How it started
My name is Julian Jagtenberg, one of the founders of Somnox. My story starts with my mother, who often felt tired and had little energy and a poor immune system
due to lack of sleep.
My mother tried everything to solve this; sleep medication, meditation, oils, visits to the doctor etc. She tried everything but nothing really worked. Even the doctor didn’t know what to do anymore and only prescribed medication with unpleasant side effects.
Disappointment after disappointment, I decided to help her myself. With a background as an engineer at the Delft University of Technology, I started researching sleep. My mission: to help my mother sleep well again without the need for medication.
The first prototypes
After talking to sleep scientists, studying thousands of pages of literature and doing several user studies, I came to an interesting insight: breathing and sleep have a lot in common. In fact, deep breathing calms your body & mind and leads to better sleep.
This is not a new principle since meditation and mindfulness are based on it. It also turned out that babies often unconsciously take over their parents’ breathing; the so-called ‘mimicking’. What if we could unconsciously influence our breathing to help our body relax and sleep better?
I gathered a team and developed the first prototypes of our Sleep Robot at the Delft University of Technology. The first versions didn’t help my mother at all… Too big, too heavy, too much noise. We almost gave up…
From idea to Somnox!
Until we finally found a way to make the breathing of the Sleep Robot so natural that my mother subconsciously took it over. She started sleeping again! Not yet the whole night, but it was a start!
This was the moment to improve our prototype even more. After a lot of research with other bad sleepers and a collaboration with Auping, we decided to release our patented invention. Somnox, a combination of sleep (‘Somno’) and night (‘nox’) in Latin, was born!
What once started as a solution for my mother’s sleep problems, has now grown into a Sleep Robot that helps thousands of people sleep better. That’s why we’re now on a mission to help even more people. Everyone should be able to experience the superpower of good sleep, right?
Join our team
Since 2016 Somnox has grown into an enthusiastic team with a mission; to make the superpower of sleep naturally accessible to everyone.
Sounds like you? We’re always looking for bright and talented people to join us.
The Dream Team
Founder | CTO
Wouter Kooyman Van Guldener
Founder | CFO
Founder | Head Of Growth
Founder | Lead Data
Laila van den Brink-Brahim
Account & Process Manager
E-mail & Content Marketer
Customer Support Hero
Kelly Van der Geest - Aspers
Lead UX Research
Embedded Software Developer
Muriël van Oers
Full Stack Developer Intern
Design Research Graduate Student