Countless people endure sleep difficulties that leave them drowsy and fatigued during the day. To sleep better, many rely on white noise machines to provide steady, peaceful rhythms that help lull them into slumber. Now, a new study suggests that we may be better off replacing these contraptions with devices that mimic our brains when they are most sleepy.
A study out of the University of Tubingen in Germany suggests that we can promote better sleep by listening to our own brains. Published in the journal Neuron, the research focused on recording the sleeping brain’s natural electrical patterns and then replaying them to promote drowsiness. After testing the strategy on 11 sleepers, the researchers noted that each fell asleep much more quickly. Additionally, they showed better memory retention, thanks to deeper sleep and fewer disturbances.
According to the study’s researchers, this fascinating strategy for treating insomnia is especially attractive, because it appears to come without any harmful side-effects. In fact, they say their findings are so convincing, they expect product manufacturers to begin developing devices based on their research in the near future.
Good News for Sleep Apneics?
While traditional insomniacs may benefit from new, futuristic sleep aids; sleep apneics enjoy no such luck. Since it causes breathing problems that lead to frequent waking, this dangerous disorder requires a treatment that addresses the root cause of the problem. Unfortunately, any other so-called remedy is unlikely to make much of an impact.
A Practical Approach
If you have sleep apnea, don’t expect to find relief from pills, machines, pillows, mattresses or anything else that supposedly promotes drowsiness. Instead, contact Dr. Roubal to learn how an oral appliance can cure your sleep apnea by providing a clear airway; so you can breathe and sleep well each and every night.