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A mask that gives you a head massage before sleep? Yep, we’re sold…
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty obsessed with my sleep. I’m a solid eight-hour-a-night girl, swearing by my sunrise alarm clock, and whether it’s aromatherapy oils, sleep meditation, or beauty sleep products, if it promises to boost my shut-eye, I’ve probably tried it.
As a health editor who runs marathons for fun (next stop: Chicago in three weeks—eek), I know how important sleep is to muscle recovery, energy levels, and overall stress management. Yep, I’m pretty hot on it (and never without my lavender sleep spray).
So you can imagine my excitement when I heard that massage gun gods Therabody launched a mysterious new sleep product that promised to relieve most sleep disorders. After launching their Theraface facial massager earlier this year, they’ve moved into the world of sleep, calling the mask a “revolutionary, first-of-its-kind facial.”
Keep scrolling for my honest Therabody SmartGoggles review (plus if they’re actually worth your £££).
Therabody SmartGoggles – £174
Smart wearable for sleep, focus and stress.
Therabody SmartGoggles review: “They’re exciting, no doubt about it”
First up: some background for you. You’ll know the brand as one of the leading designers of massage guns, launched by chiropractor Dr Jason Wersland in 2016. They’ve gained a cult-like following ever since, with everyone from elite athletes to pro footballers, to us normal parties at home swearing by them to ease lag muscle soreness and make exercise recovery a little easier.
Gone are the days when you have to spend hundreds on massages every two weeks – now you can invest in a Theragun and get the job done while you watch Bake Off. They are easy to use, comfortable and generally appealing (although of course, if you train at a high level, it is advisable to get a massage as and when you can).
This fall they are releasing a brand new line of products that they have been working on for years – one of them being the SmartGoggles.
What are SmartGoggles?
According to the brand, they are essentially a sleep mask that combines a biometric heart rate sensor (a sensor that mirrors your own heart rate) with vibration, heat and massage.
The benefits? The mask promises to:
- Relieve headaches
- Light facial and temple tension
- Encourage relaxation
- Optimize sleep.
They also have different settings – this is not a one-trick pony. During the day, if you need a boost of concentration, they are said to relieve facial tension, while before bed, they will relax you enough to help you ease into a restful sleep.
As Wersland explains when I meet him in Shoreditch to discuss the new launches, well-being has always been at the heart of what Therabody does (he loves to tell stories about easing strangers’ pain with the personal Theragun he carries around, discussing massages by a receptionist with a back strain earlier that day).
Their USP? They use the expertise of Wersland’s engineers, doctors and scientists to create everyday products that absolutely everyone can use.
How do SmartGoggles feel?
When I get my hands on them for the first time for this Therabody SmartGoggles review, they strike me as rather – ahem – the space age. They are substantial and look more like a VR headset than your standard silk eye mask. That said, they boast an awful lot of technology and will naturally be a bit thicker.
They feel soft on my face and are comfortable enough, plus the headband keeps the mask in place without squeezing your head too tightly.
How do SmartGoggles work?
So how do they actually work? Good question. You will notice a small sensor on the right side that sits on your cheek and looks like a SIM card. This mimics your heart rhythm, which probably leads to a slower heart rate and a more relaxed state.
Are they easy to use? Easy enough. Navigating the buttons is intuitive – there’s an on button and there are three clear settings on the right side, indicated by a brain (focus on the day), sun (daytime relaxation) and moon (sleep relaxation).
I’m surprised when I flick to sleep and put the glasses on. The pressure is higher than I expected, and I can only liken it to the tight arm squeeze you feel when you have your blood pressure monitored. That said, you can change the settings to make it easier if it’s too intense for you.
They’re also pretty loud—a soft buzzing in my ears isn’t what I’m used to before bed—but the brand encourages you to use it with the app to play sleep meditations in your ear at the same time. Once I set this up, I barely notice the sound.
The question on everyone’s lips: are you actually intended to sleep in them? Wersland is vague in his response when I ask, sharing that the cycle will automatically stop after 15 minutes (he uses them right before sleep and then takes them off). I found them a bit constricting to slide off completely so took them off and placed them on my bedside table before nodding off.
So, what was my honest Therabody SmartGoggles review?
They are exciting, no doubt about it – but did I actually sleep better? I’m not sure. Even though I felt relaxed, it still took me 20 minutes or so to drift off, and I felt like normal when I woke up the next day. That said, I like that while they’re on, I physically can’t do anything but sit and wind down (no TikTok scrolling for me), which means my bedtime routine is much more sleep-friendly and my relaxation time. is enforced.
While the intense squeeze and release around my temples was a new sensation at first, I found the heat soothing and the massage element helped me relax after a busy day of screen time.
Have I used them since then? Yes, I have – they’ve actually become a staple in my bedtime routine because they’re easy to leave by the bed and pop on after a bit of reading. I am also very I’m excited to pack them for my upcoming flight to Chicago to alleviate in-flight insomnia.
I’m not super techy but found them easy to use, plus they charge super fast too, meaning you’ll never get caught out. Sold? Pretty much.