Supported by Sheffield Hallam University the device has been scientifically developed by an expert team to help you ‘wind down’ and drift off to sleep. Clinical studies of the small pilot trial at Sheffield Hallam University confirmed that SleepCogni is effective in treating patients with insomnia showing that 50% of those trialed reported an improvement in quality of sleep and 40% reported an increase in sleep duration, in comparison to the leading gold-standard meditation CD.
The bedside device works together with a manual trigger that monitors the heart rate, mental alertness (measuring the response to a sleep cue) skin temperature and movement. It is a non-invasive, non-intrusive accurate way of taking heart measurements and is as simple to use as pressing a button. The uniqueness of SleepCogni is that it is personalised to the user; it monitors the body and – unlike any other device on the market – interacts with it, to produce a programme of audio, visual and tactile cues to help people reverse the ill-effects of the day and to induce sleep.
The device works by taking the users resting heart rate as the base line for the product, which vary depending on age, fitness, health etc. This is taken from the first night’s data. The trigger automatically calculates this through its optical light heart rate sensors worn on the index finger.
For many our normal pattern of winding down before bed now involves watching films, using smart phones or tablets, catching up with social media or just browsing the internet before bed, but it is these devices that emit blue light to which our body is most sensitive. Such sub-optimal lighting suppresses melatonin and disturbs our biological clock delaying our natural cues to sleep. SleepCogni reverses the ill effects of all of this with a revolutionary technology that doesn’t stimulate.
Immersive 3D sound.
Sound is an important sense in the world of sleep, it is a critical part that allows or distracts from getting to sleep. Sound specialist Martyn Ware, member of bands Human League and Heaven 17 was invited to develop the sound element of SleepCogni. He explained that masking sounds really help to distract the brain to forget the words of the day and gently fall asleep. He said “The idea of music or composition of certain types with certain rhythms, certain tempo or timbres may well, once assessed scientifically, help with relaxation.
SleepCogni has been designed by a team of designers incorporating a multifunctional contemporary aesthetic to fit into the bedroom environment. Even down to retracting away quietly when the device senses you are asleep, using a natural design of weight and magnetic force rather than noisy motors. Alongside the therapeutic SleepCogni programme, the device also boasts multi-functionality as it can be used as a bedside lamp and music stereo with additional functions such as sunset sleep and sunrise wake.
It adjusts its treatment based on your unique physiological profile and your sleep environment.
The sunset function which winds you down over a 30/45 minute period by using wavelengths of light that omit blue light. Along with the therapeutic functions this will replicate a sunset, perfect for a read before bed but with a cue to sleep.
The sunset function winds you down over a 30/45-minute period by using wavelengths of light avoiding the blue spectrum, perfect for a read before bed but crucially does not suppress melatonin which interferes with natural sleep cues. The sunrise function wakes you up naturally, representing a sunrise getting brighter and brighter over a 30-minute period.
International expert Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, founder of the London Sleep Centre and Sound specialist Martyn Ware, member of bands Human League and Heaven 17 are part of a team working together to improve sleep.
We have built an award winning product through a collaboration of worldwide leading universities, clinicians, technologists and sleep practitioners. We are going to better understand the science of sleep through data and technology.
Dr Maan van de Werken, Chronobiologist & chief scientific officer at SleepCogni said “In our stressful and 24-hour society many people experience difficulties with initiating sleep which can reduce sleep duration. Problems may occur during workdays when an alarm clock awakens you from a short sleep, increasing grogginess in the morning.
“Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes - end it shortens your life expentancy."
“New evidence suggested too much exposure to TV's, smartphones, tablets and computers can effect sleeping patterns."
“Nodding heads, stifled yawns and dark circle under the eyes have become a familiar sight in Finish classrooms as sleeping disorders have doubled among school-age children over the past two decades."
“Getting a good night's sleep is a crucial part of everyday lives, but its becoming increasingly difficult. A third of us are now considered severely sleep deprived and insomnia has become the most commonly reported mental health complaint in the UK."
"40 million Americans suffer from long team sleep disorders."
“One Third Of The UK population suffers from insomnia, a prolonged and usually abnormal inability to obtain adequate, uninterrupted sleep."
“Sleep improves your mood, helps you to learn, clear your brain of toxins, and helps you to concentrate.”