Getting the right amount and quality of sleep is very important. The problem with most people is that they just don’t get the right amount of sleep. There could be a million different reasons why someone would not get good sleep, but there aren’t very many ways to solve them. Most people turn to medication or other non natural remedies to fix their sleep problems. The DreamKeeper 400 is a way to help you sleep without the use of medication.
- Sends a gentle wave to the acupressure point on the inner wrist, calming the body, helping lower the stress level and inducing sleep
- Ideal for Helping With Insomnia, Restful Slumber
- Contains No Drugs
- Restoring Sleep Patterns
- Features 45-min. Auto Shutoff
- Does Not Deliver Electronic Current To The Skin, Non-Invasive, Non-Addictive, No Side Effects
The DreamKeeper works by sending a “wave” to an acupressure point that is located on the bottom of the wrist. This process is suppose to help a person relax and fall asleep easier.
Because there are no drugs, needles, or electrical currents, the DreamKeeper is completely non-invasive, non-addictive, and has no side-effects.
The DreamKeeper looks a lot like a watch. It is even worn like a watch around the wrist, except the main part goes under the wrist instead of on top.
The top of the device really only contains a single point of interaction. There is a single button that you press and hold to turn it on and off, and also press quickly to adjust the strength of the vibration.
The back is where the battery pack goes. This is one of the design decisions that I don’t like. The battery pack looks like it is two batteries glued together in a small case. The batteries are designed to last about 3 months depending on how strong you have the vibration set to. Replacements can be purchased directly from HBI. I would have preferred that the DreamKeeper accept more standard batteries that would be less expensive to replace.
On the bottom the only significant feature is the acupressure point which will stimulate your P6 acupressure point. According to the HBI website “Previous studies showed that stimulating the P6 acupressure point may increase deep sleep.” The bottom has a protective cover that needs to be removed before use. I actually forgot to take it off the first time I used it and it really hurt to wear it.
The DreamKeeper 400 comes packaged in a really heavy duty case. It looks like it can take quite a beating and would be great for those that travel a lot and would need to stick it in their luggage.
Well, did it help me sleep? That is a difficult question to answer. My sleeping definitely changed over the last 8 weeks, but it is difficult to blame or give credit to the DreamKeeper. So instead I will tell you what I observed and you can decide if the DreamKeeper was responsible. My form of Insomnia comes from having an overactive mind. Sometimes I lay in bed for up to 90 minutes waiting for my mind to calm down enough for me to fall asleep. So I was hoping the DreamKeeper would help me relax my mind so that I could fall asleep more quickly.
The DreamKeeper instructions recommend that it is put on and turned on 30 minutes before you go to bed. So when I first started wearing the device I tried to do this. However, the instructions also say that it is not water proof, so I had to take it off when I brushed my teeth and washed my hands before going to bed. Having to take it on and off several times became a problem so I started putting it on right as I was laying down in my bed. Because I did this, I did not benefit from the 30 minutes of pre-relaxation. So I would still lay in bed for a while before going to sleep. This gave me the impression that it was not working.
My sleeping pattern also changed, even though I had trouble falling asleep in the past, I never had trouble staying asleep. I would remain in a deep sleep until my alarm went off and woke me up. However, since almost the first day I started using the DreamKeeper I started waking up about 2 hours before my alarm went off. I don’t know if this is because of the device being uncomfortable on my wrist, I normally don’t sleep with anything on my wrist, or if I was getting so much good sleep that my body thought it was time to get up. Needless to say, when I woke up I felt tired so I would take the DreamKeeper off and go back to sleep.
Besides sending a “wave” to an acupressure point on your wrist, the DreamKeeper also has a breath control program. This is suppose to help you time your breathing to the device so that you can help calm yourself down and fall asleep easier. This is done by having the DreamKeeper vibrate in a rhythm that is similar to someone that is falling asleep. I actually found this to be a distraction, and after about a week of trying it, I turned it off.
There is also a blue power light that flashes to let you know it is on. Normally this is a very dim light, but when you are in an extremely dark room, and your eyes have adjusted to the darkness, it shines out like a flashlight. I had to keep my hand turned into my blankets so that the light did not distract me. It would be nice if this could be turned off or if a different color could be used like red, which does not shine as bright.
I also have some complaints about the battery pack. In addition to what I mentioned about not using standard batteries, it also does not maintain a solid connection. There were some days I would put it on and try and turn it on, but it would not work. After messing with it I found that if I pushed in the battery pack it would turn on. So the battery pack must be coming loose. Also, for a battery it is a bit expensive. The replacement price for a battery pack is $7.99 plus shipping. These are big batteries, but I doubt they would cost $4 each to buy them at a local store. Even if they are expensive at the store, you could get some at the store quicker than you could have them shipped. Anyways, you should probably keep an extra on hand for when your current one runs out.
Now the real test is when I stopped wearing the DreamKeeper. If my sleep really improved from using it I should notice a decrease in my sleep when I stop, right? Well, I have to admit my first night without the DreamKeeper was horrible. I woke up several times during the night and I could not seem to get comfortable. This could have been caused by other things like the fact that it was the night of our presidential elections, or something else. My sleep the next night wasn’t much better, but over time it has improved. I have also stopped waking up in the middle of the night.
The only warranty information I could find was in a booklet that comes with the DreamKeeper. The booklet indicates that it only has a one year parts and labor warranty. The booklet also says we can go to http://www.healthdevice.com/warranty for more information about the warranty; However, when I went to that website I got a “Page Not Found” error.
Also, there really is no support for the DreamKeeper 400. I could only find a single email address for customer service and no phone number, or any other way of contacting them. The only other help you get is from the website which has a very small FAQ and some other pages.
If you are having trouble sleeping and you have tried other things that do not work it certainly cannot hurt to try the DreamKeeper. Even if you are taking sleeping pills or other medication to help you sleep, you can still use the DreamKeeper as an additional help. Because it costs more than $100 I would like to see HBI offer some kind of trial period so customers could see if it would work for them before they spend money on it. As for me, I think it affected my sleep, but I am not convinced it was all positive. I am going to pass the DreamKeeper on to a friend who also has sleeping problems and see what they have to say. I will keep you posted. As always compare prices before purchasing.
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