Dodow Review

Smart device uses rhythmic LED lights to pace your breathing and help you fall asleep fast and deep.
Keri Robinson Senior Contributor
I'm a mom who writes about new home and household products.

About Dodow

No matter your age, your physical shape, how healthy you are, or even how happy you are with life, insomnia is something that can affect anyone.

Be it one or two nights of restless sleep that leaves someone tired for the days that follow, or a more chronic case with night after night with little or no sleep, insomnia is undesirable.

It is estimated that over 120 million people in the USA suffer from some kind of sleep problem, and between them, they are spending something in the region of $5 billion per year to try to resolve them.

Doubtless, you will have heard umpteen ways to deal with insomnia that could include everything from granny's magic herbal tea recipe to hypnosis, medication, acupuncture and even group therapy.

All of these can, and in many cases, do, work to some extent, but they can cost a lot of money.

One solution that is relatively inexpensive, and more importantly, helps you to fall asleep naturally, is Dodow.

What is Dodow?

Now, at the first sight of Dodow, it looks like nothing more than a plastic disc, no bigger than a saucer, but the benefit of that is that you can use it anywhere.

When you switch it on, it emanates a beam of light up to the ceiling and this light's bean expands and retracts at a specific rate. This is the key to Dodow, and its ability to aid restful sleep.

How Does it Work?

Dodow is powered by batteries so there is no need for a power outlet being close to your bed. You press the touch-sensitive Dodow on top which switches on the light.

This light shines a beam up to the ceiling, but the beam is not static. Instead, it grows and collapses at a specific rhythm. What you do as you lie in bed is focus on the beam and in particular the rate at which it is expanding and retracting.

This rhythmic action is at a pace which guides your breathing rate, so you want to try and breathe in and out at the same rate as the beam’s movements.

At this rate of breathing you relax, your mind calms and soon you drift into a peaceful sleep. The Dodow will switch itself off after 8 or 20 minutes depending on what setting you choose.

Key Features

The first thing to say about Dodow is how simple and easy it is to set up and use. All it requires is 3 AAA batteries so that means you can literally use it anywhere as no power outlet is needed.

Then there is the fact that it is small, lightweight and portable, so if you are ever away from home for one night, one week, or one month, you can take Dodow with you to ensure a good night's sleep wherever you may be.

Dodow has two sleep modes which are 8 minutes and 20 minutes. Most people try the 20-minute mode first, and once they are able to fall asleep using that, they then try the 8-minute mode. That being said it is entirely up to you which one you use.

Regardless of which mode you select, Dodow has an auto-off feature so that you fall asleep without having the thought of how you switch it of playing away in your mind, plus, on a practical level, it prolongs the battery life.

Sleep disorders can come in many forms, from serious conditions like chronic insomnia, through to a simple case of jet lag, with everything in between.

The beauty of Dodow is that it can help all of them because it uses a natural method to help you sleep. It does so by using cognitive behavioral training to reprogram your brain in terms of your sleep patterns.

The way it achieves this is by shining a beam of blue light on to the ceiling above your bed. Incidentally, you can reduce the brightness of the beam just in case it disturbs your partner.

What then happens is the beam expands and retracts at a specific rate and the key is that you should now be adjusting your rate of breathing to match the beam's rate.

This breathing technique equates to those used in yoga and meditation which are obviously very effective at helping people relax. As your breathing helps you to relax, any anxiety levels fall, your brain starts to calm, and as your thoughts quieten, you soon fall asleep.

The difference here is that you are doing so using a natural sleep aid, and not with over the counter sleeping pills, or tablets.

By using Dodow you are going to avoid all those painful and uncomfortable nights where you toss and turn for hours, just longing to fall asleep. By getting a good night’s sleep, you are enhancing your overall health, you'll feel refreshed, more confident, alert and ready for the day ahead.

Your appearance will even improve, given that your skin and eyes will always look better after a good night's sleep compared to a sleepless one.

Customer Reviews

Robin Dixon had been an insomniac for some considerable time and had tried all kinds of remedies which had not worked. Having only used Dodow for 5 nights he was already falling asleep using the 8-minute cycle.

