The Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet: What’s it all about?
UPDATED: Throughout history, expensively packaged “health giving” products have made good money, even if the actual benefits are spurious or questionable. Think slimming pills, or anything that provides a “cure” for baldness.
Claims are usually backed by scientific sounding statements to help people believe they are buying something that will truly provide miraculous, life-enhancing benefits.
We wondered if the same applies to wearable technology products that are said to aid sleep, and decided to dig deeper.
US/Swiss firm Philip Stein is trying to harness the magic of natural wave frequencies in the form of a wearable technology device that aids sleep, the Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet.
The company’s website says its “revolutionary” bracelet is said to “utilize Natural Frequency Technology to help improve the quality of sleep” and reports that “wearers of the Philip Stein Sleep Bracelet report benefits of falling asleep faster, sleeping more deeply, and waking up feeling more refreshed.”
Sounds great. But what’s behind the technology, and does it work?
It’s all about Alpha waves
The company is tuning in to Alpha waves, first recorded in the 1920s by German neurologist Hans Berger, who described them as electrical frequencies transmitted by the brain when in a state of calm and relaxation – aka brain waves or neural oscillations.
Zen-trained meditation masters are also said to produce more brain waves while meditating.
Philip Stein’s products contain a “natural frequency technology” disk which acts like an antenna to harness and channel “natural frequencies that are beneficial to the human body”.
That’s not all, the disks are tuned for different needs, with Philip Stein sleep bracelets designed to “channel the frequencies that can help wearers sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed”.
Philip Stein says it has conducted a scientific test which has proven that wearing its sleep bracelet – which oscillates at a certain frequency intended to create calmness – stimulates the human body to produce more melatonin, a naturally occurring chemical that controls the day/night cycle in humans, and other animals.
Update: These tests have not been on humans themselves, but “scientific studies on human cell cultures which in the presence of their (sic) technology have shown increased melatonin production, a naturally occurring chemical that controls the day/night cycle in humans, and other animals.”
And that’s how it is said to give you a good night’s sleep.
Philip Stein Natural Sleep Bracelets sell for around US $375. Alternatively, if you can’t sleep, you could always buy a 100 pack of Melatonin tablets online for around $10.