Sleep Balance Lamp

Around 20% of all people have problems maintaining a regular, balanced sleep pattern. It has been shown that being aware of one’s own sleep habits can greatly help with maintaining healthy sleep.

The ambient Sleep Balance Lamp depicts hours slept and hours of light and deep sleep over a 7-day period. Thereby giving an overview of how balanced the user’s sleep pattern is. 

Before going to sleep, you start the sleep lamp by fully retracting the central bead. The lamp will detect your sleep pattern by using motion sensors in your phone application. Therefore it is necessary to keep your phone by your bedside.

When you wake, you will be able to see the quality of sleep you had – the ratio of deep to light sleep – by looking at how far each respective bead has descended. The sleep lamp comes equipped with two quality beads (one for light sleep, one for heavy) and one central balancing bead for every day of the week, allowing you to monitor your weekly sleeping patterns and lead a more balanced life.

Many people have experienced what it’s like to have trouble falling asleep. According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million experience occasional sleep problems.

It’s an increasingly big problem in our society. People who sleep irregularly, such as those who work shifts or fly often and therefore frequently have jet lag especially feel the effects of sleep difficulties. Possible side effects of long-term irregular sleep can be very serious, for example depression.

We interviewed business travelers, backpackers, a nurse, a doctor, and a flight attendant. From these interviews we got several insights that we used to guide the process thenceforth.

Insight 1: Travelers lack suitable solutions to keep comfortable during long flights
I roll my sweater up and put it under my knees, to try to prevent falling forward in my seat.” – Mikael, backpacker

Insight 2: Frequent flyers have wildly different techniques to prevent and/or deal with jet lag
I always have a huge headache after flying and haven’t found anything that prevents it.” – Jørgen, backpacker

Insight 3: Shift workers can’t adjust their sleep to when they’re tired or a normal routine. They have to adjust it to a work schedule.
Sometimes you have to sleep right after work, even though you’re not tired, just because you know you have to be back at work in 8 hours. It’s hard to keep track of how much I’m sleeping.” – Nina, nurse who works irregular shifts

From the insights we found, we chose to work on the case of shift workers and develop a product that could help them keep track of their sleep. An original question we had in mind was:
“What if we could easily track our sleep patterns to better balance sleep and life?”

From the start, we wanted the design to be simple, unobtrusive and neutrally coloured – so as not to be to distracting in the bedroom. Numerous sketches and prototypes were made before settling on a shape.

As proper lighting is essential to good sleep and research has shown that bright lighting late at night stimulates wakefulness, we designed the sleep lamp to produce a glow. This allows users to manipulate it before going to bed without having to turn on any overhead lights.

The ambient light not only makes using the sleep lamp easier, but also gently illuminates the user’s room should they need to get up during the night.