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ASTI SoundSleep-Mini Review – Need a goodnight sleep? Look no further!
ASTI SoundSleep-Mini Review – As athletes we are well aware of the importance of proper training if we want to make progress. We are also aware of the need for proper nutrition. However, many of us don’t understand the importance of a goodnight sleep for a proper recovery between our workouts. If you are like me I’ve always had a hard time falling and staying asleep. I’ve used over-the-counter meds, vitamins, and the list goes on. At whits end, I looked into sound therapy, and was intrigued when I found ASTI SoundSleep-mini device. And let me say I’m glad I did, sleep has never been so good!
I do not know who came up with the idea that the basic health requires eight hours of sleep. The only time that I slept for such eight hours in the recent years was when I was recovering from a surgery, and taking the prescription opiates. However, on one recent morning, after using the SoundSleep-Mini device, I woke up and then realized I had been asleep for more than ten hours. This was a shock to me, as my normal sleep cycle was around four to six hours, and never feeling that I slept at all. Knowing the importance of getting a full night’s sleep always left me frustrated, and panicked at the same time. A perpetual endless cycle.
Sound Therapy, Yes! I too I was skeptical!
I must confess to being regularly suspicious of gadgets which promise to improve the quality of life. I know I shouldn’t, but the inner skeptic just comes out. I had heard of devices and apps that create white noise or even reproduce sounds from “nature” like streams, logs crackling, ocean waves lapping at the shore, and birds twittering all promising the ideal sleep. I thought that it was just some sort of the aural placebo until I started using the ASTI SoundSleep-mini device. I must admit I have used some apps that mimic these sounds; however the sounds sounded fake to me and were more annoying than anything. Now does the SoundSleep-mini device give me that ten hours of sleep every night? No, it doesn’t; however, I must say that I’m getting a solid six to eight hours a night. Which is a far cry from the four to six hours I was getting. Best part is I feel refreshed, more refreshed than I have felt in years.
Sound Therapy the Science
When you think about it there is really no hocus-pocus about this experience the science is clear. The sound machines have been around since the 1960s. There are 1000’s of families that use these types of machines to lull the babies to sleep just by masking the intrusive sounds such as noisy neighbors or vehicle traffic or heartbeats. An article on the New York Times specified that: “When used correctly, the devices can change your life, and you could finally find a reprieve from the snoring spouse or even vice versa. You may as well finally get your kid to sleep (so that you can spend more and more time with your snoring spouse). In addition, you might also drown out the unashamed loud neighbors.”
The ASTI SoundSleep-mini device
The ASTI SoundSleep-Mini device is different from other devices in at least two respects:
It includes the ASTIs proprietary listening technology which can monitor the sounds within your environment and then adapt the volume of sounds coming from this device automatically. In case your significant other snores, it will detect it and increase the volume of the sound that you have selected.
Fortunately, this is just option. I turned this option off since it was intrusive at times. The monitoring of the device is really sensitive to an extent that the volume could increase at the smallest change, even just sliding my alarm across the nightstand. However, I can see how the feature will become useful if you live in noisy place where dogs are barking, or subway trains and heavy traffic are a factor.
The second feature that I found to be quite unique is what the manufacturer calls SoundStories. Every sound that the Mini produces may be modified with a press of the button so that you finally end up with more than 48 combinations of sounds. For instance when you select the ocean, you will at first hear waves only. Press it once more and you are able to add seagulls, sea lions, fog horns and many more. In the event that you select rain, you may get a downpour or a drizzle. Regardless of the sound that you select, you can always increase or even decrease the volume to suit your level of comfort.
What make ASTI SoundSleep-mini different?
The unit includes several whirring fan sounds which made ASTIs LectroFan extremely popular. The fan sounds that I prefer may be changed from the deep turbine-like sound to the small desk fan. ASTI says that the sounds it produces doesn’t loop. They continuously change subtly so that they do not become monotonous. This device also comes with a timer that allows one to leave the sound on constantly or set to stop within 30 minute increments. I normally leave mine on all the night except when I am using the rain sound. 30 to 60 minutes of the rain is enough to put me to sleep.
The ASTI SoundSleep-Mini device also has the audio input so in case you want to listen to the music instead of the sounds you can always use the provided five-audio cable to connect a cellphone, an iPod or even other devices and just use the ASTI SoundSleep-Mini device as a speaker. The audio performance is extremely good for voice playback and music, adding versatility and value to this special-purpose device.
The soundsleep-mini is a quality device that’s small enough to take on the trips so that you can use it in the hotel room. In summary, this is a highly recommended device.