Sleep technology hidden in a pillow
The Dreampad is a patented sleep technology guaranteed to help you power down for a great sleep. The pillow plays music through gentle vibration, a process which signals the nervous system’s relaxation response, making it easier to slow down and peacefully fall asleep. It is equally effective for all ages, and particularly helpful for those experiencing stress, hyper-arousal, anxiety and auditory sensitivity. An additional benefit of the Dreampad is that only the user can hear the music.
Research has been conducted on the Dreampad’s effectiveness with stress, sleep, autism and PTSD.
Our Customers Say…
I am a finnicky sleeper, have my own down pillow which I travel with and I couldn’t get used to the different feeling of the Dreampad. So I put it under my regular pillow and it works great. The music vibration carries through and I can hear it well. I set it to play through the night and when I wake up it puts me back to sleep. Thanks!
Thank you for this product. I had a head injury 14 years ago from a car crash and I’ve had difficulty sleeping since then, until using the Dreampad. From my first night trying it, I have been sleeping really well, many nights not waking up at all. Wish I’d had this a decade ago!
I purchased the Dreampad for my 11 year old with sensory issues. It has made a drastic difference in how she sleeps (no more night terrors) and she is waking up easier. She calls it her music pillow. We have been using it for about a month now and do believe it is worth the cost. - Tonya Ainsworth
The Dreampad has consistently improved the sleep of every patient who has used it. There has also been symptom reduction in patients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and various childhood disorders. The Dreampad is easy to use and convenient as its thin profile fits into a suitcase for travel. The new lower price makes it more affordable for my patients.
I tried the Dreampad and found that I don’t like music when I am going to sleep, even though it is pretty relaxing. I was about to return it for a refund when my wife tried it. She loves it, uses it every night. Now I have to get one for our daughter.
I run a small clinic and have quite a few clients with sleep and anxiety issues. The Dreampad has helped tremendously with prep for in clinic therapy as well as addressing sleep issues interfering with cooperation and performance. Have seen some amazing results.
The Science Behind the Dreampad
Every time we speak we hear ourselves in two way: externally and internally. Our voice carries through the air waves and enters our outer ear; simultaneously, the vibration from our larynx is carried by the body (primarily our bones, which are excellent conductors) to the inner ear. Have you ever noticed that your voice sounds different when you’re hearing it played back in a recording? The difference is because you’re not getting the resonance of the internal sound you receive when you speak.
The Dreampad technology replicates this natural process by playing music through transducers which convert the music into a vibration that travels internally to your inner ear.
One positive aspect of this is that you’re not disturbing others in the room when you’re using the Dreampad. More importantly, as the vibration moves toward the bony area surrounding your middle and inner ear, it is triggering your body’s relaxation response. Clinical data by researchers suggests that the calming effect of the Dreampad is a result of the vibrational music stimulating the vagus nerve, which in turn activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). Our PNS helps us regulate stress – if we’re in a state of hyper-arousal, or elevated stress, the PNS is the part of our nervous system which brings us down to a calmer place where we can relax and fall asleep.
The Dreampad has been tested with various populations, including adults, children, war veterans with PTSD, children with autism and sensory processing difficulties (see our research page). More studies are being developed to determine its effect on the autonomic nervous system as well as to identify specific groups who might benefit from its calming influence.
Quick Start Guide
Download Dreampad Sleep App to smart device
Connect smart device to Dreampad
Select song, adjust volume in Dreampad app
Place head on pillow and relax
The Sound of Waves Program
The new Dreampad music app includes a rhythmic breathing exercise in which you synch your breath to the sound of ocean waves.
Slow and focused deep breathing has been used over the centuries in many cultures to calm the mind. In today’s stressful world, it’s a wonderful tool for relaxing the body and mind whether the goal is to de-stress or have a good night’s sleep. Research shows that rhythmic breathing has the following effects:
- Reduce stress and engage our nervous system’s relaxation response
- Lower blood pressure and heart rate
- Increase production of GABA, a neurotransmitter which reduces stress
- Increase vagal tone, a key indicator of a healthy heart and a relaxed mind
The Sound of Waves program uses the rhythmic pattern of waves as a guide for your breathing. The idea is to sync your inhale/exhale rhythm with the ebb and flow of the wave, and maintain that pattern for an entire session (which could be a 10-minute de-stress session or a few minutes before falling asleep).
