Sleep has been more difficult in recent years for many people due to a more hectic life and greater life stresses. Now, with the recent pandemic, sleep has become even more elusive for some. While there are sleep assist apps already available, nothing quite matches the unique approach to improved sleep quality like URGONight. Recently, I received the product directly from URGOTECH to try it out. Here’s my review.
URGOTECH is a health-tech start-up that is part of the URGO Group, an international healthcare group headquartered in France. It develops and markets connected health innovations focused on biofeedback that offer home therapy with accessible, side-effect-free products. All their products are designed to improve the quality of life.
As the world’s first daytime sleep training system, the sleep training device uses neurofeedback therapy. It is designed to train the brain to produce the brainwaves clinically associated with sleep. In doing so, users can improve their sleep quality without the aid of any drugs or medicine. The training system is intended to help people fall asleep faster and cut nighttime interruptions by half.
How it Works
URGOnight has a wearable Electroencephalogram (EEG) headband and app, it helps people naturally learn to increase the brainwaves that impact sleep by using real-time brain activity displays, audio and visual cues, and rewards.
During the night, the brain emits waves that control multiple aspects of sleep. These aspects include how fast a person falls asleep, length and quality of sleep cycles, and how sleep is protected from things that can disrupt it like sounds.
Brainwave frequency can be increased by increasing the frequency of sensorimotor rhythm(SMR) brainwaves produced during the daylight hours. URGOnight can detect those SMR brainwaves and show the user how to control them to accelerate falling asleep at night while reducing the number of times they wake up.
Users wear an adjustable headband during the day, which uses sensors to measure brainwave activity. The headband is to be worn 20 minutes a day for three times a week. Although I thought it would feel awkward, the headband was quite light and the electrodes are dry so I don’t have to stick some gel on my forehead to apply them.
The headband gets connected to an iOS or Android app. Within the app, I could see my brainwaves in real-time before starting the 20 minutes of brain training exercises that I had to do while wearing the headband.
In the games, I am assigned tasks, which are intended to trigger when SMR brainwaves are produced. Then, after doing the 20 minutes of games, I can see the results. There were many games to keep me entertained.
The app has a virtual coach that explains the process, games, and results. The games are supposed to adjust to the individual user to make sure the brain is continually challenged and learning.
The company notes that it can take anywhere between 15 and 40 sessions to start noticing a change in sleep quality. For me, I could feel the changes in my sleep quality about 20 sessions in. I felt more rested and did not remember waking up as much as I had previously done.
Where to Buy
URGONight is available now and is priced at $499. You can purchase it at the URGOnight website. Soon, it will also be available on Amazon.
Although it is priced fairly for the technology and results it delivers, it’s not a sleep aid that is within most people’s budgets. Outside of a higher price, the URGOnight is an incredible solution for sleep issues. The headset is easy to get used to and doesn’t feel awkward after the first few times wearing it because it is lightweight and the games are so distracting. The time wearing it goes very quickly, too, making it seem like such a simple, effective way to improve sleep that doesn’t involve having to deal with any device or medicine at night.