If you are looking to purchase one of our Glow Dreaming devices but are unsure how it actually works, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to break down how each individual feature of the Glow helps us sleep better and why we have chosen them. Let’s get right into it!
The Red and Green LED Lights
The first thing many people see when they hear about the Glow Dreaming is the red or green light. How can a light possibly help us sleep you may be wondering?
Well to answer that we need to get a little science-y. Our body has a built-in system in place known as the circadian rhythm, which is the part of our brain that dictates when it is time to sleep and wake up. This is affected by the placement of the sun; our retinas can sense when it is light and when it is dark, and when it becomes naturally dark the circadian rhythm is meant to kick in and tell our brains to go to sleep. We now live in a time where we can have light at any time of the day, whether it's from the television, our phones, computers or any number of appliances in the house, and as a result our circadian rhythm gets all out of sync. The reason our brains get confused is because all these devices produce blue or white light. Blue and white light stimulates our brains and fights the production of Melatonin, the body’s sleep hormone. As a result, we no longer get that natural kick for bedtime that we need, causing us to wake up more during the night and take longer to initially fall asleep.
This is where Glow Dreaming comes in. Red LED’s are actually the only source of non-natural light that stimulate the production of Melatonin. We use wind down time before bed with the Glow to give us that extra dosage of Melatonin to put us into a sleepy state before actual bed time, and then we keep it on throughout the night so that if we do wake up before morning, the light is already putting us back to sleep. This also trains our children to self-settle from a very young age as well.
The green LED actually serves a very different purpose. It is perfect to use during the day. Studies by the Harvard Medical School and the American Society of Psychiatry have found that two hours of daily exposure to green light was effective in improving mood, motivation, focus and mental wellbeing. The research also discovered green light was effective in treating depression and symptoms caused by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). If your child is in a cranky mood, throwing tantrums or just seems sad then letting them play in a room running the green LED light will help improve their mood and focus. Use the Green LED light for homework and learning to improve focus and alertness. While Glow Dreaming is really all about sleep, we take a real interest in improving the overall happiness and wellbeing of your family.
So now you know; use the Red LED light at night to get your child to sleep better than ever before, and during the day if you notice their mood isn’t what it should be or you just want them to be a little more focused, run the Green LED light.
The Slow Wave Sound Therapy
The Slow Wave Sound Therapy is an amazing feature that was added to the most recent version of the Glow Dreaming and we have seen incredible success with it. But what exactly does it do?
Glow Dreaming emits a sound called Slow Wave Sleep Sound Therapy which is based on the Pink Noise sound spectrum. This is the sound frequency that naturally occurs in nature. It is the sound you hear in waterfalls, thunder, and heavy rain. It is a deeper sound than what you hear with white noise and it performs a different function. Regular white noise machines only block background noise but do not actually help you go to sleep. Slow Wave Sleep Sound Therapy doesn’t just block out background sounds, it also works to relax and calm the mind. It helps us fall asleep and studies have shown it actively gets us into a deeper, better sleep.
Using the pink noise throughout the night not only blocks out external sounds, it tunes into your brain frequency and allows for a much deeper sleep.
The Glow Dreaming Humidifier
The Glow Dreaming humidifier works the same as any other cool mist humidifier, but why is a humidifier needed during sleep?
Humidifiers are made to make sure you are kept safe from dry air in your home. This is especially true during the winter as your heating system will be eating away at all the moisture in the air. Dry air is the main cause of sore throats, dry sinuses and stuffy noses, which as we all know have a major impact on a good night’s rest. Since children are much more susceptible to congestion, they easily fall prey to the infections and sicknesses that often run rampant in the cold months. A humidifier adds that much-needed moisture to the air and creates optimal breathing conditions, allowing your child to sleep comfortably and loosen the build-up of mucus.
The Glow Dreaming’s humidifier can be filled to a maximum of 500ml with water daily and should last for 10-12 hours with that amount. This ensures you or your child are not experiencing dry air at any point in the night, allowing for easy breathing into the morning. We also utilise cool mist technology so there is no risk of getting burnt, both the machine and the mist are cool to the touch.
In short, our humidifier will allow for smooth breathing in the night and help prevent illness when used throughout the day. There’s no reason not to have one!
The Twinkle Star Essential Oil
Finally there is the Twinkle Star medicinal grade essential oil (it’s a mouthful, I know). This oil has been engineered to improve sleep as well as promote easy breathing throughout the night.
The Twinkle Star essential oil has been designed and produced by Dr Bo Hendgen, recognised as one of the world’s leading naturopaths. Bo has more than 20 years of experience in aromatic medicine, osteopathy and naturopathy, and runs the Absolute Essential Holistic Healthcare Clinic for general practice, maternity and early years, plus adult and childhood osteopathy. Utilising the most effective and infant friendly ingredients, Twinkle Star is one of the best sleep aid oils on the market. It has also been created to help children who suffer from night terrors, helping them to relax once they’ve woken up quicker than usual.
One of the best features of the Twinkle Star oil is that it is 100% organic! It is completely safe to use with your child from as early as 8 weeks old. It is not physically dangerous before 8 weeks as it is being diluted in 500ml of water, however as children that young are still very sensitive, it can have the opposite effect and overstimulate them, resulting in even less sleep.
The ingredients included in Twinkle Star are Lavender Sweet, Orange Sweet, Eucalyptus Australiana, Mandarin, Lavender True and Chamomile Roman. This mix of fresh-scented, calming oils creates the amazing effect that Twinkle Star has on our sleep and our mood. We tested hundreds of oils before finally choosing Twinkle Star as we believe our customers should have the best of the best, and that’s what we’re giving you.
So there you have it, our breakdown of how the Glow Dreaming device works and why it helps us sleep. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact Customer Care Team and they will get back to as soon as possible.