The 3 program options move at different breathing rates: Level I is a rate of 7 breaths per minute (bpm), Level II is a rate of 6 bpm, Level III is a rate of 5 bpm. We recommend starting at Level II; if your natural breathing pace is longer (slower) than the wave pattern, move up to Level III. As you become practiced, you will feel like you are breathing with the ocean and it will become easier and easier to fall into this rhythm when you lie down, or awake in the middle of the night.
- To find which level is right for you, start at Level II and see how it goes. If keeping up with the pattern makes you out of breath, try going down to Level I. The volume level should be clearly audible but on the quiet side.
- Begin inhaling at the point of silence right after the wave breaks. As you slowly inhale, you can hear the wave beginning to build. You will take a full deep breath as the wave builds and then slowly exhale as it breaks.
- After the wave breaks there is a moment of silence at which time you should be completing your exhale and beginning to inhale again. Again, inhale as the wave begins to build, and exhale as it breaks.
- You can lie either on your side, or on your back with your head turned to the side to better hear the wave.
- Breathing through your nose, begin each breath in the abdomen so that your stomach comes out as you inhale. (Placing one hand on the stomach can help you focus on this.)
- As you breath in and out, allow your exhale to lengthen; it should be slow and relaxed, and longer than your inhale.
- Don’t worry about precision; your breathing should be approximately in sync with the wave cycle
- Counting your breaths can sometimes help keep your mind from wandering. Count to 10 breaths and start over.
- If your mind wanders off and you find yourself re-thinking the same old stuff, don’t get frustrated. Come back to breathing with the rhythm of the wave. One breath at a time.
EFFECTIVENESS OF TWO NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE DISORDERED SLEEP BUT DO NOT HAVE A MEDICAL PROBLEM CAUSING THE SLEEP DISTURBANCE
Sharon A. Gutman, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Associate Professor, Columbia University Medical Center
Summary: The Columbia University Medical Center study has compared the effectiveness of the Dreampad™ and the iRest yoga meditation method in a 2-week intervention period with healthy adults ages 25-65.
Status: The study was accepted for publication in the The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Publication date: TBD.
A SLEEP INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR, Assistant Research Director, SPD Foundation
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine the immediate, short-term effects of Integrated Listening Systems’ (iLs) Dreampad on the sleep behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition, this study examined the effects of changes in sleep patterns on parent and family measures of stress and quality of life.
PRELIMINARY STUDY: THE EFFECT OF THE DREAMPAD ON CHILDREN WITH ADHD AND SLEEP- RELATED DIFFICULTIES
The Hallowell Center, New York, NY
Description: Pilot Study measuring changes in sleep patterns and daytime behavior among children with ADHD.
ILS DREAMPAD HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV) STUDY
Kelly L. Olson, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Research and Development, SleepImage
Abstract: This study measures the effect of the Dreampad on relaxation using heart rate variability (HRV); HRV is widely considered the most authoritative reference for the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which governs our relaxation response.
Abstract: Study conducted with 10 veterans suffering from PTSD. Each participant recorded their sleep habits and pain symptoms for two weeks prior to using the Dreampad and two weeks while using the Dreampad. Their journals included usage, sleep habits and other comments. Study participants were interviewed after initial Dreampad use and again three months later.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Dreampad is a sleep technology for reducing stress and improving sleep. It uses a patented audio method that relaxes the body and mind, and is audible only to the user. The Dreampad is supported by research and recommended by some of the top clinics and sleep doctors in the world. It is offered with a 30-day free trial, allowing users to return it if not satisfied.
It’s a unique technology but it’s actually pretty simple. Here are the basic steps: 1. Choose your Dreampad pillow type. 2. Download the music app (Apple and Android). 3. Set your music, volume and timer. 4. Connect to the pillow (either directly or by Bluetooth). 5. Get to sleep.
The Dreampad is different from traditional speakers in that the music travels from the pillow directly to your body, it doesn’t go out into the airwaves. As a result, only the person using it can hear the music.
