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This past weekend I was given the opportunity to try out the Dreampad pillow. The Dreampad is a pillow that plays music that is only audible to the person lying on it. It uses a unique method called Inrasound Technology. According to their website, here’s how it works:
Intrasound Technology™ replicates this natural process by using electromechanical transducers to convert the electrical signals of the music into vibrations. The vibrations are carried by bone to the area surrounding the inner ear, which plays a key role in our hearing, balance, coordination and our ability to filter out unwanted noise. It is also an area which is connected to our Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) through the Vagus Nerve.
The Dreampad has an audio jack built into it and you can plug it directly into your phone or mp3 player. It also has a free app that you can get on the Google or iTunes store that comes with music to help you fall asleep. If you really want to go all out you can also purchase a bluetooth adapter if you would rather the phone be further away from you and you don’t want to deal with cords.
The Dreampad is a relatively new product but they have already conducted some very promising research. Tests on veterans with PTSD have shown that they are able to fall back asleep faster using the pillow and some also have reduced the frequency and severity of nightmares.
Other tests indicate a benefit to children with Autism, ADHD and HRV (heart rate variability).
I have been using the Dreampad for the past 3 nights and love it! The app is very easy to use and all the music is extremely relaxing and not overpowering. You sort of forget the music is playing but at the same time it keeps your mind from wandering and worrying which used to keep me up at night.
This is also the first time I have ever been able to fall asleep with music playing. I normally just use a white noise machine. I woke up at 3am last night and noticed that the music was still on only after I got up to go to the bathroom and laid back down on the pillow.
I am really excited to try ASMR with the Dreampad. I have friends that love ASMR but do not like playing it through a stereo since it can be annoying for a spouse that doesn’t do ASMR. I had the volume on my Dreampad at about 50% and when I lifted my head off the pillow I couldn’t hear anything, neither could my wife sleeping a few inches away.
If you or your child has Autism or ADHD, the Dreampad also has some promising research to indicate that it promotes better rest for Autistic or ADHD individuals. The full report can be found here. This is the first ADHD and Autism pillow I have come across.
Since the Dreampad is so new, I think we are only starting to see what it can really do in terms of benefiting sleep and over all mental health. There’s some promising preliminary studies with the DreamPad that indicate it also helps alleviate symptoms of PTSD and ADHD.
Since the app is free, I imagine they will be updating it on a regular basis with new music.
The Dreampad is available for sale on Amazon.com