After experiencing eye strain from dry contact lenses, airplane travel and lack of sleep, I slipped on my Therabody SmartGoggles to enjoy a back-to-back SmartRelax and Sleep massage. Not only did the tension in my eyes start to melt away, but I, a self-diagnosed insomniac and night owl, felt drowsy within minutes. Nodding off like a bobblehead during my pre-bedtime Instagram scroll, I had no other choice (ha) but to set aside my phone and catch some shut-eye.
But don’t just take my word for it. Flummoxed by the magical contraption, I just about forced it on my mom during the middle of a busy day. After five minutes, the lady was practically drooling. When she felt a headache come on a week after a surgery, I strapped the goggles on her head and turned on the SmartRelax mode to help alleviate her pain. Much to her surprise, she felt some relief not just physically, but her mood improved as well. Not long after, I treated myself to a 15-minute massage while on my period, and I no longer felt an unbearable throb in my head like I usually do. I was also able to fall asleep quickly that night.
While it’s not a cure-all, my mom and I both agree that the SmartGoggles are a keeper—especially when used as a sleep aid. I would like to note that finding a comfortable position for the strap took some time, as the goggles are slightly bulky and front-heavy in design. I’d also suggest using the SmartGoggles while laying down, rather than sitting upright for the best experience.
Let’s cut to the chase: This gadget does not disappoint. Even after two months of testing, I continue to reach for my Therabody SmartGoggles for a midday moment of respite or whenever I have trouble falling asleep. For $200, you’re practically getting a personal masseuse whenever you need. Plus, it’s compact and travel-friendly, so you can easily take it on the road. A goodnight’s rest is just one temple massage away, people.
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