Sleep well again, with the Somnox Sleep Robot
The Somnox Sleep Robot can have a positive effect on relaxation and sleep quality. Our first research has shown that 75% of our users fall asleep faster and more easily with the Sleep Robot. From the people who took over 30 minutes to fall asleep, the Sleep Robot reduced this time by an average of 21 minutes. Download our whitepaper to learn more about the science behind our product.
Waking up to the global sleep crisis
Currently, one out of five people suffers from sleep problems. These problems include difficulty initiating sleep, frequent awakenings and early morning awakenings . The consequences of these symptoms have a large impact on our quality of life . Chronic sleep deprivation can even lead to diseases such as depression, diabetes and cardiovascular problems .
The most important risk factor for sleep deprivation is stress. We take stress with us when going to bed, thus depriving us of a good night’s rest. This results in lower resilience to stress, which further worsens sleep quality .
In order to combat sleep problems, many people have turned to pharmaceuticals which can have harmful side-effects . Through breathing exercises, soothing sounds and by providing affection, the Somnox Sleep Robot can help improve your sleep quality in a natural way.
Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, resulting in shallow breathing, increased heart rate and poor sleep quality. In order to feel more relaxed, our autonomic nervous system should be in balance . This can be achieved by slow breathing techniques: a technique in which your breathing frequency is between 4-10 breaths per minute. Slow breathing can reduce perceived stress levels and therefore improve sleep [7-10].
How can the Sleep Robot help?
The Somnox Sleep Robot has been designed to decrease your breathing frequency during the night and bring your body into a more relaxed state. The Sleep Robot guides you towards slower breathing by synchronization of your breathing with the breathing frequency of the Sleep Robot. This synchronization concept is based on a study with infants that adapted to a regular breathing frequency of a “breathing” teddy bear .
Research shows that musical interventions improve the perception of sleep and quality of life [12,13]. In particular meditation music and nature sounds are known to induce a calm state and reduce feelings of stress .
How can the Sleep Robot help?
The Somnox Sleep Robot can play meditation music, white noise, pink noise and nature sounds. The sounds can strengthen the calming effect of the Sleep Robot’s breathing pattern. You can select the desired sound through the Somnox mobile application.
The shape of the Sleep Robot is designed to help you maintain a natural sleep position while hugging it, without deviating from the natural neck and shoulder alignment. In this way, it accommodates the most common fetal sleep position. The dimensions of the Sleep Robot have been determined based on the TU Delft anthropometric database .
How can the Sleep Robot help?
The Sleep Robot is designed to be comfy, useful, and easy to use. Affection is mainly ensured by the ergonomic shape of the robot and the soft materials used. The Sleep Robots’ shape is designed to allow sleepers to comfortably place it on their chest, wrap their arms around it, and hug it. In this way, the Sleep Robot offers extra comfort to get you through the night.
In the near future, more research will be performed to validate the positive effect of the Sleep Robot. Want to try our Sleep Robot? You can now experience it yourself and test our Sleep Robot, in the comfort of your own bed.
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