Insomnia is a disorder where people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood.
Between 10% and 30% of adults have the disorder at any given point in time and up to half of people have insomnia in a given year. People over the age of 65 are affected more often than younger people. Females are more often affected than males.
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If you are on the wrong side of these statistics, an outfit called 2breathe wants to help. The idea is fairly simple.
Strap on the tracking module around your waist as you are getting ready to go to bed. The device will then track the rhythm of your breath and transform this, in real time, into guiding tones that gradually guide you to prolonged exhalation.
As your breathing slows, you should drift into a peaceful sleep. The device recognizes that you are no longer awake, it continues to play the guiding tones for another 10 minutes and then shuts off automatically. A detailed session report shows users the number of breaths taken, how well they followed the tones and when they fell asleep.
2breathe is the winner of the 2017 CES Innovation Award.
“We are incredibly honored to be selected for this prestigious award,” said Erez Gavish, 2breathe Technologies’ co-founder and CEO.
“Recognition by the Consumer Technology Association also further validates the importance of addressing sleeplessness as part the next biotech and fitness frontier.”
The idea came about while the company was working on another product. RESPerate is the world’s only FDA-cleared non-drug hypertension treatment device. Its creators noticed that about 90% of its users also reported an improvement in sleep – hence the Sleep Aid was born.
Can’t sleep? You’re in luck. The product is already available for purchase on Amazon.