Sleep is one of the main weapons in our daily approach to well-being. However, studies show that French people are sleeping too little and their sleep is increasingly poor: 32% don’t get enough sleep, 1 in 3 people have suffered from sleep problems over the last year and the average time needed to fall asleep is 25 minutes…
Sleeping well affects our BMI.
It has been known for many years that sleep plays a major role in our mental and physical state. A good night’s sleep not only makes us feel fitter, but also influences our weight control: when we don’t sleep enough or our sleep is poor, the body releases ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates appetite, in larger amounts. Instead, a good night’s sleep increases leptin levels, the satiety hormone.
Cardiac coherence: How does it work?
A clinical study carried out by Terraillon in collaboration with the European Sleep Center in Paris made it possible to assess the Dreamer sleep activator while subjects who presented with sleep fragility were sleeping. Combined with red light, Dreamer’s cardiac coherence programme is a gentle relaxation method that helps you to relax and reduce stress. Inhale, exhale… the cardiac coherence programme helps you switch to a rate of 6 breaths per minute to reduce your flow of thoughts and act positively on your heart rate. Initially practised in medicine and then meditation, it is now used in sports environments and even in school or professional settings!
A simple and natural solution
The Dreamer sleep activator uses red light because unlike other colours (including blue light), it is the only colour that does not block the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that promotes falling asleep.
We stimulate the baroreflex, a small physiological mechanism that helps restore balance in the autonomic nervous system. Therefore, you will quickly switch from the alert state (activation of the sympathetic nervous system) to the resting state (activation of the parasympathetic nervous system) by setting your breathing pattern to the light intensity in order to bring the nervous system to a sleeping state.
With practice and after a while, you regain confidence and are able to fall asleep peacefully and without anxiety.
The clinical study conducted by The European Sleep Center was carried out over 83 nights with patients who presented with sleep fragility. Each morning, the study subjects also answered subjective questionnaires on the quality of their night, how quickly they fell asleep, their lucidity on waking up, etc.
The results of the study are very positive: thanks to Dreamer’s cardiac coherence, 2 out of 3 users fall asleep in less than 15 minutes.
Terraillon’s Dreamer improves how quickly you fall asleep and the quality of sleep: deep sleep comes quickly and users feel they fall asleep more easily and more quickly. The consequence of this better sleeping behaviour is that users feel much more lucid when they wake up!
The subjects of the study explain it better than we do:
“I feel that focusing on the rhythm provided by the light allows me to get rid of negative thoughts.”
“It’s so good to be able to keep up with the rhythm with your eyes closed.”
“It’s a good idea that you can breathe when you need to with the help of the light without having to count. I got it without realising it.”
The subjects of the study particularly liked being able to follow the cardiac coherence programme with their eyes closed and in any position since they didn’t need to struggle to keep their eyes open or lie on their back while sleeping on their side or on their stomach.
Since it is not connected to a smartphone, Dreamer reassured users both about the ease of use and the absence of WiFi waves generated during sleep.
Following this study, Dr Duforez, sleep doctor and founder of the European Sleep Center concludes:
“In an uncertain world, sleeping difficulties are a common symptom of insomnia. Scientific studies have shown the influence of red light as well as breathing techniques on the quality of sleep. Using them wisely is a very good non-medicated alternative and the Dreamer study is a good example of this.”