Improve sleep – falling asleep and staying asleep
Decrease sensory hypersensitivity
How does the Dreampad work? The Dreampad combines iLs’ psychoacoustic expertise with Intrasound Technology™, which is based on the natural conductive quality of the human body. More
Is there supporting research? Data shows a decrease in sleep-related problems and improvement with daytime performance (physical, emotional, social and executive functions). More
“Pretty amazing device… I had used CDs for years but this is another level, I fall asleep faster and sleep deeper…” – Bill Walton, parent more parent feedback
Treated specifically for delivery through Intrasound Technology, Dreampad music emphasizes frequencies of the auditory spectrum most conducive for relaxation and sleep. All programs have a default play setting of two hours. This can be adjusted for those who prefer longer or shorter playing times.
“We have almost every client use the Pillow for a week or two prior to the regular iLs program. If there’s an auditory hypersensitivity issue, it’s addressed before using headphones; if there’s an anxiety or sleep issue, the clients often purchase one to use on a regular basis while they are doing therapy. Works extremely well for probably 80-90% of our clients.“ – Sarah Feldman, PhD, LPC, BCBA, Clinic Director more clinical feedback
How Does the Dreampad Work?
The Dreampad combines iLs’ psychoacoustic expertise with Intrasound Technology™, which is based on the natural conductive quality of the human body. Our bones are natural conductors; in fact, every time you speak the vibration caused by your voice is carried by bone to your inner ear.
All materials conduct sound, some better than others. For example, water is a well-known conductor for whales’ voices over long distances. Your own human voice is carried by both air (to the outer ear) and bone (to the inner ear) whenever you speak. Hearing the resonance of your own voice internally when you speak accounts for the difference in how your voice sounds to you when played back from a recording, when you hear only the air conducted sound.
Intrasound Technology™ replicates this natural process by using transducers to convert the properties of sound to vibration. The vibration is carried to the bony area around the middle and inner ear, a mini ‘cave’ which protects some of our most valuable anatomy. This is the home of the cochlear/vestibular apparatus, which governs our ability to hear, as well as our balance, coordination and our ability to filter out unwanted noise (related to auditory hypersensitivity). It is also an area which is connected to our Parasympathetic Nervous System through the Vagus Nerve.
Parasympathetic stimulation facilitates our relaxation response (as opposed to our Sympathetic Nervous System, which gives us “fight or flight”). Research is underway to further explore the combined effect of iLs’ psychoacoustically modified music with Intrasound Technology on the following populations: stress-related insomnia, trauma, veterans with PTSD, children with ADHD and ASD, and cancer patients experiencing insomnia. See research >
What is the Advantage of Intrasound Technology?
In a word: relaxation. Intrasound Technology provides a deeper, more sensory-based level of calm and relaxation than regular speaker music. In addition to its unique effect on the nervous system, the following are often commented on by Dreampad users:
- Only the user can hear the music
- No headphones, earbuds or headbands needed
- Lie as you normally do – on back, side or stomach.
- After a couple weeks’ use, many see sleep improvements continue even when not using the Dreampad (in research terms, this is referred to as a “carry over effect”)
- Any age can benefit; however, the Dreampad should not be left in the crib of a child under one year of age
- Hallowell Center ADHD Study measuring changes in sleep patterns and daytime behavior among children with ADHD.
- HRV Study measuring the effect of the Dreampad on relaxation using heart rate variability (HRV) as the measure; HRV is widely considered the most authoritative reference for the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which governs our relaxation response.
Studies in Progress
- Study measuring changes in sleep and behavior among ASD (autism spectrum disorder) children, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
- Study measuring sleep patterns among Alzheimer’s patients, Aegis Therapy Services
- Study measuring sleep changes among cancer patients with insomnia, Denver Children’s Hospital
- Study measuring changes in hypersensitivity at U of Sciences, Philadelphia
- Study measuring the Dreampad’s effect on anxiety among children with autism, Touro University