Sleep Tech Challenge

2 April 2019

A good night’s sleep can be hard to come by. As many as 1 in 5 people sleep poorly most nights, making poor sleep the second most common health complaint after pain (Royal Society for Public Health, 2016). The problem is not just tiredness. Bad sleeping habits are associated with a number of health and wellbeing issues: chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer and depression; reduced life expectancy and quality of life; and cognitive impairments, such as a diminished ability to learn, form memories and be creative. Whilst there has been a wave of gadgets and apps to track sleep, they often don’t address the core issue and leave people feeling unsupported as to how they can improve it.

Therefore, AXA were looking for affordable solutions that are proven to change behaviour and deliver better sleeping patterns in everyday life. As sleep behaviour is associated with many aspects of lifestyle such as nutrition, exercise and stress, a flexible and adaptive approach to collaboration with other solutions is important. The technology can focus on any sleeping issue/disorder but must be able to offer scientific evidence to back-up any claims about the solution and give progress feedback to the user. 

Full reference: Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), ‘Waking Up to the Health Benefits of Sleep’, Link (2016) [accessed 25th September 2018]

Timeshifter® - The Jet Lag App® - is developed with world-renowned scientists, based on the latest research in sleep and circadian neuroscience. With Timeshifter, you can create your own personalized jet lag plans based on your sleep pattern, chronotype, itinerary, and optional preferences such as pre-travel adjustment or the use of melatonin for even faster adaptation.

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LYS - LYS Technologies believes that good sleep starts with bright days and dark evenings.
With that in mind, they have taken a new approach to tackling sleep disruption in the modern workplace. It is based on science, data-driven and provides measurable benefits.

Rather than tracking sleep, which only describes the problem, LYS Technologies tracks the influencing factors on sleep. This influencing factor is light and the company provides a wearable Button and app that help users understand how the light in their everyday environments influence their sleep. User are now empowered and have the opportunity to sleep better by changing their habits.

To dive further into how light affects sleep, LYS Technologies has recently launched an app-based seven day corporate wellbeing programme to drive productivity in the workplace. Each user receives a personalised report with tangible insights and behaviour changing recommendations to improve sleep and energy levels during the day.

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Circadia - Circadia combines clinical grade, non-contact and non-invasive sleep monitoring with personalised sleep coaching delivered via the virtual sleep clinic and digital coach app. It helps users with insomnia fall asleep faster, wake-up refreshed, and boost daytime energy using artificial intelligence and tailored therapies. 


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