Static magnetotherapy for the treatment of insomnia

Int J Electron Healthc. 2008;4(3-4):339-49. doi: 10.1504/IJEH.2008.02267.


Magnets have been used for centuries to treat a number of physical disorders. The vast majority of research, however, on static magnet therapy for insomnia has been confined to the auricular type of therapy, with publications limited to Chinese journals. Most of these studies have depended on the subjective self-assessment of participants rather than objective scientific measurements. In this study, the authors report the positive preliminary results of insomnia treatment using pillows with embedded magnets, magnetic insoles and TriPhase bracelets. The analysis is based on objective actigraphic and polysomnographic data. A theory of accelerated transition from wakefulness to sleep is proposed to explain the process of insomnia relief through low-strength static magnetic fields. Analysis by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is used to further investigate the theory.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Field Therapy*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pilot Projects
  • Polysomnography
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / physiopathology
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*
  • Wakefulness