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Sleep is a million-dollar market these days. That makes sense—it’s the one thing we all crave but can never quite get enough of. Recently, one of the era’s trendiest direct-to-consumer mattress brands, Casper, made the leap from bedding to bedside sleep-assistance with Glow Lights (yes, that’s their proper name). Glow Lights use very warm, comforting light housed in a palm-sized translucent cylinder to mimic the setting or rising sun. The effect is exactly as wholesome and natural as it sounds. The lights calm you down before bedtime and gently wake you the next morning. And they’re dead simple to use.
For a device that’s so techy, a Casper Glow Light hardly looks the part—and that’s what makes it a nonintrusive addition to your sleeping and waking schedule.
They help you fall asleep—and wake up.
As you know by now, blue light from phone screens and lightbulbs is the bane of sleep. Blasting your eyeballs with it right before bed doesn’t do you any favors. But Casper’s Glow Lights gradually dim from bright (but warm) light to a deep reddish hue after they’re activated—automatically, that happens over 45 minutes, but you can alter the timing in the app. That means you probably won’t use them as a reading light or a nightstand lamp to accompany your pre-bed phone scrolling, but that’s the point. The way the Glow Lights dim is supposed to lull you to sleep better than abruptly shutting off a lamp. And the reverse happens in the morning: At whatever time you schedule in the app, they’ll start to brighten. It’s the gentlest wake-up you could hope for.
You can control brightness with a simple motion.
Everything’s too smart these days. Operating Casper’s Glow Lights is simple. Flip a Glow Light once, and it turns on (or off). Rotate it as if you were gently screwing it into a tabletop, and it’ll brighten or darken. Press the top or bottom button, and it’ll pause wherever it is in the dimming or brightening cycle. Give the light a little shake, and it will give you a little spark of light; if you have to get out of bed in the middle of the night, it’s like a candle guiding your way without completely jarring you into wakefulness.
Another nice—and weird—thing is that there’s no real top or bottom. You can hold it any which way, and whatever gravity censors it has inside it will adjust to you.
They’re easy to charge and move around the house.
If you buy more than one Glow Light, the two will be synced up, so you can have them placed in different parts of the room or even house. They will turn on and off together, dim together, and let you keep one in arm’s reach that will still control the other, more distant one. Carrying them around is as easy as literally carrying them around—no cord needed. When they run out of juice, the charging pads work quickly so you can get back to using them. Take them outside to the patio for some mood lighting. Hell, buy a bunch and set up a light show. It’d be as simple as operating one.
But really, they’re meant for the bedside. And lord knows you need all the help falling asleep you can get.