The Dreampad is for all ages, from toddlers to seniors. More specifically, it is helpful for those who experience stress and have difficulty sleeping, including falling asleep and staying asleep. We caution against leaving it in the crib of a child under age one because of SIDS risk.
The Dreampad comes with a free download of the Dreampad Sleep App from the Apple or Android store. In addition, each purchase includes a 6-ft extension cable. There is no power source or battery within the Dreampad pillow itself.
We are all unique and have different reactions to the Dreampad. Most people acclimate to the Dreampad within a day or two. We suggest you try it for at least a few nights before you judge whether or not it’s for you. Clinicians report positive results with about 80% of their patients in the areas of stress reduction and improved sleep. If it doesn’t work for you, we offer a 30-day risk-free trial so you can return it for a full refund.
The only way to know if it suits you is to try it. We offer a 30-day free trial, so you can return it for a full refund of the purchase price if you don’t like it.
There are two health related caveats around Dreampad usage. We recommend that those prone to motion sickness begin using the Dreampad in short sessions of, say, 5-10 minutes to make sure the vibrational music does not trigger a reaction a reaction similar to that of motion sickness. We also caution against leaving the Dreampad in the crib of a child one year or younger because of the risk of SIDS. Children and adults with medical conditions should consult their doctor before using.
The Dreampad device is functionally closer to a speaker than a phone, i.e. it does not emit EMR. However, many people are concerned about radio waves emitted from phones. For those who prefer to be cautious (including us), we suggest putting your phone on Airplane Mode when using it with the Dreampad. In this mode, no radio signals can come in or go out, and the Dreampad app music will still play. Alternatively, you can use the Dreampad Bluetooth. This emits EMR but at a miniscule level (for comparison purposes, think of your cell phone reaching a tower miles away vs. the Bluetooth which has a reach of about 33 feet). A third option is to purchase our mp3 player, which comes loaded with Dreampad music. As an mp3 player, it does not emit any radio signals.
The Dreampad has been used safely with infants; however, we do not recommend using it with children under 12 months of age without adult supervision, and only for short periods of time, e.g. less than 30 minutes. Of course, the Dreampad, like all pillow-type products, should not be left in the crib of a child under 12 months of age because of the risk of suffocation. There is no age restriction for seniors using the product.
The Dreampad operates on the natural principle of ‘bone conduction.’ We all hear ourselves speak in 2 ways – sound waves from our mouth travel through the air and enter our outer ear, and sound vibrations from our voice box travel internally by bone to our inner ear. (This is why your voice sounds different on a recording: you’re not hearing it with the vibrational resonance you get when you speak). The Dreampad transducers replicate that natural sound vibration. As the music travels to your inner ear, it triggers your body’s relaxation response, the parasympathetic nervous system. This results in a calming effect which is conducive to falling asleep and staying asleep.
Yes, we have been fortunate to have many researchers contact us and conduct studies. Most notably, Columbia University completed a peer-reviewed study in 2016 showing the Dreampad’s effectiveness with stress related sleep problems. Other studies include: war veterans with PTSD, children with ADHD, children with autism, and the Dreampad effect compared to music through traditional speakers (hear rate variability study). All studies to date have shown statistical significance.
There are a few ways to use the product:
- Download the Dreampad app to your phone, put phone on Airplane Mode*, plug phone directly into Dreampad. Place phone in Dreampad pocket, or use the 6-foot extension that comes with Dreampad and put phone on bedside table.
Have an old phone? You can download the Dreampad app to it without needing a service plan.
- Use Bluetooth Receiver: After downloading the Dreampad app to your phone, pair phone with Bluetooth receiver (not included), connect Bluetooth to Dreampad. Place phone on airplane Mode (no radio signals can come or go, no electromagnetic frequency risk, no incoming calls can wake you up).
- Download Dreampad music files to an MP3 player and plug player directly into Dreampad.
Experiment with the Dreampad music options and volume levels to find what’s best for you. Note: side sleepers will use a much lower volume level than back sleepers.
We recommend using an appropriate sized pillow case with your Dreampad to keep it clean. Pillowcases are also available for purchase on the Dreampad website store.
