Now your Apple Watch can stop nightmares by awakening wearers tossing and turning, makers say
- Sensor monitoring of heart rate and movement can detect that users are having a bad dream
- Watch ‘soft’ vibrate to shake out the yzer, but don’t try to wake them up
- Apple’s Dr Sumbul Desai says watch is ‘incredibly useful’ for people with PTSD
- Trials have shown it can improve a user’s sleep in as little as two weeks, developers say
Apple watches can keep you from having nightmares, the company claimed yesterday.
Sensors that monitor heart rate and movement can detect when users have a bad dream.
The watch then vibrates ‘gently’ to shake the wearer out, but does not try to wake him up.
Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Dr. Apple’s Sumbul Desai said, “We’re incredibly excited about how people are using our platform to build powerful apps and improve lives.
For example, people with PTSD often have tremendous emotional pain, which is only aggravated by nightmares that make it nearly impossible to get enough sleep.
‘That’s where an app like Nightware can do some good and change lives for the better.
It uses the heart rate sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope on Apple Watch to detect a nightmare and disrupt it with just a gentle vibration.
“For people with PTSD, this has been really life-changing. Together we are building a holistic, health ecosystem – one that provides constant monitoring and deeper insights, and therefore peace of mind.’
dr. Desai said the development was “incredibly helpful” for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who are prone to nightmares.
Sumbul Desai, Apple’s Vice President of Health, Speaks on the Center Stage of Web Summit – Europe’s Largest Technology Conference
Apple watches can keep you from having nightmares, the company claimed yesterday
The feature is the brainchild of a company called Nightware and is available through an app of the same name.
Trials have shown it can improve a user’s sleep in as little as two weeks, Nightware says.
The feature is the brainchild of a company called Nightware
The latest version of the Apple Watch, Series 8, has several new health features, including telling female users the best time to get pregnant.
The £419 device has built-in sensors to measure temperature, heart rate and movement using an accelerometer and gyroscope.
Research shows that between 50 and 85 percent of adults report having nightmares from time to time.
An estimated two to eight percent of people say their nightmares cause sleep problems.
Women tend to experience them more often than men, but they tend to become less frequent and intense in both sexes as they get older.
Most nightmares occur during REM during the last stage of the sleep cycle, usually in the last third of the night.
Stress, anxiety, and an irregular sleep routine can all trigger them, while trauma can also be a major reason, especially those who suffer from PTSD.
HAVE APPLE WATCHES EVER REALLY SAVED LIVES?
In 2018, a Michigan woman saved her drowning husband’s life by calling 911 on her Apple Watch. But that’s not the first time the wearable has helped owners in dire circumstances.
In April 2017, Casey Bennett of Laytonsville, Maryland, was driving home from school when he was hit by another vehicle, sending him and his Jeep Patriot flying through the air.
A 28-year-old was able to receive life-saving treatment for a pulmonary embolism because his Apple Watch detected a sudden rise in his heart rate
Bennett, 22, found himself hanging only by his seat belt in the driver’s seat, with his iPhone too far out of reach to call for help.
However, he recalled that his Apple Watch had an emergency SOS feature and held down the side button to contact the emergency responder, who arrived within six minutes.
Many wearers use the Apple Watch’s heart monitoring capabilities to detect heart problems early.
James Green, 32, said in 2017 that his timepiece notified him of a sudden rise in his heart rate, a sign of a possible pulmonary embolism.
Having had a life-threatening blood clot before, Green ran to the hospital, where doctors found a new blood clot in his lungs that could have killed him in minutes if left untreated.
He says the only reason he lives alone is because of that report.
‘Never thought a stupid lil [sic] wrist computer I bought two years ago would save my life,” Green tweeted. “I saw my heart rate go up, it ended up being a pulmonary embolism.”