Summer Update June 14th, 2011 by Thomas Lipoma
With the recent weather it may not feel like summer here in Boston, but we finally have the entire team working full time at Nyx Devices. We might even be in our new offices by the end of the week. There hasn’t been much time lately for shirt development, but we have been hard at work geting prepared to deliver shirts to the local sleep lab. With any luck we will be testing a new shirt there every night.
We’ve received a lot of interest lately specifically from CPAP users which is great. Work on the Somnus Shirt originated from the idea that most insomniacs dont have access to sleep labs. We are starting to dive deeper into the idea that CPAP users could use the shirt to help improve their sleep with various CPAP treatments. We are also starting to try and prepare for a possible usability test with a small group of beta users in the mid-fall. If you are interested, sign up to our mailing list.
I have also been finalizing an idea for our first sleep experiment. The idea is that I will progressively drink more caffeine every day for a few weeks then watch my sleep as I either wean off of coffee or stop all together. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how the experiment will run and I need to build a set of shirts to wear for a period of a month. I should start my coffee test at the beginning of July and will update on the progress soon.
Recent Progress May 22nd, 2011 by Thomas Lipoma
Sorry for the lack of updates to the sleep tracker lately. Besides trying to graduate, over the last few weeks we have been busy working on a new iteration of our sleep recorder. Our new recorder can track sleep for multiple nights on a single charge and is much, much smaller. Once we sort out a few kinks, I should start wearing the shirt every night. So check back within the week for updates.
Hello from the Sleep Team April 24th, 2011 by Thomas Lipoma
I’ve only been at it for a few months now, but I have quickly learned that one of the worst parts of forming a company is laying awake at night consumed with how much unfinished work is left. Luckily, by forming a sleep company the only thing I can think about at night is sleep and that usually does a good job putting me out. The fact that I can only manage an average of six hours a night doesn’t seem to hurt either. What started out as a class project and minor curiousity has certainly exploded into a large part of my life. Through all the research that we conducted to get the Somnus Shirt off the ground, in addition to our close work with Dr. Bianchi at the MGH sleep lab, I have developed a strong passion for finding more about my personal sleep health.
I like to think I already know a decent amount about my sleep. For starters, being a student at MIT is not compatible with a good night’s sleep, and the full time job of getting a company off the ground does not help. I’m lucky to get 6 hours of sleep even on weekends. I know that this isn’t enough; I am often tired during the day, particularly in the morning. So far I have been able to fend off a severe coffee addiction but I don’t know how much longer I can keep that up. Due to my lack of sleep I generally sleep like a rock – at least I think I do.
Sleep misperception is a massive problem in the population. When I wake up in the morning all I am left with is a feeling of how well I slept. But how many times did I wake up in the middle of the night? If there were brief arousal periods I would have no way to remember it. Perhaps I’m actually waking up briefly all throughout the night which would keep me from sleeping deeply and leave me tired in the morning! To me, the worst fear of all is the fear of the unknown, and now I simply have to know how well I am actually sleeping. Stay posted for more on my pursuit of sleep health. And if you want to find out more about how I’m actually sleeping, head over to our sleep tracker where I post my night’s data as often as possible.