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Music: A Potent Non-Drug Sleep Aid?

Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:59 AM

Music not only soothes the savage beast, as the saying goes, but may also put him to sleep.

That’s the intriguing suggestion of new research by Wake Forest University sleep specialists that found certain musical tones appear to “balance” neurological activity and can “reset” the brain to effectively reduce insomnia.
The pilot study, published online in the journal Brain and Behavior, tested a new technology — dubbed the Brainwave Optimization system — that uses a series of musical notes that effectively mirror the brain's electrical-energy frequencies to bring balance to the right and left hemispheres of the brain. That, in turn, helps induce sleep.
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"The human brain is made up of the left and right hemispheres that work together as parallel processors,” said lead researcher Dr. Charles H. Tegeler, a professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, explaining how the technology works.
“When a person undergoes trauma or a major stressor, their autonomic survival responses kick in and the brain can become unbalanced. If those imbalances persist, symptoms such as insomnia can result. Our study looked at a new technology that is intended to facilitate greater balance and harmony in brain frequencies, which may result in improved symptoms."
The study was funded by a grant from Brain State Technologies of Scottsdale, Ariz. — the company that owns the technology used in the study.
To test the system, Tegeler and his colleagues enrolled 20 insomniacs — half of whom underwent eight to 12 sessions with the technology lasting 60-90 minutes. Researchers tracked the brain activity of the study participants through sensors attached to numerous locations the scalp.
The results showed the Brainwave Optimization system resulted in significant improvements in the insomnia symptoms of those who underwent the sessions — virtually eliminating the participants’ sleep problems — while those who received not treatment experienced no change.

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