A recently published study conducted at Columbia University Medical Center shows statistically significant results with a new product, the Dreampad, which may help reduce nighttime awakenings, the most frequently reported symptom of stress related sleep difficulties.
A Columbia University randomized, controlled study of 29 adults with light sleep difficulties compared three sleep interventions: the Dreampad™ pillow with music technology, an audio breathing program called iRest™, and sleep hygiene (sleep improvement behavior such as reducing food, alcohol and screen time before bed).
The most statistically significant result of the study was the reduction in night time awakenings experienced by Dreampad users. Waking during the night is the number one symptom reported by those with stress related sleep problems as well as the number one problem reported by the study participants.
The Dreampad pillow is a patented method for playing music through bone conduction technology.
The method differs from music played through speakers in that the vibration travels internally, i.e. through the body, rather than through air waves. Preliminary research suggests that the Dreampad music physiologically triggers the body’s relaxation response. An added benefit of the product is that the music is audible only to the user; others in the room cannot hear it.
Dreampad developer and company CEO, Randall Redfield, commented, “We are flattered to have been included in this study. For years, we have received feedback from clinicians and from parents on the efficacy of the Dreampad; it’s great to see those results supported now by a controlled, randomized study.”
The study was published in OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, a peer-reviewed Occupational Therapy journal. More research on the Dreampad, including studies examining results of the Dreampad with PTSD and autism, as well as on the autonomic nervous system, may be found at http://www.dreampadsleep.com/research.