Insomnia? Just Chill Out

Put away the pills and reach for this new pad

The latest breakthrough therapy to treat insomnia is not a pill, it’s a pad. The Cerêve Sleep System, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June, cools the forehead, allowing you to get to sleep more easily. 

The prescription device was developed by Eric Nofzinger, MD, a board-certified sleep physician who studied brain scans of insomniacs. He found that the frontal cortex remained active in patients who described having a “racing mind” that wouldn’t settle down so they could fall asleep.

In studies of their sleep systems, patients showed significant improvement in falling asleep when wearing the software-controlled device that cools and pumps fluid to a forehead pad that you wear all night. The device is expected to be available in 2017.