Researchers and medical specialists want to get to the root of the problem and have launched the SleepLoop project in a bid to improve sleep quality using technology, reports Medical Xpress.

The idea behind SleepLoop is to measure the brainwaves of a person during sleep and use this information to stimulate the brain by playing sounds, which are tailored to each individual. This will better synchronise the nerve cells, thus deepening sleep and improving sleep quality.

The project is the brainchild of sleep researcher Reto Huber from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Sleep Medicine at University Children’s Hospital Zurich and Christian Baumann from the Department of Neurology at University Hospital Zurich. Walter Karlen, Head of ETH Zurich’s Mobile Health Systems Laboratory, is taking the lead on the technological development. A total of 16 research groups from ETH and the University of Zurich are involved in the project.

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