Teen attempts to change your sleep for the better

06/28/2016 05:47 am ET

Sleep. It’s 1/3rd of your life spent in unconsciousness. We sleep daily (or almost for some) but can you recount the number of times you were content with your sleep?

Probably after a lot of thinking, you’d recount one or two experiences when you were afresh and ready for the day ahead after a good night’s sleep. However, your thoughts would mostly fill up with those sleep deprived nights when you either couldn’t fall asleep or wake up in the morning. With the considerate amount of time spent in the activity and it’s direct relation to our daytime productivity, this is a matter of concern. As Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post says, We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness.


Surveys conducted by the NSF (1999-2004) reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days each month - with 20 percent reporting problem sleepiness a few days a week or more. On reading similar reports, you might be tempted to say that the modern lifestyle is to blame for the lack of sleep which consequently causes this issue. Alas! This is not a easy cure problem, the NSF further reports that despite sleeping within the recommended number of hours a night, 35% of Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” while 20% of Americans reported that they did not wake up feeling refreshed on any of the past seven days.

You may now be thinking that so what if we don’t have a friendly relationship with our sleep. Does it even matter? Isn’t it said that you must work hard to achieve your dreams rather than just continuing to dream. Sleep is a time of intense neurological activity—a rich time of renewal, memory consolidation, brain and neurochemical cleansing, and cognitive maintenance. Properly appraised, our sleeping time is as valuable a commodity as the time we are awake. In fact, getting the right amount of sleep enhances the quality of every minute we spend with our eyes open, says Arianna in her bestseller book. To summarize, if you aren’t content with your sleep, you won’t be productive during the day thus loosing all means of achieving your dreams.


So, what’s the solution? Sleep Research Centers across the globe have been researching means which can greatly enhance your sleep efficiency. There have been various attempts at building sleep improvement products but they're either highly inaccurate or require you to buy additional sensors to work properly. Using technology as a tool to incorporate the most important features that directly influence your sleep efficiency, I innovated SleepIsle, a sleep tracking and monitoring application that not only passively tracks and monitors your sleep but also gradually improves your sleep efficiency. 

I realized the importance of sleep during my senior year at High School. With so much work and activities to do, I found it difficult for the first time to cope up with my sleep needs. President Obama correctly said, kids today don’t wait for someone else to make the world a better place. We want to be the one to make the change. SleepIsle is my attempt to make the world a better place to live. From zero knowledge on iOS development, I learned Swift, a language made easy to use while being focused on the problem at hand.

Anushk Mittal, 17 <br>Founder, SleepIsle
Anushk Mittal, 17
Founder, SleepIsle

SleepIsle, a universal application for iOS, watchOS and tvOS platforms, is a one-stop solution to manage 1/3rd of your life spent sleeping. From tips to help you stay awake and fall asleep to nature videos that simulate natural surrounding, there’s everything that you need to improve your sleep efficiency. It’s easier than ever to understand the science behind sleep and know the geeky stuff behind sleep like sleep stages, cycles, and Heart Rate along with calories burned throughout the sleep. Moreover, the Push Notifications through SleepIsle help you maintain a regular meal pattern that can significantly influence the ease with which you fall asleep. Of course, you can’t relax with a heavy or upset stomach.

SleepIsle recently released support for CareKit™, an awesome platform that enables people to actively manage their sleep efficiency. The iPhone® app makes it easier than ever for you to keep track of your sleep care plan and monitor activities that significantly affect your sleep efficiency. SleepIsle also provides insights that can help you better compare and contrast different activities to your mood post sleep. I am excited to showcase a really creative way of using CareKit and ResearchKit outside the hospitals genre to enable more individuals to be in charge of their sleep irrespective of their physical locations.

The questionnaire built using the ResearchKit framework provides a simple and elegant means of asking information related to caffeine, alcohol and other significant factors that affect the quality of sleep. Along with an in-app integration of these great platforms, SleepIsle also uses HealthKit to be fully compatible with the native Health App and provides sleep analysis data to compare time asleep vs in-bed.  

We have innovated a unique feature that use AI bot with machine learning to chat with users in a more natural manner. The bot helps you feel motivated and inspired before going to sleep, thereby helping you with sweeter dreams. The bot is also available on the Messenger Platform to try for free. It’s a bliss for entrepreneurs and innovators who are in dearth of inspiration where the real work is done when asleep.

SleepIsle aims to change the way we sleep today and improve people’s daytime productivity and efficiency to make the world a better place. Our mission is to make people empowered enough to be in-charge of their sleep and ensure that everyone gets a good nights sleep. We use the latest technologies like Apple TV, iPhone, Apple Watch and Messenger Platform to reach users in unique ways that can have a profound effect on their lives. I am really excited to showcase the completely redesigned app with tons of innovative features releasing later this fall with support for iOS 10, watchOS 3 and tvOS 10. 

You can find SleepIsle on the App Store. If you're interested in supporting the development and try out the latest features, you may mail us to sign up as a Beta Tester.


P.S I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts. Email me to get in touch.

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