The Nox Smart Sleep Light is more than just a sensor, it can enhance your ability to fall asleep and your daily wake-up.

Is it just me or does it seem that there never seems to be enough day?  During the week I tend to go to bed around 12 to 12:30 and get up between five and five-thirty in the morning.  Perpetual tiredness is a way of life for me.  With three children, a full-time work schedule, service as a baseball coach, service as a Cub Scout den leader, and my love for Technology, I have a lot of activities to try to cram into my week.  I have always been an alarm guy, waking up to an alarm and then heading off to the shower.  I have never enjoyed the screeching sound of the alarm clock, as it does not provide any kind of lasting awake state. The startle effect works but is not an enjoyable way to awaken.  During the fall, on my way to work, I enjoy the pinks, greens, and yellows of the rising sun.   I have always found the eastward drive to be refreshing and invigorating.  I have looked into other alarms, and have used the alarm on my iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch as well as CD/MP3 and radio.  Truthfully, there are many options to help you to get to your destination on time.

I have received the Sleepace Nox Smart Sleep Light to review.  The device arrived in an attractive cardboard box, akin to iPhone packaging.  The cover displays a pill-shaped device, with an upper soft colored LED top and a grey base clock.  One of the sides shows a pleasantly sleeping female with a beautiful bedside alarm clock and discusses compatibility with iPhone 5 and newer (iOS 7.1 or later), Samsung Galaxy S4-S7, note3/4, and the Google Nexus 5 (Android 4.3 and later).   The other side provides a graph showing the wavelengths of light that encourage sleep (red wavelengths) and those that encourage awakening (blue/yellow).  Blue wavelengths of light breakdown melatonin, the natural sleep hormone produced in your pineal gland (brain organ).   Red wavelengths encourage the secretion of melatonin, which readies your body for slumber. The back of the packaging provides a multi-lingual description of the device features:  soothing sounds and red light to help you sleep, soft sounds and simulated sunrise help you to awaken, monitor ambient temperature, humidity, light and noise levels in room to know how your environment affects your sleep, the app evaluates your sleep, will remind you when it is close to your bedtime and serves as an alarm clock.

Nox Smart Alarm
The device is very attractive, reminding me of an essential oil diffuser.  It is rather elegant sitting on the nightstand and does not have a boxy/techie design.  My wife loves the appearance of the alarm, and that the light is adjustable (it was too bright for her initially).  The packaging contains the 3.9 inch wide by 3.9 inch deep by 8.6 inch tall Nox Smart Sleep light, power adapters for the UK, UL, EU and Type A wall sockets and a multi-lingual instruction manual (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, French Canadian and Chinese). The head of the power adaptor is changeable, by pressing the small side button and twisting the adapter clockwise.  The included 38-inch power cord is adequate to reach to a nearby wall outlet or to a surge protector/power strip.  Once plugged in, you can control the device through the app and through the buttons located along the top of the smart light.  There is a central multifunction button, which will allow you to turn the device on/off with a single button press.  After you awaken, slightly touch the center button once, or tap the top once to set the snooze.  You can also hold this button, for three seconds, to turn on sleep-aid mode.  Press the button once again to turn this feature off.  To adjust the brightness up or down, you can press the brightness buttons located to the right side of the central button.  To the left of the central button, you will find the volume up and down buttons.  Located along the back of the device you will find the 5V/1A output USB charging port and the DC input port.

Sleepace AppSetup was rather easy but had a small hiccup.  After plugging the device into power, I downloaded the app.  The instruction manual provided a QR code that should have linked to the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.  Unfortunately, when I scanned the QR code with my iPhone 7 Plus, it did not work.  Instead, I navigated to the iOS App store and downloaded the Sleepace application.  I then initiated the application and selected the “+” icon across the top right to add the device. To start the one-key set-up, I had to hold the volume “+” icon and brightness “+” icon until the clock displayed a “:” icon.  Navigate to settings on your phone and then go to Wi-Fi and then search out the Wi-Fi of the device.  Once connected it should have navigated me back to the app.  However, this step did not work either.  I had to manually return to the app and then click done.  Adding the network was as easy as adding the network key.  The process was easy and setup took roughly five minutes.  If desired, you can add other devices, such as wearables from the company