When you begin using the Dreampad, we recommend setting the music sessions at 2 hours or less. After a week or so, you should be acclimated to the vibrational music and you can set the timer for longer periods. In particular, those who tend to wake up during the night like to set the music to play throughout the night to bring them back into a sleep state if they wake up.
Yes, the sound vibration from the Dreampad usually conducts up through other pillows. You can hear it and will experience the same relaxing effect. You may want to increase the volume level slightly.
Yes, the program can be re-started in the middle of the night but this may not be conducive to falling back asleep. Alternatively, you can set the program to run for a specific number of hours so you don’t have to wake up and fuss with the timer in the middle of the night.
Some people find it takes several nights to acclimate to the Dreampad. Others love it the first night. It’s all about individual preferences.
Yes, reading or studying while using the Dreampad is fine and may actually help your focus and attention… unless, of course, you fall asleep.
Yes, either is fine. The volume should be lower when sleeping on your side. The volume control is easy to use (keep in mind that it’s easy to adjust the volume level by simply moving your head slightly toward, or away from, the center of the Dreampad).
As long as you can hear the music, you will receive the benefits.
The extension cable may be used as an extension to the connection to your smart device if you prefer not to have it close to your pillow. Simply connect the extension cable to the Dreampad and to your phone, and keep the phone of a night table or drape it over the side of the bed. This also allows you to keep your phone plugged in and charging while listening during the night.
Dreampad music is developed in house based on the latest sleep research findings, including the core aspects of tempo, frequency, nature sounds and brain wave activity during sleep. There are 10 music options on the app, all of which are ambient except for one classical choice. Ambient, or a-melodic, music is preferred for sleeping because the brain tends to engage in a melody and while it may be relaxing, it’s not ideal for falling asleep.
The volume should be set at a comfortable level that allows you to relax and fall asleep. Too loud and you won’t be able to relax, too soft and you will find yourself straining to hear the music. Experiment with the volume; test it in different sleeping positions. A couple points to keep in mind: 1) the volume required to hear the music when lying on your back is typically higher than when sleeping on your side, 2) lie quietly for a minute and you will realize your ability to hear the music at a low volume improves as you listen.
The Dreampad Sleep App has a timer so you can set the music to play as long as you wish. If you purchase a pre-loaded mp3 player with the Dreampad music, each song plays for two hours and can be set to repeat if you wish.
There is no restriction on the duration of use, nor any known negative effects from extended use, although we recommend starting with shorter sessions to ensure that you are acclimated to the unique vibrational input (also called ‘bone conducted music’) before listening for longer periods of time.
The music that comes with the Dreampad is specifically created for use with Intrasound Technology for the purpose of falling and staying asleep. However, if you wish to listen to your own music through the Dreampad, we encourage you to experiment and enjoy different types of music.
Yes, the music should be audible; this is not a subliminal music program. If you can’t hear the music, a) make sure it’s playing by listening to it without the Dreampad, b) check your volume level, and c) make sure your connections are good. We recommend listening at a relatively low volume level. If there is ambient noise in the room, such as a fan or humidifier, this will interfere with your ability to hear the Dreampad music so we suggest either turning off the ambient sound or raising the volume of the Dreampad.
The music is probably either too loud or too engaging. First, make sure the volume isn’t so loud that it is preventing sleep. Second, consider changing to one of the other music options.
We think you will love the Dreampad, but if you are not happy with your purchase you can return it within 30 days for a full refund. The Dreampad must be returned in the original packaging with all parts and accessories in good condition to receive a refund. Note: Some people take a few days to adjust to the Dreampad. We recommend you try it for at least a few days before deciding to return the product.
The Dreampad contains electronic components that cannot be washed. Please spot clean only and use a washable pillow cover (available on the website as an accessory).
The Dreampad is warranted for one year from the date of purchase against manufacturer defects. Coverage is valid only with proof of purchase. Alteration of the Dreampad will void warranty.
If you are not satisfied with the Dreampad, return it within 30-days for a full refund. Go to our Dreampadsleep.com website, click on the Returns tab at the bottom of the page and fill out the form. We’ll send you a return confirmation and return label. You send back the Dreampad and we then process a credit.
If you would like a different type of Dreampad, you need to return your original purchase for a full refund and then place an order for the replacement.