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“SleepLoop” a new technology developed by Swiss scientists can help improve Deep Sleep

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A technology developed by a Swiss research and development firm can assist induce and improving sleep quality.

The new technology is the result of a meticulous study conducted by a team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

The tool is successful, according to the initial clinical research, but not for everyone.

Sleep quality deteriorates as people age, and deep sleep is disrupted.

Swiss researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) undertook a clinical experiment to evaluate a novel gadget to improve this particular sleep phase known as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.

The gadget termed “SleepLoop,” is a portable device that emits noises to the ears (through headphones) during the deep sleep period.

The gadget consists of a headband with electrodes and a microchip that continually monitors the brain activity of a sleeping individual.

Thanks to the microchip, the data obtained is processed in real-time and autonomously using custom-made software.

The device emits a little auditory signal, which is characterized by a small “click,” as soon as the sleeper exhibits slow waves (evidence of deep slumber).

The body may synchronize the neural cells and magnify the influence of the slow waves when it hears this sound. Of course, the SleepLoop headphones are built such that the person wearing them is not woken by these sounds!

The SleepLoop was worn directly at home by 16 individuals aged 60 to 80 in the initial phase.

For a total of four weeks, the participants wore the gadget every night. The subjects were only given auditory stimulation once a night for 14 days, and they had no idea when it would happen.

The findings, which were published in the journal Communications Medicine, are positive. “It was a huge success. “We experienced very minimal data loss, and the participants found the gadget to be simple to use,” says research leader Caroline Lustenberger.

However, while the experiment was successful in terms of familiarizing them with the item, not all of the participants responded to the acoustic stimulus in the same way. “Some persons responded well to the stimuli and had much better slow waves, whereas others did not respond at all,” Caroline Lustenberger says.

As a result, the researchers will utilize this information to improve SleepLoop’s effectiveness so that it can assist as many individuals as possible.

 

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