NightWare is a therapeutic platform using a proprietary application on an Apple Watch® that helps people suffering from traumatic nightmares get a more restful night's sleep. It is a wearable technology that learns the wearer's sleep patterns and customizes a treatment for each individual, interrupting nightmares so sufferers can get a good night's sleep. NightWare is only available to individuals when recommended by a physician.
The watch monitors heart rate while you sleep. A gyroscope and accelerometer, similar to fitness watches, monitor movement. The application has a formula that is customized to each individual.
Tracking biometric inputs during sleep; Nightmare = Stress
An intervention (smartwatch alert vibration) at nightmare stress threshold is designed to arouse but not awaken the wearer—preserving the night's rest
AI processing longitudinal data better predicts each new episode
NightWare learns the wearer's sleep pattern after just a few days of wearing the watch each night. Users wear the watch only while sleeping — not during the day—that is when it recharges.
After a learning period, typically less than 10 days, the watch senses the wearer's heart rate and movement. When it detects a potential nightmare, the watch will vibrate enough to interrupt the nightmare, without waking the wearer.
The application adapts to the individual. If it senses that it woke the person, it will vibrate less next time to avoid waking the wearer.
The watch app monitors the individual while sleeping. The app continuously collects heart rate, accelerometer, and gyroscope data and uses it to compute a stress threshold. If the stress threshold exceeds a learned threshold for the individual, the app intervenes by vibrating. The app starts with a low-intensity intervention. If that does not have the desired result, the app increases the intervention intensity. The goal is to arouse, but not awaken the individual. The watch app also sends the collected data to a secure cloud service to facilitate review by a healthcare professional.
NightWare is available by prescription only and is available on a limited basis now through physician recommendation. Our first focus is on The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) health care system and the Department of Defense Military Health System (MHS) in order to reach military individuals with the most urgent need. Reach out to your VHA or MHS care provider for more information.
NightWare is a Federal Drug Administration (FDA) compliant medical device approved to help people with traumatic nightmares get a more restful night's sleep. Ongoing clinical trials are important to gather information on continuous improvements and to help payors, like the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and private insurance companies, working toward reimbursement.
The NightWare mission is to help people with traumatic nightmares get a more restful night's sleep. We won't rest until those with PTSD can.
NightWare is an FDA—compliant medical device using a proprietary application on an Apple Watch® that helps people suffering from traumatic nightmares get a more restful night's sleep. It is a wearable technology that learns sleep patterns and customizes a treatment for each individual, interrupting nightmares so wearers can get an uninterrupted night's sleep. The company was founded in 2015.
The NightWare™ platform has been cleared by the FDA! Learn more.
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