Technology may be the safest prescription for sleep disorders - Page 3
Buoyed by impressive study results, positive reviews, and growing media fascination, Sleep Genius has become one of the most sought-after apps in its category on iTunes today. Unlike the colorful and elaborate PR schemes used by leading drug makers to push their products on the vulnerable 70 million Americans believed to suffer from sleep disorders, the app’s scientific backing and encouraging word-of-mouth chatter is quickly elevating the profile of Sleep Genius.
The makers of the app say they've created a solution that targets the brain's sleep centers through proprietary neurosensory algorithms, multi-band binaural beats, “Pink noise,” and psychoacoustic tunes. By directing brainwave patterns to predetermined sleep frequencies conducive to calming the brain, the technology can slow the heart, facilitate desirable breathing patterns and send users into deeper levels of sleep.
Ultimately, however, the greatest advantage that technology may carry over medication is safety.
"Many studies have also found connections between regularly taking sleep aids and an increased risk of death and cancer," Dr. Oz asserts.
On the other hand, Dr. Kamran Fallahpour, a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist at New York's Brain Resource Center, says the Sleep Genius app is "all natural."
"Compared with non-users of sleeping pills,” Dr. Oz continues, “one study discovered that those who took 1 to 18 pills of any sleep aid or hypnotic medication per year had a greater than three-fold increased risk of early death. They also found that heavy hypnotic users were 35% more likely to develop a new cancer. There are no clear explanations for this connection; however, some studies have connected increased risks of suicide and risky behavior, like impaired driving, with the use of prescribed sleep aids. Zolpidem can also increase stomach regurgitation, which can increase your risk of esophageal cancer."