Dodow takes you on the path to sleep. The stimulation of the baroreflex during several minutes rebalances your autonomic nervous system.
You are relaxed and in a resting state. The secretion of cortisol and noradrenalin has stopped and that of melatonin, the sleep hormone, has taken over.
You are no longer in a wakeful state, reacting to external stimuli, and you can now detach yourself from your thoughts.
Within 8 minutes, Dodow greatly enhances the transition to the alpha state, characterized by low frequency brain waves, which is the first step towards a good night's sleep.
On average you fall asleep 2.5x faster whith Dodow. Synchronizing your breathing to a light pulse at a slow and steady rhythm has a hypnotic effect (the phenomenon is similar to watching a pendulum). The blue light is projected onto the ceiling.
Breathe in rhythm with the light, inhaling when the beam expands and exhaling when it retracts.Focusing on the light takes your attention away from the thoughts that stimulate your waking state. With reduced brain activity, the process of falling asleep becomes smoother and quicker.
Breathing is the only part of the autonomic nervous system that can be controlled consciously. Maintaining a steady pace of 6bpm for long enough will trigger the baroreflex, a physiological mechanism that will correct the imbalance in the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for insomnia.
Dodow gradually slows down your breathing from 11 to 6 breaths per minute (bpm), in a regular, rhythmic pattern conducive to a relaxed state where the exhalation is longer than the inhalation.