The Dreampad was initially designed as a relaxation tool for children with high levels of anxiety, including those with trauma and autism. As parents and therapists used it, feedback came pouring in. The product worked: it helped calm kids of all ages, going to bed was no longer a chore, kids were sleeping better and behaving better. In many cases, a single child’s improved sleep had shifted the dynamic of the entire household.
Along with this good news there was a repeating comment that stood out. It went something like this: “My son is sleeping so much better since he started using the Dreampad, thank you! Recently, I’ve started ‘borrowing’ it from him while he’s sleeping and it’s helping my own sleep, too. When are you going to create a Dreampad pillow for adults?”
Yes, parents were shamelessly stealing their child’s Dreampad to deal with their own sleep problems. And it was working! With that, we began the design process of turning a pediatric, therapeutic pad into something every adult in the world would want to sleep with.
The new Dreampad line of four pillows was released in 2016 along with a new music app of ten songs specifically engineered for deep sleeping. Although the transition from pediatric therapy pad to the new Dreampad took a while, there are some benefits in having moved slowly. Most importantly, we can be confident that it is safe and that it works for most people. (Therapists report the Dreampad has helped about 80% of their clients.)
The gradual development of the product also allowed us the time for research. Third party researchers have measured the effects of the Dreampad on various groups, including ADHD, Autism, PTSD, seniors and adults with stress-related sleep challenges. Some of these were formal studies intended for publication, some were less formal pilot studies. In all cases, the results were powerful indications of the Dreampad’s unique impact on relaxation and sleep.
We continue to learn more about how and who this unique technology can help. Send us your feedback and suggestions. Team Dreampad reviews research proposals as well as requests from non-profits supporting those in need of less stress and a good night’s sleep.
P.S. If you are interested in Dreampad’s use of music for therapeutic purposes, you might also be interested in our parent company, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). iLs released the first music and movement program for improving brain function in 2007. Since that time, iLs has trained over 9,000 therapists in more than 30 countries, including therapy teams from Stanford, Harvard, and Duke pediatric hospitals. iLs programs are implemented in both clinic and home, and are applied to help children with learning and developmental difficulties as well as adults trying to say sharp as they age.
Sleep is at the core of everything we do. Our mission is to help people relax and get the sleep they need to be their best every day.
In this age when stress and sleep are such vital topics, we are motivated by the fact that we have a unique potential to help. We strive to support organizations and individuals whose focus is improving health by alleviating stress and improving sleep; these include women’s shelters, trauma relief, war veteran groups, autism and sensory processing disorder organizations.