3. Wearable device may improve sleep, reduce PTSD risk
A wearable device developed by Arizona-based research firm Brain State Technologies could help improve sleep and thereby lower the risk of developing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suggests new research.
Recent studies show that sleep disturbance is not only a negative outcome from PTSD; it may also contribute to its onset. Collaborating with researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, the Brain State team produced an analysis showing that sleep improvement may be a strategic approach to reducing the number of new-onset cases of PTSD in service members who will be deployed to combat zones. Neither counseling nor medication treatments tend to be highly effective for helping people overcomes PTSD-related sleep problems. So the company developed a wearable technology intended for exactly this purpose, partially supported by an award from the US Army Research Office. The technology improves sleep by helping the brain relax and rebalance itself.