post-title Getting a Good Night Sleep

Getting a Good Night Sleep

Getting a Good Night Sleep
PC Store, Security System, Tech Industry, Toys

I have a confession to make. I hate sleeping. It’s dull, time-consuming, and always gets in the way of fun things, but it does provide me with one big benefit: a rested brain. My circadian rhythm has been all over the place after 12 years of working nights. Despite that, I have never suffered from insomnia. Something tells me, that the main reason for that, is not moving to bed until I’m absolutely sure that I’m ready for sleep. Why Novostella – Good Night Light?

Well…

Bad night problems

I recently moved the living areas around at home. The new bedroom is darker than Dart Vader’s heart on a moonless night. It’s something I solved with my smart wall switch already, but there is a catch. Both lights wake up my wife as they are too bright, and I cannot sneak out to the bathroom in the middle of the night without risking stepping on her toes (or more fragile parts). There isn’t any space around the bed to walk by, and she claimed her side of the bed already.

For better or worse, my wife and I share the 2nd problem. From time to time, our active brains prevent us from falling asleep until our brains finished processing whatever we had been working all day. We know for a fact, that we won’t get a good night sleep until our biological CPUs are done for the day. Distracting active brains with sounds helps. White noise and ambient sounds seem to work much better than music. Frogs in particular. Frogs are my favourite!

Novostella – Good Night Light

We don’t have kids (it’s a work in progress thing) so looking at “baby lights” wouldn’t occur to me. It’s a surprisingly low on IoT solution to my problems but it works. Novostella – Good Night Light solves these issues in the following way:

  • LED light can be very dim
  • RF remote and touch control removes the need for voice commands
  • built-in speaker with white noise (ambient sounds)

My trips to the bathroom (or the fridge) are usually around 3 am. I’m not at liberty to whisper to Amazon Echo, so capacitive touch controls and RF remote are perfect to operate the light silently.

Apart from the light and sound controls, the remote comes with 3 timers (15/30/60min). It’s everything you would need from a smart light. The unit is powered by USB-C and the touch sensor toggles the lights and changed the colour presets.

Lights up

The biggest advantage of Novostella – Good Night Light is a perfectly difussed LED light. Strong enough to illuminate the room enough to see all important details, dim enough to keep my wife asleep while I navigate the room without hitting anything.

There are 7 colour presets to pick from (using remote). It may not seem like a lot at first, but it’s a night lamp, not a disco ball. I use white and sunset colours. Anything else is just fancy extra I have little desire for.