Sleep tech and aromatherapy were big trends in 2017, so it’s only natural that someone would combine them into one smart device. Sleepace is filling that void with the Nox Aroma, an all-in-one sleep aid, smart alarm clock, and essential oil diffuser.
Nox Aroma utilizes the same sleep tracking technology found in everything from high-end mattresses to free apps. That on its own is practical, if not super exciting. The device pairs to an app on your phone where you can set a window of time when you’d like to get up. Nox senses when you’re at the lightest point in your sleep cycle so that you’re not jerked out of deep REM sleep.
How Nox wakes you up is the fun part. In addition to “natural” light emulating the sunrise and a selection of gentle sounds like birds chirping, you can also set an “aroma” wake-up. Then the aromatherapy kicks in, letting you wake up to the scent of your choice.
Waking up right is just half of the sleep equation. Sleepace is also concerned about how you fall asleep. It shouldn’t be news to you that that blue light emitted from TVs, laptops, and smartphone screens can lead to poor sleep quality. Nox Aroma attempts to correct that problem by glowing a soft red as you snooze, theorized to improve melatonin production.
You can also chose from a wide array of soothing audio including music, white noise, nature sounds, and ASMR recordings. And, of course, you can set it to diffuse your favorite scent. The sleep tracker turns off the device once you fall asleep.
The cool thing about the aromatherapy on Nox is that it’s not a traditional water-based diffuser. Instead of having to constantly change the tank or worry about spillage, Sleepace uses a solid pack of concentrated essential oil, which is much less messy. Currently the packs come in Lavender, Orange Blossom, and Jasmine, all scents linked to relaxation.
Like any good Internet of Things device, Nox Aroma is Alexa compatible. Ask Alexa to start your sleep cycle, check your sleep stats, or give you sleep suggestions with the Sleepace skill.
One downside to the Nox Aroma is that you can only use one scent at a time — the point of aromatherapy is that different scents serve different purposes. A calming, sleep-inducing scent is not ideal for waking up and an invigorating scent wouldn’t be the best to fall asleep to. To be fair, that’s a little moot at this point, since the only packs provided by Sleepace are relaxing ones. Future iterations of this product might do well to have separate compartments for sleeping and waking, and provide more scent options.
If you really don’t think you’ll be able to wake up to the calming smell of lavender, you can turn off aroma wake-up and just use the diffuser for going to sleep. It might be a nice way to wake up though, if not an especially energizing one.