Priming

Prospective Memory

Priming is based on a strategy called Prospective Memory which is setting something up in the brain that has to be remembered in the future. The classic example is telling yourself that you need to wake at 6:30 a.m. in the morning, and setting an alarm clock. Invariably you will wake before the alarm because the brain has been primed to wake at that time.

Practice

In order to prime your child's  brain to wake to the sound of the alarm they need to practice what they are supposed to do when the alarm goes off. Before they settle down to go to sleep using the Urosensor have them lie in bed pretending to be asleep. Activate the alarm by placing something metal (a stainless steel knife) across the black sensing strips on the sensor. Ask your child to to get up, deactivate the alarm and go to the bathroom and pretend to pass urine, then return to bed and activate the alarm again. Practice this three or four times before they go to sleep during the first week of using the alarm so their brain is more ready to respond when they hear the alarm. At the outset we recommend that you get up when the alarm sounds in the night to ensure this procedure is followed and to give them support, particularly if they are a deep sleeper.

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