1. The First Use of Somnox

The most important steps you should follow to use Somnox for the first time

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Written by Team Somnox
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When you have worrying thoughts or tend to stress easily over things, you can lose control of your breathing. This shallow breathing at a high rate negatively influences your stress levels. In contrast, slow and deep breathing can positively influence the relaxation of the body and mind, making it easier for you to fall asleep.

Somnox guides you toward slow breathing. By feeling Somnox’s breathing movements, you will (unconsciously) adapt your own breathing rate to the decreasing breathing rate of the robot. Slowing down your breathing rate will help you relax more easily.

In addition, Somnox can be an external point of focus for your thoughts. Your mind will shift away from the things that keep you awake at night.

Somnox can play soothing music, nature sounds, or soft white noise. These sounds can enhance the calming effect of Somnox.

Improving your sleep takes time. Allow yourself some time to get used to Somnox.

In this article, we explain the following topics:

  1. What's in the Somnox package?

  2. Instructions for the first use of Somnox

  3. What's next?/User manual

1. What's in the Somnox package?

What's inside the Somnox 2 package?

  • Somnox 2

  • User manual

  • Charger adapter

  • Charger plug (EU, UK, US)

  • USB-C cable

2. Instructions for the first use of Somnox

When you open the package, you will find three first basic steps to using Somnox and a quick-start guide.

⚠️ The video below indicates that volume can be adjusted by tapping briefly on the plus or minus button. As of software version 4.0.0, volume can be adjusted by holding down one of the two buttons instead of tapping on them.

Step 1: Turn on Somnox

Press the large button in the center of the control panel to turn on Somnox (see figure below).

Step 2: Feel breathing movements and hear calming sounds

After Somnox is turned on, place your hand on Somnox as indicated in the figure below. Feel the breathing movements and hear the calming sounds.

Step 3: Download the Somnox app to set your preferences

You can change the breathing rate of Somnox and select calming sounds in the Somnox app.

The Somnox app is available for iOS and Android phones or tablets. You can download the Somnox app via:

3. What's next?/User manual

Turning Somnox on and off

Press the large round power button in the center of the control panel to turn Somnox on. Once Somnox is turned on, the status light will shortly light up white (see figure below). The breathing movements of Somnox will commence. You do not need the mobile app to turn Somnox on.

Press the large round power button again to turn Somnox off. If you experience Somnox turning off without pressing this button, it means that the breathing program you selected has ended. The maximum duration of a breathing program is 120 minutes. You can change the breathing program duration via the Somnox app. Read more about setting a breathing program here.

Charging and battery indicator

To charge Somnox, you need to connect it to the USB-C charger. Make sure the USB-C charger is inserted correctly into the charging port. The battery-indicator lights will turn on when Somnox is charging. After approximately five hours, the battery is fully charged. All three battery indicator lights on the control panel will light up. Read more about charging Somnox 2 here.

Selecting sounds and setting audio volume

If you turn on Somnox for the first time, you will hear a calming sound. With the Somnox app, you can select other calming sounds or turn the audio off. Read more about setting and selecting sounds here.

With the volume buttons on the control panel, you can change the audio volume (see figure below). Pressing the minus button lowers the volume. Pressing the plus button increases the volume.

Somnox app and breathing settings

If you turn on Somnox for the first time, the breathing rate will be 12 breaths per minute. If you feel like this is too fast or too slow, you can change the breathing rate with the Somnox app. You can also choose automatic detection of your own breathing rate by turning on Somnox Sense. Read more about breathing settings here.

You can also select or create breathing exercises. With these exercises, you can calm yourself or make yourself more energized and alert. You can do these exercises at any time of the day. For information on breathing exercises, click here.

Adjust breathing tempo with the plus- and minus buttons

You can directly adjust the breathing tempo of Somnox by tapping once or multiple times on the plus or minus buttons. Use the plus button to make Somnox breathe faster. Use the minus button to make Somnox breathe slower. Click on the button below to learn more about this feature.


Do you need more help? You can read a thorough explanation of the steps in the user manual. Click on the button below to read the full user manual.

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