Some people have sweet dreams, a lucky few even have control over their lucid ones, but many others don’t get enough quality sleep at all. Approximately 50 to 70 million Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and running on very little sleep has negative affects on work productivity, happiness, and overall health. In response to this, a Polish startup called IntelClinic, has developed NeuroOn, the first brainwave monitoring sleep mask that allows you to sleep less, but more efficiently. The NeuroOn Kickstarter campaign raised four times the original goal, nearly half a million dollars.
NeuroOn is designed to give users an extra four hours of free time every day only by moving the person from monophasic to polyphasic sleep, which basically means that you can sleep less, but better.
Polyphasic sleep is a term referring to alternate sleep patterns that can reduce the required sleep time to just 2-6 hours daily. It involves breaking up your sleep into smaller parts throughout the day, which allows you to sleep less but feel as refreshed as if you slept for 8 hours or more.
In other words this is when you take scheduled short naps throughout the day, and spend less time sleeping. According to the NeuroOn Kickstarter page Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Napoleon and even Leonardo da Vinci were all dedicated polyphasic sleepers.
The mask is intended to help adjust your cycle using a series of sensors that distinguish between REM and NREM sleep stages.
“Both sleep stages are necessary for us,” said IntelClinic founder and medical student Kamil Adamczyk to Wired magazine. “A regular sleep contains only about 15 percent of REM sleep. We could regenerate faster if we would enlarge the time spent in REM sleep, and polyphasic sleep is all about it.”
Using intelligent analysis based on data collected by the NeuroOn, the mask will wake you up after your last REM phase, allowing you to feel fully rested and energized. This is comparable to patients visiting a sleep clinic, but instead of being prodded and probed by a number of wires, the sleep mask seemingly replaces all of this.
NeuroOn is equipped with various sensors to measure your biological signals, including: brainwaves (EEG – electroencephalography), muscle tension (EMG – electromyography) and eye movements (EOG – electrooculography). Apart from the brainwaves the mask monitors the movements of your eyes and the muscles in your face. All the data collected from a user’s sleep is transformed to digital analysis and sent wirelessly to an Android or iOS smartphone application. By doing this, the mask helps people track their sleep patterns and know which times of day are best for them to sleep.
IntelClinic says they will blow away the competitions because NeuroOn is the only mask that analyzes your body movement, your eye movement and your brainwaves all together for super accurate and reliable readings.
The prototype of NeuroOn was completed prior to the Kickstarter campaign, and now with the successful funding the final product is estimated for delivery by May 2014, but only for those early backers who pledged around $200 in hope of better naps.