'Every time I've fallen asleep quicker and quicker.'

Larry Fox has had sleeping problems for years, and no amount of exercise or medication had helped him sleep. By the third night of using Dodow, the soothing blue light and breathing rhythms had worked.

'I highly recommend this product for anyone who needs help shutting down at night.'

Edith Doucet's elderly mother had difficulty sleeping and she had tried several options to try and help her, but nothing had worked. Within 2 months, Dodow enabled her to fall asleep more quickly and if she woke during the night, she'd switch it on, and it helped her get back to sleep again.

'We are so happy to have discovered the Dodow and highly recommend it.'

I. O'Donnell's 12-year-old daughter had real difficulties falling asleep at night, and even when she did, she'd often wake up several times through the night. By using Dodow she is now able to fall asleep within a few minutes. She even takes it with her when she is on out-of-town school sports events including one where she won the state gymnastics championship.

'The Dodow is so small and easy to travel with, that we will never be without it.'


As it looks and actually is such a simple product, many considering buying Dodow question its price. The first thing to consider is that while a bottle of sleep pills or sleeping supplements may cost a lot less, they are not curing the problem, but merely masking it, and you have to buy them repeatedly.

In the long run, they will eventually cost more, and with Dodow you are dealing with the problem and in most cases, solving it.

Others who question the merits of Dodow ask about proof that it works. The 1,000s of scientific studies which support rhythmic breathing as a means to help you fall asleep is the basis upon which Dodow was designed. If that weren't enough to convince anyone, Dodow has been purchased by thousands of people.

The proof of it working is evident in the hundreds of reviews and social media posts from those who are delighted to have finally found something that genuinely helps them fall asleep naturally.


  • Small and portable
  • Natural sleep aid
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Auto shut-off


  • Not suited to heavily textured ceilings
  • Can take time getting used to breathing rhythm

Final Thoughts

Getting a good night’s sleep is about more than just getting up the next day feeling refreshed; it can impact positively on many aspects of life, including our physical and mental health.

Poor sleep has the opposite effect, which is why there are so many insomnia cures, sleep aids and sleeping pills on the market, with people desperate to find a way of solving their sleep problems.

With Dodow you have a sleeping aid as natural as can be, and it is so easy and simple to use. It can be taken anywhere so your sleep is assured no matter where you travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

My partner has no sleep issues. Will Dodow have any negative impact on their sleep pattern?

Most importantly, it works as shown by the many users who praise it for solving their sleep problems and in many cases cured their chronic insomnia.

If your partner sleeps without any aids then it is more than likely that as you are using Dodow then they may have fallen asleep already, so it should not affect them.

Also, as the light beam is not very bright, and can be dimmed, it is not going to disturb them if they have their eyes closed, even if they are still awake.

Does Dodow have any side effects?

You have to remember that Dodow is not any kind of medication or hypnotic device. It is merely guiding your breathing so that it slows to a certain rate which is the most conducive for you relaxing and then falling asleep.

This technique is perfectly safe and has in fact been practiced in some form since ancient times in many traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism as a natural breathing routine.

Is Dodow safe for children?

It is, and many parents have successfully used it to help their children get to sleep, especially those who have been afraid of the dark. Some younger children may need some help from parents to help them understand the importance of their breathing rate in relation to the light beam, but once they do, they should be able to fall asleep naturally, feeling relaxed and safe.

How quickly does Dodow work?

Every individual is going to be slightly different, depending on severe their sleep problems are, but most users should soon be able to fall asleep with the 20-minute mode with very little difficulty.

The expectation is that soon they will be able to do so with the shorter 8-minute mode. Ideally, the point will come that having used Dodow for some time, your body, and in particular your mind becomes accustomed to falling asleep peacefully and starts doing so without the need for Dodow.                                                                                        

Where to Buy

Dodow can be purchased online from their official website through this link. Standard delivery in 4 - 6 days is free, while Express delivery in 2 - 4 days is $5.99;


No matter your age, your physical shape, how healthy you are, or even how happy you are with life, insomnia is something that can affect anyone. Be it one

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