Fitbit and music may help beat insomnia

In a new study, researchers found a novel solution to defeating insomnia with music but without the risk to one’s hearing.

The research was conducted by a team from Amrita University, Coimbatore.

Lots of people like to listen to music at bedtime. With the advent of portable music player and in-ear headphones, this phenomenon has become widespread.

Of course, music can help improve our state of mind and perhaps even help those who suffer from insomnia to get to sleep.

The downside is that once you have fallen asleep the music will keep playing.

This might have detrimental effects on how deeply you sleep afterward and perhaps even cause issues in terms of damage to hearing.

In the new study, the team found that their wearable, Fitbit, the based system allows one to nod off while listening to music but once one has actually fallen asleep the music is muted.

This means there will be no disturbance of normal sleep patterns caused by the music continuing to play and no risk to hearing.

The new method could monitor the data from the Fitbit and calculates when the person has most likely fallen to sleep so that the music can be muted without disturbing them.

The monitored approach means the music only stops once the user is fast asleep. It is more efficient than setting a timer on music to switch it off within a few minutes or an hour or so.

One author of the study is Shriram Vasudevan.

The study is published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics.

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