Efficacy of Brain Entrainment Technology on Sleep Quality in Military Healthcare
Name: MeLisa Gantt
Organization: The Geneva Foundation
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Kaiserlautern Mil. Com. & Weisbaden)
Year Published: 2016
This study is a follow on study to the Sound Mind Warrior (SMW) Study which assessed
the efficacy of an innovative auditory-neurophysiologic technique called Brain
Entrainment Technology (also known as Binaural Beat Technology [BBT]). The SMW
study assessed the efficacy of BBT (in the “theta” brainwave frequency) on stress and
stress related cardiovascular measures (ClinicalTrials.gov [NCT02328690]).
This study will now assess BBT (in the “delta” brainwave frequency) on sleep quality in
a population of military healthcare beneficiaries. The aims of the study are: 1) To
assess if there is a significant improvement in sleep quality after using BBT when
compared to baseline sleep quality, 2) To assess if there is a correlation between sleep
quality and c-reactive protein levels after using BBT when compared to baseline
measures, and 3) To assess if there are any significant correlations between the
participants’ demographics and the various outcome measures after using BBT.
DESIGN: This study will follow a prospective, one group pre- and post-intervention
METHOD: A sample of 162 military healthcare beneficiaries will use the technology
every night for two weeks. While using the technology, quantitative and qualitative sleep
measures as well as c-reactive protein levels will be obtained to be compared to
LONG TERM OBJECTIVE: To conduct a series of randomized control trials using this
technology in the various other brainwave frequencies (ex. beta brainwave frequency to
improve focus, vigilance and resiliency) in a controlled laboratory environment with
more sophisticated physiologic measures (ex. electroencephalography, cardiovascular
reactivity, diurnal biomarkers, etc.).
MILITARY NURSING IMPLICATIONS: BBT does not require a doctor’s order nor does
it need to be administered by an advance practice provider. It can be an independent
nurse initiated action at the bedside, in an outpatient setting, and even on the battlefield.
Since military nurses themselves are vulnerable for poor sleep quality due to working
varying hours and shifts, BBT can also be used as a self-care option, in turn ensuring
patient safety which is one of the key factors to becoming a High Reliability Organization.