The human body is usually very good at keeping your core temperature right around 98.6°F. When it senses you're too cold or overly warm, it jumps into action, taking quick steps to bring your temperature back in line.
However, there are periods when your brain can have problems regulating body temperature. For women, menopause and the years leading up to it are one of these times. As noted by the North American Menopause Society (menopause.org), the hormonal changes that happen during menopause can cause the brain's internal thermostat to mistakenly believe the body is overheating. The result is a hot flash that's designed to quickly expel heat from the body. These episodes usually include a sudden burst of heat felt on the skin, as well as redness in the face, neck, and chest. Hot flashes can also include heavy perspiration in an effort to cool the body down fast.
While hot flashes are a natural and common occurrence, these episodes are typically stressful and fatiguing. When they happen in a professional setting, they can be embarrassing as well, disrupting your day and preventing you from continuing with your work.
That's why Embr Labs has developed Embr Wave®—a thermal wristband that works as a personal cooling device to bring safe, private, instant relief when you're having problems regulating body temperature.
Embr Wave: instant temperature relief on your wrist
Embr Wave looks a bit like a stylish bracelet or a smartwatch, but it's worn on the inside of your wrist where your skin is highly sensitive to changes in temperature. Generating warm or cool sensations on demand, the Wave taps into a neural pathway that rebalances how hot or cold you feel, offering immediate relief from hot flashes and other symptoms that arise when you're having problems regulating body temperature.
The science of local thermal sensations
Embr Wave harnesses your body's natural ability to draw comfort from local thermal sensations. It's like when you warm your hands on a cup of hot coffee on a wintry morning and you discover that your entire body feels a bit warmer. Or how, on a sweltering day in summer, simply splashing some ice water on your face can help you feel cooler overall. These local warming or cooling sensations on a sensitive part of your skin send a feel-good message to your brain that changes the way you perceive temperature, bringing rapid relief for hot flashes and other thermal conditions.
How the Wave helps with problems regulating body temperature
Within its sleek exterior, Embr Wave contains a thermoelectric heat pump that can instantly generate pleasing warm or cool sensations, delivered in precise patterns engineered to bring you optimal relief. When you experience hot flashes at night, for example, you can simply press a button on the device or tap in the mobile app to immediately activate waves of cooling that can last for 5 minutes up to 9 hours at a time. You control the temperature level and choose the settings that feel best for your body.
What causes problems regulating body temperature?
The hypothalamus is the body's internal thermostat, the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. When the body becomes too hot or cold, the hypothalamus triggers a number of actions designed to adjust how you feel. In the case of hot flashes, the hypothalamus (falsely) believes the body is overheating and needs to cool down fast. It causes the blood vessels beneath the skin to dilate, expelling heat quickly and causing a burst of uncomfortable warmth on the skin. It also triggers perspiration which cools the body as sweat on the skin evaporates.
When it comes to hot flashes, the problems regulating body temperature are related to hormonal changes which, for unknown reasons, wreak havoc with the body's internal thermostat. Other conditions that make it difficult to regulate body temperature can include infections, genetic disorders, nutrition problems, and issues in the brain such as tumors, injury, and aneurysms.
Benefits of Embr Wave
In addition to providing relief when you're having problems regulating body temperature, Embr Wave offers many other thermal wellness benefits.
If you've ever taken a warm bath or used a cold compress to alleviate stress, you've seen firsthand the natural relationship between temperature and stress. Embr Wave's warming and cooling sensations can help you feel calmer and more collected during tension-filled moments of the day. With the Wave on your wrist, all it takes is the press of a button to instantly feel soothing warm or cool sensations designed to settle your nerves and relax your body whenever you start to feel your anxiety rising.
Temperature is also strongly connected to the quality of your sleep. Embr Wave's gentle sensations of warmth or cooling help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. A clinical study performed with Johnson & Johnson found that participants who used the Wave for two weeks were able to reduce insomnia, minimize sleep disturbances, and mitigate nighttime hot flashes more effectively.
Embr Wave is designed for discreet and on-demand relief, so you can take control of your experience with temperature anywhere you go. When you feel too warm or cold, you can easily initiate a thermal session to help you feel more comfortable in seconds.
Unlock more potential with the mobile app
Connect your device with the Embr Wave 2 mobile app to customize your temperature sensations and gain access to more features and settings. Available from Google Play and the iOS App Store, the mobile app allows you to:
- Explore thermal sessions specifically designed to improve your comfort, reduce your stress, enhance your sleep, and manage your hot flashes.
- Edit, save, and rename sessions to personalize them.
- Set the temperature level for each session and choose your session duration, with runtimes ranging from 5 minutes to 9 hours.
- Easily access your favorite sessions by reprogramming the Wave's buttons.
- Keep track of the way you use the device to gain insight from your patterns.
- Download updates and improvements for your device.
Why do I have problems regulating body temperature?
Problems with regulating body temperature are influenced by a variety of things. For women, hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause create a number of thermoregulation issues. Genetic disorders, infections, nutrition problems, and injury or tumors in the brain can also cause problems with thermoregulation.
How does Embr Wave help regulate body temperature?
Embr Wave compensates for problems regulating body temperature by giving you the power to adjust your perceived temperature by up to 9°F. The Wave works a bit like a wearable AC unit or miniature heater, generating concentrated warm or cool sensations that are felt against the sensitive skin of your inner wrist. These sensations send feel-good signals to the part of your brain that's responsible for thermoregulation, triggering a natural response that helps your body quickly rebalance your experience of temperature so you can feel better.
Does the Wave change my core body temperature?
No—and it doesn't need to. Our experience of feeling "too hot" or "too cold" has very little to do with core body temperature, which stays around 98.6°F in most circumstances (even during a hot flash!). Your thermal comfort instead depends on your perceived temperature, which is influenced by factors like your environment and sensations felt across your body. Embr Wave takes advantage of how your body instinctively reacts to localized thermal sensations, allowing a little bit of temperature on your wrist to have a big impact on how you feel overall.