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Research Collaboration Develops Wearable Sleep Device to Reduce PTSD

Posted on August 29, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A significant symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is sleep disturbance or insomnia. While military researchers have identified this as a byproduct of PTSD, research also shows that it may be a precursor to developing the condition.

Several research facilities, in partnership with the U.S. Military, presented the results of their collaborative study at the Military Health System Research Symposium earlier this month. Their research focused on preventing sleep-related PTSD risk from escalating to PTSD development.

Researchers reviewed a 2013 Sleep study on military servicemembers deployed to Iraq post-9/11. Their assessment found combat personnel who suffered pre-deployment insomnia had a higher risk of developing the disorder after deployment.

The team used the BRAINtellect 2 wearable sleep device to develop estimates of how severely different insomnia symptoms raised the risk of development.

The BRAINtellect 2 data revealed sleep disturbance causes the highest risk of developing the disorder among all symptoms of insomnia. When used as a therapy, the device emits sounds that help the brain calm disturbed brain waves and relax and reorganize itself.

Brain State Technologies, the developers of the wearable unit, claim that doctors can use the BRAINtellect 2 as a preventative therapy to reduce the risk of — and possibly even treat — PTSD in military personnel and other high-risk groups.

PTSD Can Cause Mental and Physical Disability in Veterans

Approximately 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans developed PTSD due to their military service. The Department of Veterans Affairs considers conditions connected to your service as part of your disability rating for determining veterans’ disability benefit eligibility.

Sometimes receiving a correct disability rating can seem impossible. The Disability Help Group assists veterans with providing evidence of a service-connected disability, as well as collecting the benefits to which they are entitled.

Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates today.