PTSD? There’s an App For That [VIDEO]

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He won’t sleep until veterans can.

College student Tyler Skluzacek has  developed an app to aid veterans with PTSD avoid night terrors that abruptly wake them out of a deep sleep.  The app, called myBivy, for, for my bivouac,  can detect the symptoms of the onset of a panic attack which causes the night terrors by monitoring heart rate, breathing and other vital signs.

The app was the brainchild of Tyler and his team, who entered a contest called HackDC, with the aim of helping veterans.  The team won first place and is currently working with sleep experts and the VA with the goal of having the app ready for clinical testing early 2016.

Check out the incredible story below, and be sure to scroll to the bottom to watch the video.  

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A Minnesota college student has invented an app that prevents night terrors after witnessing his father, an Iraq war veteran, struggle with them himself.

Macalaster College senior Tyler Skluzacek was in the sixth grade when his dad, Sgt. First Class Patrick Skluzacek, was deployed to Iraq…

“Your dad just disappearing for a year and coming back a little bit different…I have a real personal connection to the PTSD problem,” Tyler told the news outlet…

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…After watching his dad struggle for years, Tyler was inspired to find a way to help all veterans dealing with PTSD be able to sleep through the night…

…The app tracks an individual’s heartbeat and movements in order to detect when night terrors are about to occur. The owner’s smartwatch or smartphone will then use sound or vibration to bring its user out of the deepest cycle of sleep and prevent night terrors while allowing them to remain asleep.

“After a couple weeks of tracking the soldier, we can find the exact symptoms of the onset of the panic attack and try to use the watch or use the android phone to disrupt that or take them out of the deep sleep, but keep them asleep,” Tyler explained.

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