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Everyone knows it’s important to get a good night’s sleep, but what if nightmares are keeping you aware? Frequent nightmares can disrupt your sleep, cause stress and interfere with your ability to function during the day. A diagnosis of “nightmare disorder” can occur if disturbing dreams cause stress and keep someone from getting enough sleep.(1)

This episode features Grady Hannah, co-founder and CEO of NightWare, the company behind an innovative prescription digital therapeutic that alleviates the effects of traumatic nightmares most often associated with PTSD.

Through software on an Apple Watch, NightWare monitors a persons’ sleep patterns, and uses machine learning to identify a patients’ nightmares and intervene in them. Once a nightmare is detected, NightWare can activate the watch to wake the sleeper out of traumatic nightmares, but without actually waking them out of sleep.

In this episode, we cover:

  • The problem and solution that led to developing a DTx for Apple Watch
  • The types of trauma that can lead to Nightmare Disorder or nightmares from PTSD
  • Evidence generation required to support FDA “Breakthrough Status” in 2020
  • How to reach out and educate prescribers

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Season 2 of Digital Therapeutics Podcast would not be possible without the support of leading DTx organizations. Thank you to:

> Presenting Partner: Amalgam Rx

> Contributing Sponsors: Akili | Big Health | Click Therapeutics | Lindus Health

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(1) Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nightmare-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353520

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