Therabody SmartGoggles Review: A Worthy Addition to Your Sleep Routine

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The SmartGoggles arrived in my life at an opportune time. A few days after Therabody handed over a review unit of their new device – a bulky, space-age eye mask that promised to knead away facial tension and help me off to sleep – I was struck down with a debilitating condition (slight sinus headache, Extreme Sniffles) that called for at least two weeks of bed rest and whining. An on-hand masseuse from the future might prove useful, I thought.

It’s an intriguing launch, but not a particularly surprising one. Over the past few years, Therabody has diversified its product range in an attempt to take advantage of the wider wellbeing boom. Arguably the standard-bearer for massage guns, an industry that no doubt benefited from the countless hours we spent tapping away at dinner tables over lockdown, Therabody’s line-up now includes foam rollers, an LED device for jaw pain and wrinkles, electric muscle stimulators and even a cupping tool, as well as a heat belt for muscle complaints and compression jet boots for your legs. Now that the SmartGoggles have arrived, we just need an arm-based device before we can go full Therabody Megazord.

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According to the company, the SmartGoggles take advantage of a biometric sensor – pretty tiny, and integrated into the grey leather which makes up the comfortable interior – that works to lower your heart-rate using heat, vibration and massage, all in a bid to bring you closer to calm (it’s the latter two that the small heart-rate sensor adapts to, changing the intensity and rhythm accordingly.) There are three modes: Smart Relax, which seeks to lower anxiety through vibration patterns; Focus Mode, which combines the vibration with heat treatment, which sets its sights on alleviating the kind of eye strain that can develop from too much screen-time; and finally Sleep Mode, which gives your temple a gentle massage – unless you’d rather it wasn’t so gentle, in which case you can ramp it up. That goes for the vibrations and heat features, too: all are available on three levels of climbing intensity, which you can control by tapping the buttons on the upper left-side of the goggles.

It was the ‘Sleep’ mode, geared up to the highest intensity and the warmest setting, that quickly became my favourite. It still is, long after the lurgy subsided. (The ‘Sleep’ label isn't to be taken literally, as the device is too loud and powerful to truly nod off with, but it is relaxing nonetheless, and they shut off automatically after 15 minutes). The other modes are pleasant too, and can be synced with the brand’s new app, TheraMind, which hosts audio tracks that use the different rhythms, pulses and frequencies to, the brand says, influence your nervous system.

All in all, it's a good option for anyone who suffers from frequent headaches or wants a relaxing addition to their bedtime routine. Simple to use, adaptable and innovative, it's an interesting addition to the sleep tech space.

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