(JustPatriots.com)- Apple’s latest Apple Watch may be able to stop users from having nightmares.
A new app called Nightware uses the Apple Watch sensors that monitor heart rate and movement to detect when the wearer is having a bad dream. When a nightmare is detected, the app will trigger the watch to vibrate gently, enough to bring the wearer out of the nightmare but not enough to wake the wearer up.
During the Web Summit in Lisbon last week, Apple’s Dr. Sumbul Desai boasted that Apple has been using its platform “to develop powerful apps and improve lives.” He said the Apple Watch will make it possible for those with PTSD whose emotional pain is often “compounded by nightmares” to get a good night’s sleep.
The Nightware app was created by the company Nightware and is available through the Apple app store.
According to Nightware, trials have shown that wearing the Apple Watch with its app at night can begin to improve a wearer’s sleep within two weeks.
Dr. Desai said the development of the app has been “incredibly useful” for those suffering from PTSD who are susceptible to nightmares, calling it “truly life-changing.”
Desai also said Apple is building “a holistic, health ecosystem” that provides “constant monitoring and deeper insights.”
The latest Apple Watch contains several new health functions, including monitoring a woman’s cycle to determine when is the best time to conceive a baby.
Let’s hope it also tells the time since it is a watch.
The device’s embedded sensors measure temperature, heart rate, and movement using a gyroscope and accelerometer.
Most people experience nightmares during REM (rapid eye movement) in the last stage of the sleep cycle, commonly during the final third of the night.
According to research, between 50 and 85 percent of all adults report occasionally having nightmares. Between 2 and 8 percent say they’ve experienced sleep problems due to nightmares.