WSU researchers in US to test new sleep sensor for insomnia

25 January 2018 (Last Updated January 25th, 2018 09:01)

Researchers from the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University (WSU) have partnered with the University of Washington in the US to test a new sleep measurement technology for chronic insomnia.

Researchers from the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University (WSU) have partnered with the University of Washington in the US to test a new sleep measurement technology for chronic insomnia.

The three-year project will evaluate the effectiveness of the new S+ non-contact sensor designed to measure timing, quantity and quality of sleep.

S+ features an in-built sleep coaching functionality called S+ Mentor that uses an app on the connected mobile or tablet to send sleep scores and charts to users.

The function also provides individualised suggestions to improve sleep. The sleep tracking technology has been previously validated in healthy people and those with obstructive sleep apnea.

Study principal investigator Devon Grant said: “We will investigate to what extent this technology can accurately measure insomniacs’ sleep patterns over days and weeks and provide tailored improvements in their sleep.

“This could help expand cost-effective therapy options available to this undertreated population.”

“This could help expand cost-effective therapy options available to this undertreated population.”

The two-month monitoring study will enrol 90 adults suffering from chronic insomnia and 30 healthy sleepers in the Spokane and Seattle regions of the country.

One set of participants will be monitored with the new technology, while others will be subjected to sleep monitoring along with participation in an online cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) programme or sleep coaching through the technology’s mentoring feature.

The study will analyse S+ technology’s ability to accurately measure sleep and will determine if the efficacy of its coaching functionality for treating chronic insomnia is at least similar to that of the online CBT-I.