Night itemsa “digital therapy system” that works in conjunction with Apple Inc.it is AAPL smart watch and iPhonehelps veterans and active military members who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, cope with nightmares and get a good night’s sleep.
What happened: It is available by prescription and is the first and only digital therapeutic treatment developed specifically to treat nightmares that has received FDA approval.
NightWare uses information from the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope to detect a nightmare. If it detects that a person is having a nightmare, the platform sends haptic feedback, generating gentle pulses on the user’s wrist to intelligently disrupt the nightmare without affecting their sleep.
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Apple has shared the story of Robert Guithues, an Army veteran who served for over two decades and who suffers from PTSD. He used to wake up at night thinking he was back in the burning oil fields outside Baghdad, but that all changed when he started using NightWare.
“Some of the most horrible shows I’ve ever seen kept playing over and over, but when I started using NightWare, they stopped,” Guithues said.
Why it matters: NightWare is prescribed to 400 patients in the United States so far, 98% of whom are active-duty military or veterans, according to AppleInsider.
According to a peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, participants who used NightWare 50% of the time had significantly better independent sleep than their counterparts.
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