Could a Wearable ‘Visor’ Reduce The Risk Of PTSD?

Image Source: Brain State Technologies

Image Source: Brain State Technologies

Sleep disturbances have long been associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and recent research suggests it may even play a role in the development of PTSD. With this in mind, a group of researchers from Brain State Technologies has set out to develop a tool they believe could reduce the risk of PTSD in individuals by targeting sleep problems.

Data presented this week and published in the journal Sleep suggests the wearable sleep optimization device they have created may be an effective defense against PTSD.

To develop the device, Brain State Technologies collaborated with researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine to evaluate data collected from a large number of military service members deployed to the war in Iraq. According to the report, the team found that the risk for PTSD associated with insomnia was almost as strong as the risk from exposure to combat.

Based on these findings, the team developed a wearable device called BRAINtellect 2, which sits on the top of the head and reads brain rhythms using sensors built into the device. These brainwaves are then translated into rhythmic sounds which are played through earbuds. These sounds and rhythms help balance circadian rhythms and reduce sleep disturbances.

“We are very excited about presenting this analysis to military health researchers, because prevention efforts tend to get too little attention. We think that focus on sleep quality could reduce PTSD not only in the military, but also in police, medical first-responders, and others who have high exposure to trauma,” said Brain State CEO Lee Gerdes in the statement.

The research and development of the BRAINtellect 2 were partially supported by an award from the U.S. Army Research Office.

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