I sometimes marvel that we homo sapiens spend 25%-35% of our lives unconscious.
That is, sleeping. Somewhere around 1/4 to 1/3 of my entire life — and yours — will be spent doing, well, nothing of substance or consequence.
On the other hand, its not like we die and resuscitate every day. During sleep our bodies and minds are active. Its just our consciousness that is kept in the dark.
But maybe not so much anymore.
A new company in Waltham, MA named Zeo has brought to market a device they call the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach. It’s purpose? To help you better review and understand your sleep, and to improve your sleep in order to enhance your overall mental and physical well being.
The latter is an obvious and common sense idea — we all know that if we get ample and “better” sleep, we feel better, mentally and physically.
So the question is, can we somehow train ourselves to sleep “better”?
Zeo definitely thinks so - and it has enlisted an impressive roster of professionals and experts as advisors and team members to help the company help you sleep.
Zeo’s web site explains and illustrates the device far better than I can here — suffice to say you wear a headband while you sleep which delivers data to an alarm clock looking bedside device, which then puts the data on a memory stick which you use to upload to your PC and to Zeo’s online aggregation and analysis resource.
And David Pogue pretty favorably reviews the device in the NYTimes.
Shout out and thanks to Scott Kirsner for his tweet about this.
Image: Sleep, by Salvador Dali (oil painting, 1937)