As a creature of habit, I was concerned with changing my alarm clock.  One of my biggest nightmares is waking up late and missing a meeting or event.  So, you may imagine that I was a bit skeptical of the system for my first night of sleep.  I have to be honest, I did set my iPhone alarm for 30 minutes after the NOX device, as a backup.  Within the app, you get information about the temperature of the room, humidity in the air, light brightness and decibels of sound in the room.  The app recommends your room temperature should be within 60-82.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  If outside of the range, your body will awaken you.  Additionally, humidity should be 50-60% for optimal sleep and noise levels should be below 50dB. Interestingly, the app will provide you with pointers to improve your sleep.  Ventilate your room after a rain as the humidity will increase, add a bowl of water to your room to increase the humidity (or humidifier/vaporizer), avoid greasy heavy dinners to improve sleep function.

If you navigate to Weekly report, the app will give you an average rating.  It will alert you to irregularities in your sleep such as going to bed late and getting up early.  You may ask how the device knows anything about my sleep.  If you are wearing a device to sleep such as the Apple Watch (paired with your phone) or Sleepace sleep devices, the NOX will use the health data to enhance its report.  If you are not wearing a smart device, you can place your phone under your pillow and the app will sense movement.  The app can then determine your time asleep, the time of deep sleep and if you have a wearable it will monitor heart rate and breath rate.   You can set sleep reminders, to remind you when it is time to get ready for bed, you can change between Celsius and Fahrenheit, connect to Apple “Health” app and evaluate a daily report of your sleep.  From the home menu, you can play sleep sounds ASMR Sound, Serenity, Just Relax, Sweet Lullaby, Little Music Box, Good Night.  I wish that you could upload your own music, but it does not appear that you can link your own music for now.  Perhaps this feature will be added later.  You can select main control to control the light on/off status, the color of the light, the color cycle, and the intensity. You can tell the app (under settings at the top right) to turn the clock on/off, connect the device to Amazon’s Alexa, and use the device as a nightlight.  Within the alarm app, you can set the alarm to awaken you to music and or light.  You can set up a wake-up range to allow the device to awaken you gradually.  You can also choose Smart Wake-Up, which will allow the device to sense when you are at the lightest part of your sleep cycle.

You can access Sleep-Aid from the main page of the app as well.  This will illuminate a red LED and you can adjust the illumination strength.  The light and music will automatically shut off when you are asleep or you can select the “Start Sleep” icon when ready for bed.  My wife did not like the sleep aid, as it started out too bright.  I backed the intensity down to minimal illumination and she did not complain anymore about the test.  The device works better with extra sensors and I decided to place my iPhone 7 plus underneath my pillow.  To test this system optimally, I tried to keep my patterns as original as possible.  On my first night, I was awakened around 4 AM as my dog needed to go outside. The sleep aid light and music were appropriately off.  I had set the awake option for 530 with a 20-minute awakening.  I was awakened around 515 with the sound of ocean waves and refreshingly not startled awake.  About ten minutes prior to the time I was due to get up, the light from the LED began to illuminate.  The intensity increased until the 5:30 set alarm point.  If you touch the center button, it will turn off the device and if you tap the entire top of the device, it will activate the snooze feature.  I would like a setting that would deactivate the sound but not the light when pressing/tapping the top of the device.  It was rather refreshing to awaken gradually instead of a startled awakening. I like that you can change the song in the soundbite day so that you don’t have the same awakening every day.

Sleepace AppIt was rather refreshing to awaken gradually instead of being startled awake.  I like that you can change the song and awake to a different song each day.  As stated, I would like the option to add songs to the list.  The option to link this with Alexa is amazing and it would be even more amazing if Siri had some degree of control.  I started out skeptical, but have become a believer in this device.  I love the light feature and the gentle awakening. The integration with wearables is really a neat feature.  You can link RestOn Sleep Tracker, Sleep Dot, or Smart Pillows.  I do not have any of these devices to attest to the interaction, but I would love to have the smart sleep trackers to evaluate my sleep.  When it comes to Alarm clocks, I would rate this device at 5/5.

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