Philips sleep headband takes flight

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – The SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband from 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 studies evaluating the relationship between sleep and cognitive performance for behavioral health. The two-year initiative will use the headband to determine if sleep can be improved during deep space exploration by using a variety of auditory stimulation protocols and, thereby, maximizing cognitive function. TRISH, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has begun the following studies: Optimizing Auditory Stimulation to improve cognitive performance (24 subjects will use the headband at home for two months, performing a NASA-validated cognitive test battery daily) and Improving Efficiency and Restorative Quality of Sleep (a seven-day lab trial replicating the challenging sleep conditions experienced during spaceflight will study 12 subjects wearing the headband).