Technology Wearable device trains insomniacs to fall asleep

Wearable device trains insomniacs to fall asleep

A revolutionary wearable tracking device that re-trains insomniacs to get a better night’s sleep at home has been developed by a Flinders University scientist.

The new device, called Thim, helps people learn to fall into a longer, deeper sleep pattern. Invented by renowned sleep psychologist Emeritus Professor Leon Lack, the device is worn on a person’s finger and connects wirelessly to a smart phone app to determine when the person is awake or asleep.

Just as the person dozes off, the Thim device gently wakes them in this initial lightest sleep stage by vibrating and repeats the process each time the person dozes off again. Professor Lack said research showed that creating a situation where people repeatedly dozed off helps the body learn to fall asleep again faster, while also increasing sleep duration by an hour.

“The development of Thim is based on 10 years of university research which has shown a better and drug-free way of improving sleep. For the first time, Thim allows our research to be translated into the home environment,” said Professor Lack.

Professor Lack hopes to have the device on the market in 2017 through a joint venture with a US company.

Read more about the Thim project [Story credit: Flinders University News]