I was given a Thync device as part of this product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Thync review remain my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company.
I am not someone who always has to have the latest cell phone or smartwatch, but I do admit I have a fascination for gadgets that promote better health. I really like the idea of easy-to-use tools that are drug free without side effects. That’s why I was excited to have the opportunity to try out Thync Relax Pro, a device that uses neurostimulation to promote deeper sleep and a calmer mood.
Like most of you, fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme have really messed up my sleep quality and affected my day-to-day mood. Although my sleep is much better now than it has been in years past, restorative sleep is still out of my reach. When you feel like crud most of the time, it’s really easy to sink into a mental funk.
Thync Relax Pro addresses both sleep and mood. According to Thync’s website, “Thync Relax Pro uses safe, low level electrical stimulation to activate specific nerve pathways on the head and neck. These pathways communicate with areas in the brain that help control stress levels, mood and sleep quality. Thync Relax Pro delivers carefully constructed stimulation patterns that tap into your body’s own mechanisms to relax, improve mood and sleep better.”
For those who are interested in the technical details of how Thync works, you can read more about the science behind the device here.
The Thync kit comes with a triangular-shaped, champagne-colored pod that looks like something you might see on a Star Trek uniform. A thin, black plastic connector with two sticky pads snaps onto the back of the pod. The quick start guide is pretty straight forward, relying on mostly pictures to guide users through the initial set up.
After receiving my device, I downloaded the Thync app and followed the instructions for pairing it with my iPhone. I soon became very frustrated because I couldn’t get the device to stay connected to the app. After trying and failing several times to get a stable connection, I was able to speak with a representative from the company who helped me to troubleshoot the problem.
I realized within 5 minutes of being on the phone with this representative that I was the reason it wouldn’t connect to the app. When I had set up the device, I had somehow only connected one sticky pad to the pod. The bottom sticky pad was missing, keeping the pod from connecting to the app. The representative was great at helping me to figure out my mistake, and even mailed me some extra sticky pads since I’d used up a couple of mine trying to get the device to work. Since connecting the second pad, I haven’t had any other problems having the pod pair with the app.
To use the device, you push the power button on the pod, allow it to connect with the phone app, snap the connector and sticky pads to the back of the pod and then place the pod on the back of the neck. From there, you can choose from two neurostimulation programs: deep sleep or deep relaxation.
When the device is on, it causes a slight tingle or vibration on the neck. The goal is to adjust the intensity to a level where the tingling is there but barely noticeable. The Thync app recommends using the deep sleep program for at least 15 minutes before bedtime and the deep relax program any time you feel stressed or anxious or just need a pick-me-up.
Over the next few weeks, I used both of Thync’s neurostimulation programs. I do notice Thync helps me to feel calmer and more centered. Sadly, I did not notice any improvement in my sleep quality. For that reason, I’ve gravitated toward using Thync during my meditation practice versus before bedtime.
There’s only one thing that sort of bothered me about the device and may be an issue for others in the chronic illness community. Thync has to be used while standing or sitting. I wish I could lie down while using it. Other than that, I didn’t have any issues with the product.
I think Thync is worth a try, particularly for those who are struggling with anxiety, low mood or high stress levels. At the time of this Thync review, the company is offering a 30-day trial with a money-back guarantee for $49, as well as other purchasing options. Click here to learn more about Thync and how it works!