There are all sorts of things you can do to reduce stress and get more quality sleep. You can exercise, which usually boosts endorphins and serotonin levels. You can always have sex.
Or, you can strap a VR headset on.
That’s because the Kortex, described by its makers as “the world’s most effective wearable for stress and sleep management,” is an electronic device that claims to make your brain produce serotonin and melatonin while lowering cortisol. That means that the device could lower stress, depression and anxiety while helping you sleep better.
Developed by Fisher Wallace, the same company behind a product called the Stimulator, the Kortex is designed to be used in conjunction with a VR helmet, attaching to the strap on the back of your head. It can be used on its own, but the company is betting that, if used with relaxing VR experiences, the Kortex could become a great way to take a break during a stressful day.
As for whether it works or not, the Stimulator (which is essentially the same product and is already on sale) is cleared by the FDA. If you want to get in on the Kortex before it launches in July 2017, you can grab one for $299 on Indiegogo. It comes with VR Game Land’s End, which takes you on a journey through beautiful, otherworldly landscapes. You’ll still need to pick up a VR helmet, though.