The Food and Drug Administration of the US has approved an app for the Apple Watch that can help patients having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). FDA gave approval for NightWare to be marketed as an aid for the “temporary reduction of sleep disturbance related to nightmares in adults,”
The app is useful for people that suffer from nightmare disorders and disturbance in sleep as a result of PTSD. It uses Apple Watch’s sensors that monitor movements in the body and heart rate. It then creates a sleep profile for the patient.
Then it compares that data with the patient’s current heart rate and movements of the body. If the app detects changes in that data, it will trigger the vibrate of the Apple Watch to disrupt the user’s sleep and bring them out of the nightmare likely due to PTSD.
The app is available for only prescription-based users and is intended to use alongside prescribed PTSD medications and under the guidance of a healthcare provider.