Technology for the sleepless

03 Jul 2017

Sleeping well has become somewhat of a recent obsession in the modern world. Perhaps it’s because we’re living through a generation of the sleepless, with more people and particularly young adults and children unable to join the land of dreams as they used to. And in a predicted manner for today’s world, for every new issue that arises, spring up a myriad of tech companies with a hopeful solution.

What we know so far, especially when it comes to millennials, is that technology is a big player in disrupting sleep. Whether it’s this harmful blue light that is to blame, or the addictive nature of tech allurements, the LYS device isn’t about running right back to yet another artificial simulation to solve our issues, instead it uses technology, but only to monitor the light that each of us get everyday. The light we absorb affects our circadian rhythm and therefore our sleep. 

Now this might seem falsified to the highest degree, but according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, people who are intoxicated with alcohol can outperform those with sleep deprivation. While we indulge in the realm of ethereal dreams, our brain is occupied with clearing toxic proteins from its neurons that are secreted as a by-product while we’re awake. Needless to say, getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintain our highly functioning daily lives – particularly for urban dwellers working long hours.

It’s all about hopping from the shaded side of the street to the sun-filled one a couple of times a day, or making sure the correct light is produced from the light bulbs in our homes and workplaces. Fighting technology’s mysterious ways of entering all aspects of our lives – and at all kind of times – is often futile. The real challenge is to engage each and every one of us to become aware of how our surroundings make us feel. Good sleep will then follow.