A new wristband by biomedical device company HBI promises to let troubled sleepers skip the Ambien and still get a better night's slumber. The DreamKeeper 400 relies largely on acupressure techniques, stimulating the median nerves on the inside of the wrist through electrostatic pulses and adjustable vibration.
HBI says the drug-free device doesn't emit an electronic current or cause pain and tingling, and adds that it can be safely used by people with pacemakers.
Somnolence seekers strap the drug-free device on for 30 minutes prior to going to bed. In addition to stimulating a specific pressure point thought to be responsible for stress relief and sleep, the device's proprietary breath synchronization program guides users to slow their breathing. This reduces the activity of the sympathetic nervous system and prepares users for sleep. Basically, it's like a personal meditation mentor (and in fact, might be handy to have around the office for those stressful board meetings or run-ins with the boss).
HBI cites clinical studies showing that 70 percent of subjects using an early version of DreamKeeper reported improvements in the quality and duration of their sleep within three weeks. The suggested retail price for the product is $149.99, and it's currently available at Target.com, Amazon.com, and HBIUSA.com.
The DreamKeeper 400 isn't the first device to merge technology and acupressure points, however. The digital Aculife Magnetic Wave Therapist claims to bridge ancient Chinese medicine with modern technology by digitally locating your so-called acupoints so you can apply a "small amount of electricity" accordingly.