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New Hope for the Sleepless: RealSleep Uses Sound To Help Troubled Sleepers Go To Sleep Faster and Stay Asleep Longer
Date:5/18/2010

ctronic musician Lance Massey, it uses nearly-inaudible sounds embedded in music to help people of all ages go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.

"RealSleep works where other products don't because it uses a completely natural approach to sleep," said Horowitz. "It triggers the the motion-induced sleepiness that babies experience while being rocked and that most people feel while riding as a passenger in a car or train. The result is a sleep that's natural, easy, restful, and refreshing."

The technology behind RealSleep is based on Horowitz' years of work in hearing, balance and sleep research funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, The Deafness Foundation, and NASA. In the process he came to realize that two sensory systems play major roles in determining sleep cycles: the vestibular system, which not only controls balance but also substantially affects sleep and arousal; and the auditory system, which remains active even in sleep and is the sense that has the most impact under sleep and near-sleep conditions.

To create RealSleep, Horowitz and Massey devised computer algorithms that embed sounds that harness the natural processes of the vestibular and auditory systems into music. The music is what a listener hears, but it's the sounds added to the music by the algorithms that create the motion-induced sleepiness effect.

"This is the next generation of sleep aids," said Horowitz.

In an ad hoc clinical trial, conducted among children and adult patients with active sleeping problems, 77% of people between ages 1 and 62 who used the product went to sleep faster and stayed asleep longer.

A double-blind study is currently underway at Oregon State University, in which participants at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center will be monitored by machines that will measure their brain waves, heart rate, stress hormones, saliva, and the neuro
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