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Sound Asleep Pillow
Member Name: bollinger28
Sound Asleep Pillow
Date: 25/02/12, updated on 05/01/14 (264 review reads)
Advantages: Inexpensive. Works well at lulling you to sleep. Does not disturb fellow sleepers.
Disadvantages: The pillow cannot be washed, and becomes flat after excessive use.
I've never had any real sleep problems (touchwood), but I do find some noises can interfer with the whole process of getting to sleep - excessive traffic or loud snoring being the worst offenders. This was easily remedied for me by donning a pair of headphones and listening to music. The only problem with this is that I did tend to find my headphone cord would get half wrapped around me in the middle of the night. Similarly I once thrashed about so much in my dreams that I managed to pull the CD player off the bedside unit....and woke up the whole household when said item hit the wooden flooring in the bedroom with loud bang.
After that I was rather keen on acquiring a Sound Asleep Pillow. After all you can only semi-garrotte yourself in your sleep so many times, making me most keen to try an alternative method of night-time listening. I received my Sound Asleep Pillow as a birthday gift from my parents some four years ago now, and there's a rarely a night when I don't use it. I really do find that my musical pillow sends me off to the Land of Nod quickly and easily.
~~~ WHAT'S A SOUND ASLEEP PILLOW? ~~~
I love listening to music - be it on my iPod when I'm out and about, or on my PC when at home plugged into either iTunes or Spotify. However, my partner isn't as keen on my musical tastes as I am. Fine if I was listening to Abba or ELO; I suspect he'd be more than keen. However, I tend to favour more Indie type music, which he finds it infinitely depressing. He can just about tolerate Coldplay or Snow Patrol, but draws the line at Elbow or Athlete. Therefore I need to listen to my music quietly without disturbing him with my doom-along anthems (his words...not mine). Enter stage right...the Sound Asleep Pillow - saviour to giving me a good night's sleep and not disturbing himself with my doom mongering.
The Sound Asleep Pillow is not just a pillow, but also a sound source. Each pillow contains a tiny built in speaker, which delivers sound through your pillow using a 3.5mm jack and lead which connects to your preferred source of sound. You can hook your pillow up to your iPod, a CD player, a TV or a radio. I prefer to keep my iPod for trips out and about, so I haven't yet needed to try this option. Instead I have my pillow hooked up to my Sanyo Compact Disc Player. This is ideal as my CD player had become more or less redundant after I purchased my iPod. Added to which no one in their right minds wants to be seen out and about carting around a heavy old portable CD player when iPods are so much lighter...not to mention containers of about 99% more music :o)
The pillow itself is a standard sized one (74cm x 48cm) so there are no worries about finding a pillow case to fit over it. The pillow is stuffed with 550g of 100% polyester hollow fibre filling as well as the speaker, which is well embedded in the filling so you shouldn't be able to feel it. The pillow is covered with a 50% polyester and 50% cotton cover, and once you slip the pillow inside your usual pillow case you cannot tell it apart from any other pillow on the bed. The only slight give-away is the cord that protrudes from the edge of the pillow (which hooks up to your music source), but this can be easily unplugged to make your bed look tidier if you so wish.
The pillow is very comfy and soft - no different at all to any standard pillow...and using it is simplicity itself. As the speaker is built inside the pillow, the pillow does not require any headphones at all. You plug one end of the lead into the speaker jack and the other end into your iPod / CD player / radio. You press play and you're done. The volume is controlled from your music source, so that may take a bit of adjusting as you get used to it. The pillow will not give out any sound until it is connected to your iPod / CD player and you press the "play" button.
~~~ DOES IT WORK? ~~~
My pillow came packaged in a large plastic bag with plastic handles. The pillow looks just like any other standard pillow, with the only visible difference being the wire coming out of the corner. Some users have complained that the pillow quality looks a bit cheap, but I've been very happy with the quality and softness of mine. I have been using mine for four years now, and it's only just loosing its comfyness and going a little flat.
I'd say the main beauty of the pillow is that you can listen to your favourite music (or stories, or self-improvement CDs or even the shipping forecast if that floats your boat...groan), without disturbing your fellow sleeper. The volume of the sound is controlled by you from your chosen music source, so if you keep it turned down low enough, you will be the only one to hear the music, allowing your partner to sleep in peace. The upshot is that it's miles more comfortable than trying to listen to music in bed using headphones.
The sound quality is fairly good. Obviously it's never going to be as clear as a bell as the sound will always be slightly muffled by the pillow's filling. The speaker is pretty basic, but the sound is good enough to hear lyrics clearly, especially if you manage to find the right spot in your pillow just above the speaker. I must say that you do need to keep the volume down fairly low otherwise it may disturb your bed fellow. If a track has a heavy bass line or tinny background beat then they may be able to hear it unless you keep the volume to a minimum.
