Four studies by Ebb Therapeutics, a sleep tech company specializing in drug-free, wearable solutions to sleeplessness, are published in the 2020 abstract supplement of SLEEP. The studies validate the effects of forehead cooling on subjects with sleeplessness and insomnia—including two unique sets: menopausal women and veterans.
The abstracts are:
- A preliminary study on the efficacy of forehead-cooling for relieving menopausal sleep difficulties and hot flashes. Concluded that use of a forehead cooling device improved subjective nighttime sleep quality and reduced insomnia symptoms and hot flash frequency and severity.
- Efficacy of a forehead-cooling device for treating insomnia in veterans. Concluded that use of a forehead-cooling device improved insomnia in veterans, as well as helped reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms.
- Durability of effects of forehead cooling on EEG sleep measures in insomnia patients from two- to 30-nights use and 6-month safety results. Concluded that forehead cooling demonstrated durability of effects on EEG sleep measures.
- Efficacy of direct thermoelectric forehead cooling for treating insomnia symptoms. Concluded that forehead cooling via direct thermoelectric contact to the forehead via a Peltier cooler had beneficial effects on subjective insomnia symptoms.
This new data supplements Ebb’s prior scientific research, including the results of Ebb’s randomized, controlled clinical trial in insomnia patients that led to a publication in Journal SLEEP in May 2018.
The data is based on more than 35 years of brain-imaging research during Nofzinger’s tenure as Director of the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Nofzinger discovered that when the forehead is cooled there is a reduction in activity in the frontal cortex and a person is better able to reach restorative sleep. He dubbed this “PrecisionCool Technology” and spent more than a decade developing a wearable forehead-cooling device to help patients with insomnia.
“Without good sleep, one’s quality of life suffers,” Nofzinger says in a release. “It has been my goal for three decades to bring a safe sleep solution to the masses, and I am proud to be able to have data to show that precise forehead cooling is truly effective.”