The Sleep Sounds Edition [Mollie's Monday Obsessions v.117]

It's typically not sound itself that wakes us up or keeps us from falling asleep in the first place. Rather, it's the harsh changes in sound that wake us up -- think a slamming door, a barking dog, a crack of lightning. That's where sleep sounds come in. -The secret to better sleep: Pink, blue and brown noise - CNET

For longer-term stays, I’ll typically come prepared with your standard white noise machine (Dohm is the OG for this, but there are certainly plenty on the market). But for a shorter stay like this one, a simple app can be a lifesaver to mask any unwanted noises with ease. For me, it’s actually a simple & plain app called Noise Machine

that looks like this. It offers a minimal design, pink, brown, or white noise options without wasting my time on all kinds of distracting tracks with birds or wind chimes, etc.This thing has saved me on more nights than I can count!

But what if you require something beyond these basic sound adjustments? This week’s podcast addresses those next level concerns. See below!




️Resource: Podcast Episode, 021: Tim Antos, CEO of Kokoon / Nightbuds, How a former insomniac made smart sleep earbuds & built a sleep coaching platform! Tim Antos joins us to discuss why you can’t forget about NOISE in your quest to improve your sleep! We explore discussions of some of the latest audio technology explicitly designed to enhance the quality of sleep. I was particularly excited and grateful to have Tim on the show, considering he’s in the midst of an inspiring Kickstarter campaign that is already on course to hit $700,000 after only a few days on the site. Dive in to learn more about sound, sleep quality, and sleep coaching from an ex-insomniac turned serial entrepreneur.


For reference: This is me testing out their first product, Kokoon, in February on a flight to NYC.. I like them primarily for air travel, although they were a bit too big for me for regular use.


Below is their new crazy teeny tiny version, making a splash on Kickstarter right now. I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m very curious since they aim to offer a seamless & nearly invisible experience. I’ll be interested in testing them myself, finding out the EMF levels, etc., but there is undoubtedly a lot of buzz around them!

Tim is a mechanical engineer and former insomniac. He founded Kokoon in 2013 to make sleep science more accessible to consumers on their terms. His company has two products that work with an app platform to deliver audio coaching and content tailored to the individual based on their data.



What is the relationship between sound and sleep?


What type of sounds are helpful with sleep, and how can it make your rest more enjoyable?


What audio devices can help with sleep quality? And what are some of the pros and cons of the standard items out there right now?


Switching to audio instead of screens during night time can be beneficial for sleep quality in that it removes light & hyper engagement. Find out how you can use audio to work for your night routine.


Do sounds affect deep sleep?


In what other ways could audio be beneficial for health & sleep?


What can you do specifically to improve your nighttime routines and sleep quality through the modularity of noise?

Check out the new NightBuds here:

SLEEP SCHOLARS (Source: YOU all! Reminder: Continue to send what you’re learning/discovering re: sleep, and I’ll include it here)


Resource: Article, Apple News, Soccer Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's Unusual Training Regimen Reveals an Uncomfortable Truth About Success Spoiler Alert: Sleep is that uncomfortable truth ;)


Resource: Article, Forbes, 5 Daylight Savings Sleep Tips To Help You Get Over The Time Change


Resource: Article, InStyle, The 10 Best Sleep Trackers of 2020


Resource: Article, Inverse, Scientists untangle the troubling link between cocaine and sleep


Resource: Article, Pharmacy Times, CBD: Can It Help With Sleep?

As always, please send me your thoughts on this week’s obsession or your current fascinations.


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