Did you know that according to some experts, having a cooler head can help you sleep better at night? It is because of this discovery that they have decided to invent a new device that can help people suffering from insomnia get a better night’s sleep.
This is what is known as the cooling cap. It works in such a way that if the patient is to wear this contraption during his resting hours, he will be able to get a good night’s sleep and therefore possibly treat his insomnia.
Brain Activity and Insomnia
According to the same research, it has been found out that there is a significant difference between a person’s brain activities if he has the aforementioned sleeping disorder as opposed to those who do not have aberrant sleeping patterns.
In addition, patients with insomnia have been discovered to possess a higher rate of brain metabolism. The fluctuations were specifically found in the frontal lobe of the brain. This may help explain why the patients with insomnia have a hard time drifting off to sleep. This is according to the team of experts responsible for conducting the study itself.
The Cooling Cap Effect
As an experiment, the researchers fitted a specific number (12) of insomnia patients with a special temperature controlled cap. This was specially designed to have water flowing through it. After this, they also recruited 12 other healthy respondents to act as controllers who matched in age and gender with the first set of patients. This experiment was conducted to help figure out a cure for primary insomnia.
The researchers afterward had them sleep for a total of eight nights in the lab without the cap, with the cap at a neutral temperature, at a moderately cool temperature and lastly with the coolest temperature. During their sleep, their brain activity was monitored. Rapid eye movement and jaw muscle tone were also kept an eye on.
As a result, about three-quarters of those respondents said that the cap was able to help them sleep at about 57° F. In addition, according to them higher temperatures within the cap do not seem to help cure the insomnia. According to the study specifically, these measures between 72 and 86°.
Furthermore, it took the respondents about 13 minutes to fall asleep. In addition, they spent about 89% of their time in bed actually asleep which was deemed to have been favorable results for the experts who have conducted the study.
Moreover, the cooling cap was found to be associated with low wave sleep. This refers to the deepest portion of sleep which restores most of the body functions and cells. The main premise of the study was to find out if the cooling process will help decrease the brain metabolism and therefore improve sleep greatly. According to the experts the answer is yes in all accounts. This was why the study was deemed a success by the experts who have conducted it.
Because of the favorable results, it has been deemed worthy to conduct further studies on the subject. Some experts say that it is interesting and exciting to explore the cooling cap as a possible solution to insomnia. These additional tests will include imaging as well as temperature measurements for the body while wearing the cap.
Experts say that in theory, this proves that the concept of cooling down the body to help cure insomnia is correct. The study also proved that if the body is warm, the patients will tend to be sleep deprived and therefore become restless.
Different Types of Insomnia
Aside from primary insomnia, there also other types of insomnia that you have to be aware of so that you will be able to find the right ways to treat it effectively. Here are some of the different types of insomnia as follows.
- Chronic insomnia – This refers to a chemical imbalance in the brain that prevents the patient with the condition to sleep soundly.
- Secondary insomnia – This type of insomnia results from other related conditions that can lead to restlessness for the patients. For secondary insomnia as well as chronic insomnia, medications and other cognitive and behavioral changes for the patient may help cure the condition.
The cap is not yet known to help during secondary insomnia attacks. The key to curing secondary insomnia would be to cure the underlying cause of the condition. If the Physician is able to do this, think it is most likely that the insomnia would be cured eventually.
Unfortunately, the cap is not yet available for public consumption. However, the lead researcher promises to bring it to the market as soon as possible. In addition to this, since the studies have been underfunded and relatively small compared to others, it is still deemed to be in the preliminary stages. This would suffice until it is published in a renowned scientific journal and is also confirmed in larger scientific researches.
However, what is important is that scientific experts are not stopping to try and figure out the best way to cure insomnia. This alone gives us hope that eventually the condition will find a cure and hopefully lead to a grim future for all of the related diseases as well.
If you want to help further the studies, do not hesitate to contact your medical and scientific experts in the community and let them know how you feel about the researches that they are doing. If you show your support, your voice may eventually be heard and therefore cause other higher authorities to take action and fund further research as soon as possible.
In the meantime, make sure that you are able to keep your mind relaxed and free of tension whenever you are about to go to sleep. In this way, you will be able to have enough hours of rest for the next day. As mentioned earlier, you can also take medications to help you sleep properly if you cannot do it using the normal way.