09.04.2017

Thync review | Using neurostimulation to improve sleep & mood

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.

Thync review | Using neurostimulation for better sleep & mood | Fed Up with Fatigue

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!

Comments

  1. Jean Price says:

    Just wondering why they don’t have this in a “self-contained” unit! Without needing a phone app. But then, I haven’t entered the 21st century yet…so that’s probably my bigger issue here! I do have someone in mind that I’d like to tell about this, yet they already know they would not be comfortable with this either….for a couple of reasons. The mind is truly amazing and not yet not well understood by the medical field…or by the average person! I’m glad it can help some people though!

  2. Katie Murphy says:

    Sounds intriguing, as someone one on another insomnia /severe pain cycle, I’d certainly give it a go. Unfortunately, I’m an Expat living in the Uk and I’d guess this would be unavailable for me. Life sucks and yet you go on.

  3. StevefromMA says:

    Extensive testing of Thync did not work for my fibro or for sophisticated doctor friend. We tried everything. I don’t know who this stuff works for.

  4. This is a bit off topic, but I was just wondering if anyone has tryed Salt Room Therapy? I have just tried it and have now done 5 treatments and I am sleeping better than I have in years. I feel so much better and have more energy. It is simply a spa room that is covered in sea salt and then pulverized salt is pumped into the room. It feels amazing and I am breathing better. It is not even very expensive to do. If you can find it in your area, I highly recommend it. I was taking 8 to 12 ibuprofen daily and gaba and 5htp for sleep and mood. I haven’t needed any of it.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      Hi Tea, I have one of those that just opened in my area, and I have it on my to-do list to make an appointment. I wasn’t really sure how it related to my treatment for fibro/Lyme, but your comment gives me more incentive to try it! I could really use some better sleep!

    • Lisa Radelet says:

      Tea, how often do you go? Is it a once a week kind of thing?

      • Lisa, I have been taking advantage of a special offer that was $65.00 for as many treatments you wanted for 8 days. So the first day I went twice, then daily for 3 more days, then I didn’t go for 3 days, then again I have been going once a day for 3 more days. I may go for a second special rate, but I don’t think you need to go that often. I would suggest at first to go as often as you can but really after the first day, I had major relief. My breathing was so much better and my skin rashes cleared up. I sleep like a baby, and wake up more refreshed. My pain has been reduced as well. I was really surprised that it had that much overall effect. My husband has been going as well and he seems to sleep better as well with less snoring. I think you could probably go once a week or as needed if it helped you. It is very worthy in cold/flu season.

    • In Mccool says:

      There is a salt therapy machine ,I bought one for my husband for COPD it costs about £130 he uses it in the bed room at night it has a very low noise which you quickly get used to.The filters need replacing about every 3\4 months.They can be bought on Amazon.Perhaps it would help.It is called Salin plus.

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