Published on July 24th, 2013 | by Greg0
Sound+Sleep Nomad: Rest Better While Traveling
Spend quite a few nights on the road? Whatever the reason, it’s almost certain that your rest is important to you. Jet lag and road rage are forms of stress, and one of the best ways to relieve and deal with stress is to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep. A nice bed can only go so far, and counting sheep doesn’t work for many people. Maybe it’s time to consider a sound machine!
The Sound+Sleep nomad is a fairly cute, portable, and easy to use speaker that includes a variety of different sound profiles that they call SoundStories. That might sound fairly limited, but the true differentiation is the adaptive listening, where the device “listens and responds to the background sounds in your environment and automatically adjusts the volume of the machine to mask disruptive ambient noise”. We were a bit skeptical- we’ve all heard the various background noises, babbling brooks and soothing bird calls before- but we did notice quite a bit of difference with the nomad.
It’s pretty nifty that each time you listen, the nomad actually creates a dynamically mixed selection, “composed in real time from nomad’s comprehensive library of high-definition sounds”. You can adjust the richness, and add up to four levels of complexity. There are a few different types of the natural sounds, but the basic options include rain, white noise, brown noise, an electric fan, a meadow, waterfall, and the ever-popular (and effective) ocean. You can choose to play your sounds all night long, or for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The unit puts out plenty of volume, and can be powered either via the usual AC adapter or with a pair of AA batteries (not included). It might have been nice to include rechargeable ones, as well as a carrying case. The build quality is also only so-so though, and we have seen apps or even dock systems like those from PURE that do a decent job of creating ambient noise and even offer more sound options- but nothing that is quite as realistic and varied as the nomad. Unlike other systems that we’ve seen, you won’t notice a track on repeat!
If getting some solid sleep has proven problematic due to insomnia or outside noise, then you should definitely consider trying out a sound machine. Blocking external noise is tough, but you can add your own with the nomad- available now for around $100.