The Somnox Sleep Robot has a specific breathing rhythm, which is slower than your usual breathing rhythm. If you hold the Sleep Robot, you will automatically synchronize your breathing rhythm to it. Therefore, the robot makes your breathing gradually slow down.
Why does this induce your sleep?
Having your body in relaxation mode is required for a decent night of sleep. A way to facilitate getting into this mode is using breathing techniques. There are a lot of breathing exercises to achieve a relaxed and clear state of mind (Paul et al., 2006). The internet is full of them. They help you relax, because they trick your body into feeling like it does when you’re naturally relaxed. In this case, a little bit of misguiding your body is never wrong.
Therefore, the Sleep Robot was given the breathing function. Scientific research has shown that humans benefit from exposure to a breathing object. In a research done by Novosad and colleagues, they concluded that infants sleeping with a Breathing Bear showed neurobehavioral benefits and had a less negative temperament (Novosad et al., 2003). Another study showed that a cognitive behavioral intervention (a therapy for depression) combined with a breathing relaxation exercise could improve sleep in patients with depression, and the effectiveness was long-lasting (Chien et al., 2015)
By synchronizing your breathing rhythm to that of the Sleep Robot, you will reach a steady and slower breathing rhythm. This deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body, because it will send a message to your brain with the command to relax your body.
Which brings us to our nervous system: the autonomic nervous system, which is divided into two states. Namely the parasympathetic, responsible for deactivating functions, e.g. stopping the stress hormones being pumped into the bloodstream, and the sympathetic state, responsible for activating functions, also called ‘the stressed state’. These two working together, maintain homeostasis. With deep breathing, you’re getting closer to the parasympathetic state, and therefore getting closer to dreamland (Coherence, 2006). In the picture shown you see a nice overview of how your breathing rhythm contributes to an autonomic balance. When you find yourself in the green box you would’ve achieved the autonomic balance through a weak stimulation of your sympathetic system and a strong stimulation of your parasympathetic system.
In short, breathing should definitely be the main point to focus on when you want to beat stress-related insomnia and when you want your autonomic nervous system to be in a balanced state. This insight helped us develop the best breathing rhythm possible for the Sleep Robot to help get you realize dreams and give you a better night's rest.
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