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Neurotechnology

Approach

If you find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep, there’s a good chance your brain is running at an over-active pace 24/7. This might be related to your work, your love for information, or the fast pace of life itself. At Drowzee, we develop solutions to help you stay highly activated during daytime and learn how to ‘shut off’ when you need it the most.

Previously only available to researchers and clinics, electroencephalography (EEG) Neurofeedback – the technology enabling Pendulum, is now available to you in your own home. Welcome to the future!

 

Underlying research

EEG neurofeedback is a form of neurostimulation based on the principle of operant conditioning. According to this principle, a behavior that is followed by pleasant consequences is likely to be reinforced and repeated. Through constant reinforcement, that behaviour is modulated and becomes a habit.

With Neurofeedback, you can learn to modulate your own brain activity and rebalance your brain’s over-active pace.

 

Neurofeedback for insomnia

Neurofeedback has been used by researchers to modulate the brain activity of insomnia sufferers and train them to gain better sleep.

The first studies using neurofeedback for sleep improvement date back to the 70s. Pioneers in this field were Sterman (1977) and Hauri (1982) who trained insomniacs to produce a brain activity pattern known as the sensorimotor rhythm. With this training, test subjects experienced a reduction in insomnia symptoms.
In 2008, Kerstin Hoedlmoser and her research group ran a nap study using Neurofeedback. They found that study participants were able to fall asleep 10 minutes faster and displayed an increased number of sleep spindles, indicating sleep quality improvement.
Similar conclusions were drawn in a later study investigating nocturnal sleep (Cortoos et al., 2010). This study showed that performing Neurofeedback led to decreased time to fall asleep (11 minutes) and reduced duration of wake-ups after falling asleep by 40 minutes.

With Pendulum, Drowzee is bringing Neurofeedback outside research labs to make it available in the comfort of your own home.

 

 

Applied science

Pendulum transforms brain activity into real-time feedback to help you gain control over your ability to fall and stay asleep.

Pendulum uses electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to read your brainwaves. When wearing our EEG headset, your brainwave patterns are quantified as mental states.

Information about your mental states is processed by our algorithm which has been trained to recognize the mental state associated with sleepiness in healthy subjects. As your mind gets closer to this state, you will hear a calming audio sound, which helps you to stay there and reinforce the mental processes involved in high quality sleep.

Pendulum is used during day-time, preferably in the evenings. With practice, you will learn how to produce a sleepy mental state automatically and strengthen your natural ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. 

We are determined to help you sleep well at night, so that you can be the best version of you during the day.