SmartSleep deep sleep headband by Royal Philips will be used in research funded by the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH), a virtual institute empowered by the NASA Human Research Program, for two unprecedented studies evaluating the relationship between sleep and cognitive performance for behavioral health. The two-year initiative will use the deep sleep headband to determine if sleep can be improved during deep space exploration by utilizing a variety of auditory stimulation protocols, thereby maximizing cognitive function. Philips’ technology is the first-of-its-kind to be used in this type of research.
Research has demonstrated that the beneficial effects of sleep on restoring brain function occur, at least in part, during slow-wave sleep, resulting in increased energy and alertness during times of wakefulness. The benefits of enhanced slow-wave sleep are especially pertinent to astronauts, who must maintain peak cognitive and operational performance while working in extremely challenging sleeping environments.
Business Leader, Sleep and Respiratory Care,
“We are honored to have the SmartSleep deep sleep headband selected for these studies that will be important not only for space exploration, but also for the millions of people who have difficulty obtaining adequate sleep. Deeper understanding of the connection between sleep and cognitive performance builds on the decades of clinically guided research that drive our sleep solutions, and will contribute to future Philips innovations making better sleep and its benefits accessible to everyone.”