The FDA has approved an Apple Watch app called ‘NightWare’, which could help treat users’ PTSD-related nightmares.
NightWare essentially detects body movement and heart rate during sleep. This data is sent to the NightWare server and creates a unique sleep pattern for users.
When the app detects that a user is experiencing a nightmare based on its analysis of heart rate and body movement, the system will vibrate the device in response to interrupt bad dreams, but will not actually wake them up.
It is important to note that NightWare is only available by prescription, is not a stand-alone treatment, and must be used in conjunction with medications. Users known to “misbehave” during sleep are not advised to use Apple Watch therapy.
Obviously, there is no guarantee that NightWare will work, but the FDA has stated that a study showed that the application led to better quality of sleep.
Regardless, it’s still interesting to see how the Apple Watch can be used not only to track sleep, but also to shape the quality of your sleep.