However as a relaxant it really does come into its own. When I climb into bed, I choose whichever CD I fancy, slot it into my player, press play and off we go. I find I only get to hear the first couple of tracks before I've drifted away. No disturbing background noises from traffic or my partner snoring reach my ears as they're effectively blocked out by the music. The soothing music sends me sleep quickly and easily and does not disturb my partner at all. I wake up after my full eight hours mostly feeling refreshed and rejuvenated (and ungarrotted by headphone wires).
~~~ WHAT'S NOT SO GOOD? ~~~
Sadly this pillow cannot be washed, only spot cleaned. Therefore over a period of time it's going to get a little stained and marked. Sorry to be graphic, but my four year pillow is rather unsightly to look at, with some unpleasant large yellow stains from where I have sweated into it over years of slumbering. A spot clean is never going to lift some of those larger stubborn yellow patches.
The pillow was nice and soft when I received it, but 1,400 nights use have rather taken their toll, and the pillow has lost much of its bounce. It's started to go rather flat and squashed and refuses any attempts to fluff it up. It's had a good innings and served me well, but I think my pillow needs to be replaced anytime soon. Four years seems to be the maximum shelf life for this product in my opinion.
Added to which the flatness of the filling makes the speaker inside more discernible when you are lying on it. Until earlier this year, I could not feel the speaker at all inside my pillow. However, as my pillow is definitely starting to loose its oomph and becoming much flatter, I've noticed that I can feel the speaker at times. It's not a massive problem as I just move my head to a different part of the pillow where it's softer and the speaker is not touching my ear. That said, despite the pillow losing its fluffiness, the speaker inside continues to play as well as ever.
The volume does need to kept to a minimum otherwise you may get a good night's sleep but your partner won't! There's nothing worse than listening to the tinny beat of someone else's iPod on a train or bus, and that's what your sleeping partner will have to contend with if you don't keep that volume down.
~~~ RECOMMENDATION? ~~~
After four years constant usage, my pillow has been an excellent investment and I thoroughly recommend it. It's ideal for any music lover, those that have difficulty sleeping or those that need to block out outside distractions or noises.
My pillow has been used almost every night for the last four years, and it's lulled me to sleep quickly and easily almost without exception. On the odd night when I have woken up in the small wee hours, it's great to start the music up again as it soon sends me back off to Sleepyland.
Although my pillow is definitely on its way out in terms of plumpness and cleanliness, I consider four years service to be excellent value and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product. Four stars from me (with one star lost as it's not a washable product).
~~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~~
The Sound Asleep Pillow currently retails for £15.00 (plus £5 postage and packing) and it's made by a company called Sleep Limited. You can view this pillow as well as several others in their range at www.soundasleep.co.uk. As well as the Sound Asleep Pillow, they do a Kids Speaker Pillow, a Travel Speaker Pillow and a Memory Foam Speaker Pillow. They have also extended their range to sell Slankets with built in speakers (an all in one blanket with sleeves and a hood) and a Headboard with built in speakers.
However, you can also buy this pillow at various other online retailers such as Amazon, Tesco, I-Want-One-Of-Those or Pressie Box to name but a few. The price on Amazon is £15.64 with free postage and packing (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soundasleep-266888-Sound- Asleep -Pillow/dp/B000XS42RQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1 330164904&sr=8-1), so currently this is a better option than purchasing it direct from Sleep Limited.
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~~~ THE TECHNICAL BIT AND GENERAL WARNINGS ~~~
* The speaker is built inside the pillow
* Connects to various music sources such as iPods, MP3 players or CD players
* Compatible with most radios and some TVs
* Unobtrusive as you control the volume so as not to disturb anyone else
* A well padded hollow fibre filling (100% Polyester) for extra neck and head support
* The wire can be removed for tidiness and/or safety when not in use
* A standard UK pillow size - 74cm x 48cm (19" x 29")
* The enclosed lead is approximately 120cm with a 3.5mm stereo plug
* The pillow cover is 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester
* Not washable - the pillow can only be spot cleaned
* Can help people who suffer from Tinnitus by creating distracting background noise
The pillow is not recommended for use by children under 5 due to risk of strangulation. For safety reasons, your chosen music/sound device should be placed on the floor or a bedside unit next to the bed, and not in the bed with you. You are also recommended to detach the cable from the pillow when not in use (though this is not something I do very often).
Summary: A comfy pillow with an inbuilt speaker so your favourite tunes can lull you to the land of nod