sleep

  • Don’t want your startup to fail? Arianna Huffington tells founders to go to bed

    Don’t want your startup to fail? Arianna Huffington tells founders to go to bed

    Sleep deprivation is the undoing of startup founders, according to Arianna Huffington. “There is this kind of founder myth that if you are a founder you can’t afford to get enough sleep,” she told me over the phone while catching a plane back to New York. “The truth is three-quarters of startups fail and if founders got more sleep they’d have a better… Read More

  • Chase down those ZZZ’s with new Sleepfulness app

    Chase down those ZZZ’s with new Sleepfulness app

    If you’ve ever looked at meditation and thought “that stuff just sends me to sleep,” you may just be onto something. Mindfulness Everywhere recently released Sleepfulness, an app to help you pull the plug on yet another long and horrific day, and dispatch you off to the land of nod. “A good night’s sleep means you have a gentler, brighter, and more focused… Read More

  • Sleep++ 2.0 Proves That There’s Still A Market For Apple Watch Apps

    Sleep++ 2.0 Proves That There’s Still A Market For Apple Watch Apps

    The Apple Watch was supposed to become the new thriving platform and App Store for third-party apps. 10 months later, it’s hard to name popular Watch apps. And there are reasons why the Apple Watch App Store isn’t as vibrant as the iOS App Store. But some developers, such as David Smith, have found ways to make your Watch more useful. Read More

  • Study Finds Social Media Leads To Sleep Disturbance

    Study Finds Social Media Leads To Sleep Disturbance

    Just when you thought it was safe to click on that funny Facebook video of an aardvark carrying a shovel to dig a hole under a cinderblock wall while a pair of Peruvian flute-players cavort in green onesies, researchers at the University Of Pittsburgh have found that social media wreaks havoc on your sleep patterns. The bottom line? “Young adults who spend a lot of time on social… Read More

  • Misfit Launches An SDK For Its Sleep And Activity Tracking, Including Shine Enterprise Partners

    Misfit Launches An SDK For Its Sleep And Activity Tracking, Including Shine Enterprise Partners

    Activity tracking and wellness startup Misfit continues to diversify its operation away from being a straightforward hardware play, with a new software development kit announced today. The Misfit Developer Toolkit lets third-party devs incorporate activity and sleep tracking abilities using Misfit’s data intelligence and Shine hardware. At launch, some 30+ partners are working with… Read More

  • Jawbone Looks At UP Data To See How Many Were Woken Up By The Napa Earthquake

    Jawbone Looks At UP Data To See How Many Were Woken Up By The Napa Earthquake

    Jawbone has shown one of the more interesting ways data gathered on its platform might be used for large-scale population studies: The fitness tracker company looked at its cumulative UP data to find out where wearers of its fitness bands were woken up by the South Napa earthquake that happened yesterday morning, and where people slept through the ground shaking. Jawbone found that… Read More

  • Meditation Resource Calm Raises Another $500K+ For An App That Helps You Focus, De-stress And Sleep

    Meditation Resource Calm Raises Another $500K+ For An App That Helps You Focus, De-stress And Sleep

    Calm.com, a company that began as an online relaxation resource that gives information-overloaded computer users a healthy mental break in their days before making the move to mobile early last year, has now raised an additional $578,000 in a new round of funding. The raise, which includes investment from Jason Calacanis’s Launch fund and AngelList syndicate, Matt Mullenweg, and Matt… Read More

  • Hands-On With The New Basis Sleep Tracker

    Hands-On With The New Basis Sleep Tracker

    One of the most popular wrist health trackers, the Basis B1 smartwatch, has added sleep cycles to variables it automatically tracks. I got my hands on an early beta version (which is now publicly available) and have been comparing it for the last week to other popular sleep trackers on the market. The upshot: of all the consumer-grade sleep trackers, the Basis is easily the most sophisticated. Read More

