General Sleep Corp launches a home sleep monitor called the Zmachine Insight, which is for sleep researchers and clinicians to obtain detailed sleep staging information from patients or research subjects. The results, which are automatically calculated by the Insight, are available immediately when the user wakes in the morning.
“The Zmachine Insight is unparalleled in its capabilities to automatically record and stage sleep with a very high degree of precision. Unlike the current crop of home sleep monitors and smartphone apps that rely on the presence of absence of movement to try to infer whether someone is sleeping or not, the Insight measures the EEG (brainwave) signal and processes that signal with advanced algorithms. The Insight not only determines when the user is awake or asleep, but can also differentiate light sleep, slow wave sleep, and REM sleep every 30 seconds,” says Richard Kaplan, PhD, president of General Sleep Corp, in a release. “It solves a huge problem by enabling the recording of detailed and accurate sleep information in the home environment where sleep is most natural, for as many nights as needed, and at a very low cost.”
The Insight uses a set of three peel-and-stick sensors to perform its assessment of the user’s sleep architecture. Since these sensors are located directly behind the ears and completely outside of the hairline they are easily self-applied and comfortably worn during sleep, General Sleep states. The smartphone-sized form factor of the system was especially designed to accommodate convenient in-home use. The price of a complete Zmachine Insight system starts at $499.
The Zmachine Insight is FDA cleared and sold to healthcare providers and researchers. Its performance has been validated against laboratory PSG with the results published in Nature and Science of Sleep.
Headquartered in Euclid, Ohio, General Sleep Corp, a division of Consolidated Research Inc, is a medical device company operating since 1992. The company specializes in designing and developing medical devices that use electroencephalography (EEG) in a variety of healthcare applications, including anesthesiology and sleep medicine. The company holds a number of patents in the area of insomnia treatment and brain wave signal analysis.