During a recent trip to New York, I tried the Bryte Bed at the Wall Street Hotel. (One canny move of the Bryte company—you can test out the bed by staying in one of two dozen hotels nationwide.) After downloading the Bryte app and syncing it to the bed via QR code, I lay down and enjoyed the feeling of sinking down into it as I set the support to medium softness—more pillowy than I usually prefer, but hey, I was traveling so I deserved to treat myself, right?
Next, I lay back and tried the audio-massage functionality of the bed called Somnify—it was only 3 p.m., but again, why wait until bed to play with my new king-sized toy? I chose the “Thunder” setting, which combines the muffled sound of rain and thunderclaps with what was a surprisingly active bed moving underneath me. The bed pushed upward under my head then rolled down my body, the air columns inside the mattress moving in sequence—and in time with the thunder. The feeling was, TBH, not entirely pleasant at first, as I felt a little disoriented for a few beats. Then I took a deep breath and just Went. With. It. And once I became one with the bed and stopped stiffening against the mattress, the intermittent massage and stormy sound really chilled me out.
I snapped out of my mini bliss fast because I had work to do, but later that night, I was poised to put this baby through its paces again. I activated a setting named Wind Chimes, and as I lay back to be massaged—this setting was gentler than the rolling thunder I’d tried earlier—I had the distinct sensation of being cradled in someone’s arms, rocked like a baby to sleep. It was the damnedest sensation, feeling like I was swaddled. Again, at first I was a bit unsettled being so cuddled, but knew that since I had only ten minutes of this setting total, I could endure such forced comfort. I breathed deep, felt my limbs soften and then…darkness. We’re talking the sudden unconsciousness I have only experienced counting backwards before surgery. I woke eight hours later (I checked the app, that’s what it reported) feeling like I had left the planet, which I now understand is a function of how deeply I slept.