  • The “Zizz” Is An Intelligent Sleep Mask That Helps You Get Better Zzz’s

    The “Zizz” Is An Intelligent Sleep Mask That Helps You Get Better Zzz’s

    At TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 this past week, a Warsaw-based startup called IQ Intelclinic was showing off an intelligent sleeping mask which uses sensors to monitor the wearers’ sleep cycles, including REM and non-REM sleep, in order to determine if you’re getting quality Zzz’s at night. The mask uses small electrodes pressed to your head surrounded by cushy material… Read More

  • Study: Too Much Technology Has Destroyed Our Ability To Sleep

    It would appear that our increased reliance on technology has destroyed our ability to have a good night’s sleep. So says the 2011 Sleep in America poll, which was conducted by the the National Sleep Foundation. Something tells me they would be the guys to go to for all your sleep data needs. The study shows that 95 percent of Americans use a communication device (computer, phone, etc.)… Read More

  • Can't sleep? Turn off your iPad!

    You’re an animal. You’re a living creature not too dissimilar from a chimpanzee—well, I guess chimps don’t wear sneakers—, and yet you constantly fight your natural instincts. Like, you’re meant to be awake, alert and on the ready, during the daytime. The moment the sun begins to set you should be winding down your day. If the sun is down, you should be… Read More

  • Science vindicates afternoon naps, yet again

    We all know that sleeping is a good thing. It refreshes us. It gives us that “get-up-and-go” we need. There have been studies going back about as far as I can remember that an afternoon nap makes you more productive. The latest research finally gave me a sophisticated way to describe the afternoon powernap: “a biphasic sleep schedule”. Telling your boss that you are… Read More

  • ChiliBed mattress features built-in cooling and heating from 48 to 118 degrees

    A mattress for all seasons, as it were, the ChiliBed features mattress coils that carry cooled or heated water at temperatures ranging from 48 to 118 degrees. Developed by Todd Youngblood, the Chili technology is already available as a mattress pad although the ChiliBed will mark the first commercially available mattress to feature the heating and cooling built right in. Side note, Todd… Read More

  • New device for home-use analyzes sleep disorder patterns

    Measuring and monitoring brain waves to analyze why people have problems with sleeping isn’t an easy task. Normally, patients need to be examined in special laboratories and wear head sets with up to eight electrodes over a certain period of time. But now Osaka-based Siix Corporation and the Osaka Bioscience Institute Foundation have developed a simple device that makes it possible… Read More

  • Select Comfort’s ‘Sleep Number Pet Bed’

    If you’ve ever worried that you waste too much time on the internet, let me put those fears to rest with the following factoid: Did you know that Select Comfort makes a Sleep Number bed for your dog? For your DOG. It costs $132.99 (on sale, down from $189.99). Read More

  • Damn, this bed is making me hungry

    It’s just about lunchtime here in the Aamoth household and for some reason, I really feel like a delicious cheeseburger today. I can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with this delicious-looking cheeseburger bed that my wife would never go for. Read More

  • Vibrating pillow alarm clock buzzes you awake but doesn’t wake bedmate(s)

    I’m on a new kick: silent wake-ups. The vibration setting on the SleepTracker watch I reviewed has turned out to be a far less agitating way to start the day than waking up to a blaring alarm clock. Read More

  • Review: Sleeptracker Pro

    Quick Version: If you’re a light to moderate sleeper and you can’t seem to wake up on the right side of the bed, the $179 (MSRP) Sleeptracker Pro might be just what you need. Read More

  • Magical light to make you sleep well

    This new gizmo called the NightWave Sleep Assistant aims to induce pre-sleep relaxation. It projects a calming blue light in your bedroom that rises and falls. While you lay in bed, you synchronize your breathing with the light and eventually the light becomes slower and slower, causing you to drift off into sleep. Read More

  • VORP! TICK TOCK! Alarm clock slowly hovers upward

    I keep my alarm clock just outside my bedroom, which allows me to wake up early with the miniscule side-effect of being almost totally overwhelmed by agitation and puffy-eyed rage for the first two hours of each day. At least I don’t hit snooze, though. Though I’d likely find a way to rip this vertically-ascending orange ball of an alarm clock from the ceiling, it might be a… Read More