Numerous people suffer from sleep problems which leave them feeling tired throughout the day. To promote better sleep, some use products which emit white noise to help create a more peaceful environment. Now, new research indicates that we may be better off switching out these devices for machines that replicate our brain activity during sleep.
Mimicking Brain Patterns
Research out of the University of Tubingen in Germany indicates that we may be able to record our brain rhythms during sleep and playing them back when we want to feel drowsy. Appearing in the journal Neuron, the study involved 11 subjects, who allowed researchers to copy their brains’ electrical patterns during sleep. Afterward, the researchers replayed the patterns for the subjects to see if they might sleep more soundly. In the end, they found that all of the subjects fell asleep much more quickly; they also enjoyed better memory retention, thanks to fewer disturbances and greater levels of REM sleep.
According to the team of researchers who conducted this study, this new potential remedy for insomnia could be especially attractive, since it seems to offer a safe solution for sleeping difficulties. In fact, they predicted that companies would soon begin marketing devices that replicate their study to create a new generation of safe, effective sleep aids.
What if You Have Sleep Apnea
Futuristic sleep aids may hold big promise for traditional insomniacs; however, they won;t bring relief to the millions of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Because it causes breathing difficulties which awaken sleepers during the night, this serious disorder demands a targeted treatment which creates a clear airway.
If you suffer from OSA, don’t expect to get help from machines, mattresses, pillows, pills or any product which claims to promote drowsiness. Instead, please call (303) 691-0267 at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado, to find out how a simple oral sleep appliance can give you permanent relief from OSA.