide soldiers a basic tool to enable them to use their training to best advantage. Who knows how many mistakes have been made by drowsy soldiers, which have had disastrous consequences? It would be interesting to know if there has ever been a study made of such incidents?
The Dreamhelmet has many advantages over the simple sleep mask, which only block some light: serving as both light and sound blocking input mechanisms, as well as an attachable pillow, ideal for sleeping, or catching a quick nap in the field. They also have secret Velcro closing pockets which can hold an alarm, or phone, or watch, for waking at the desired hour without disturbing others. They can also be made into a hand warmer, or an attachable or simple pillow. As a sleep aid, it is vastly superior to the simple ‘Lone Ranger’ type sleep mask, the old German wood block, or the puffy, pink, Danish musical pillow. The Dreamhelmet’s closable secret pockets can hold sundry vital necessities, such as sewing kits and medicines; delicate items can be wrapped up inside the Dreamhelmet when it is not being used for sleep, and it weighs only 5 ounces.
Let’s stop shortchanging our soldiers in this most important area of sleep. If we give them the best technology available, great improvements in their operational efficiency will surely be the result.
In summary, it is important for our nation’s military leadership to advance beyond the practice of just leaving it to chance whether service members sleep well or not. Now is the time to provide them with the best modern, proven, economical sleep technology available.
The following is a list of benefits The Dreamhelmet sound blocking sleep mask pillow provides for the service member:
1. Lets soldier sleep anywhere
2. Helps support the neck
3. Blocks light – helps the body produce Melatonin for natural sleep
4. Muffles sound with patented attached sound-blocking pillow
5. Comfortably pillows the head.
6. Helps relieve insomnia and migraine headaches
7. Converts to an attachable pillow – without the eye mask
8. Is Velcro adjustable – one size fits all
9. Has Velcro-sealing HiPockets™ to hold earplugs, medicines, etc.
10. Alarm or phone can be placed in pockets for individual wake-up call.
11. Converts to independent support pillow for driving, sitting, sleeping..
12. Converts to a muff, or hand warmer.
13. Protects the head and keeps ears warm while sleeping outdoors
14. Protects sleeper’ face and head from mosquitoes, etc.
15. Totally hypoallergenic – only 100% cotton touches the skin.
16. Can be produced in camouflage, navy blue, or any other fabric color
17. Won’t slip off the head (has a patented chin strap)
18. Won’t tangle in the hair – pillow replaces thin straps, fasteners
19. Can be easily washed and drip dried in the field.
20. Is a patented American invention, made in the USA.
21. Clever one piece ‘transformer’ design; nothing to get separated or lost
22. The entire sleep masks sound blocking pillow weighs only 5 ounces
The cost for providing this sleep technology to soldiers would be minimal. A Dreamhelmet sold to the public costs only about $30. For this small investment, the potential return in benefits to our military and our country is incalculable.
Some of the probable benefits for adopting a proactive better sleep policy for military service members are that they will:
1. be more comfortable.
2. get better sleep
3. be more alert and have more stamina.
4. need fewer sleep related drugs.
5. make fewer mistakes in calculating and planning actions
6. make fewer mistakes in action on the battlefield.
7. make fewer mistakes while operating expensive high-tech equipment.
8. be less susceptible to stress
9. be more resistant to PTSD
The Dreamhelmet and the NAP STAR are the only sleep masks that provide sound-blocking as well as a pillow, enabling the user to sleep in any situation. They are also the only sleep masks that converts to a wearable pillow. The Dreamhelmet has secret pockets to carry alarm watches, money, credit cards, keys, jewelry, or any number of other personal items the user may want to keep safe and close to their person. The NAP STAR rapidly adapts itself to whatever comfort needs its owner has at the moment.
Rainforest as muffThese Sleep Mask Pillows can transform a person’s life from a chronically tired, trying-to-make-it-through-the-day trial into a vibrant experience with a renewed passion for living! All this the result of getting a few hours extra sleep during the night and a nap anytime.
A dream inspired the invention of the DREAMHELMET:
How would an extra 1 to 4 hours sleep per day change your life? The DREAMHELMET can help you get them. You have come to the right place if you are looking for extra sleep. My name is Jim de Cordova. I invented the first sleep mask with sound-blocking and attached pillow. Where did the idea come from? Do you believe in inspiration from the Id, the subconscious, or dreams? Click here to read the whole true story.
Sleep Anywhere, Any Time – and Hide Your Stuff Too!
It is the only sleep mask that provides sound-blocking as well as a pillow, enabling the user to sleep in any situation. It is also the only sleep mask that converts to a wearable pillow, or has secret pockets to carry passports, I-Phones and alarm watches, medicine, money, credit cards, keys, jewelry, or any number of other personal items you may want to keep safe and close to you while you sleep.