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Three argentines have created a neuroacoustic headband that helps with sleep, memory and mood.

NeuroAcoustics, a company in our portfolio founded by three argentinians, is developing a smart headband designed to improve sleep and, therefore, people’s well-being.

The quality of sleep has a direct impact on cognitive and emotional health. There are numerous studies that confirm this. And in fact this is one of the points mentioned by Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience at the University of California, in his book Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep.

Or as argentine chronobiology expert Diego Golombek explains: “Sleeping is as important as eating. It is not just about resting: there are various physiological processes that require a good night’s sleep to manifest normally.”

That is why it is so important to find solutions to the lack of quality sleep, one of the problems that afflicts the current population around the world. NeuroAcoustics with argentine DNA seeks to address this challenge with the help of artificial intelligence. Founded in December 2022 by the doctor in biology Cecilia Forcato, the doctor in physics Pablo Gleiser and the doctor in computational engineering Rodrigo Ramele. This science-technology-based startup is revolutionizing the way we understand and improve human sleep.

“Our goal is to improve slow waves during sleep,” explains Cecilia Forcato, one of the co-founders. Slow waves are a particular electrical activity, characteristic of sleep, mainly deep sleep. She adds: “From the age of 40, these waves decrease in amplitude and quantity, which can negatively affect cognition, mood, and the removal of aberrant proteins such as beta amyloid, related to Alzheimer’s disease. We improve the quality of slow waves in older adults to impact their cognition and in depressed patients to improve their mood.”

Cutting-edge technology

The solution proposed by this company is based on the development of headbands that act as portable polysomnographs, recording brain activity and other physiological signals. “In real time, we detect the slow waves using a headband placed on the head and stimulate them at the precise moment to improve their quality,” explained Forcato.

This process requires algorithms that can identify when slow waves are occurring. Once they are identified, they are stimulated with a particular type of sound, which is noninvasive. The first results are encouraging. “We observed an improvement in the quality of slow waves during sleep,” says Forcato. The company plans to begin additional studies to evaluate how this technology can improve learning, memory and mood tasks in users.

What’s coming

One of the short-term goals is to obtain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for which the application process will begin in two years. “We want the device to be supported by the medical community and used in the treatment of patients,” says Forcato. This step is crucial to bring the product to market with guarantees of safety and clinical efficacy.

Using AI headbands to improve sleep has the potential to transform the lives of many people, especially those affected by cognitive and emotional problems related to sleep quality. “We know it improves sleep, that’s for sure. Now we want to see how it can improve memory tasks with consecutive use over several days,” explains Forcato.

The company is not only focused on developing innovative technology, but also seeks to create a positive impact on global health, offering a solution that could be prescribed by medical professionals in the near future. With artificial intelligence as an ally, sleep could be improved with all that this implies.

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