Wearable medical device Braintellect 2 can help prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military members, Heavy reports.
PTSD is a very common disorder amongst veterans. It can be difficult to treat and there are not many prevention methods.
Scientists hope that Braintellect will make a huge difference in prevention and treatment by improving sleep quality.
Below are 5 facts to know:
- Sleep quality and severity of PTSD are directly related.
Insufficient sleep is the most common side effect of PTSD. This poor quality of sleep is often due to bad dreams. Research shows that lack of sleep often worsens the condition, making this a very difficult cycle to break.
- Braintellect is designed to improve sleep quality for those with PTSD.
Braintellect, a headband-esque device, was designed by Brain State Technologies in Scotsdale, Ariz. and has shown promising signs of improving sleep quality.
The device connects to your smartphone and plays soothing pitch tones, which a wearer can alter via Blue Tooth connection. This music keeps bad dreams at bay by helping the wearing enter REM cycles.
- Braintellect should reduce new cases of PTSD, research shows.
Research shows that military members exhibiting signs of insomnia prior to deployment “were significantly associated with higher odds of developing PTSD.
Since Braintellect’s main objective is to decrease the amount of new cases in PTSD, knowing the significance of sleep quality and helping military members achieve good sleep is profound.
- The device may also improve PTSD treatment.
“The relationships between sleep problems and post-traumatic stress is highly intimate, probably even at the level of individual neurons,” says Brain State’s director, Dr. Sung Lee.
Research shows Braintellect could help treating PTSD by improving sleep quality. Braintellect could also reduce the need for medications.
- The military, police, and others exposed to high trauma are the main marketing target audiences
“We think the focus on sleep quality could reduce PTSD not only in the military, but also in the police, medical first-responders, and others who have high exposure to trauma,” Brain State CEO Lee Gerdes said.
The Braintellect 2 costs about $1,200 each. The cost of treating PTSD is considerably more expensive.