While many people complain about their sleep, they still have the advantage of being able to lay down and go to sleep without having to calm their brains first. For others our brains are wrought with anxiety, madness and neural activity that no matter how tired the body is, the brain refuses to shut down. Silence at night is the enemy. We need white noise machines or music in the room. Or with the Dreampad from Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), music in our head.
Originally conceived to be a therapeutic tool to calm children with autism, the Dreampad was created to be a sleep aid for those with complex sleep difficulties. As someone who cannot shut down the spongy central processing facility in the skull, the Dreampad seems like a solid replacement for the white noise machine or the speakers across the room. The Dreampad is not a pillow with speakers in it, rather it is a system of transducers that deliver music straight into your head through vibration.
Unlike headphones or posting speakers next to your bed, the Dreampad transducers pump the music right into your nervous system through vibrations to the inner ear. You can hear the music — it is not a sense of the music or a distant construct of music — it’s whatever music you are playing, just delivered a bit differently. This method triggers a response that kicks your brain into relaxation mode and helps calm the mind.
There is a pocket with a 3.5mm jack in the pillow to jam your phone into, or you can order the optional Bluetooth receiver. Or plug in an extension cord to your tablet on the nightstand .
Usually we plug our tablets into some speakers on a nightstand, but have trouble finding the right volume. The Dreampad just flows that music into my head without worrying about volume.
The Dreampad is surprisingly calming; vibrational music snuck directly into your head .The Dreampad is like a bath towel warmer for your tired, anxiety ridden brain.
The Dreampad delivery system for music is certainly better than other sources.It would be a great supplemental product for those faced with difficulty calming their brains at night.
Its PTSD study, autism study and parent blogger study have shown positive results. It should be noted the Dreampad is not marketed, nor claims to be, a medical device.
Integrated Learning Systems is no newbie to neurotechnology. The Denver-based company trains therapists and educators to combine iLs sound and movement therapy techniques with other interventions. It has trained over eight thousand professionals, some in service at pediatric hospitals of Stanford, Harvard, Duke and other outpatient clinics. The Dreampad is a consolidation of a lot of this research and a product that can reach a larger part of the population without the need for direct sleep therapy.
The Dreampad 26 (reviewed) is available in the iLs store for $179. The Dreampad app is available for Google Android and Apple iOS.