If you have trouble getting enough sleep, you are not alone. Nearly 30% of adults from many western cultures report difficulty sleeping. Whether the problem is trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, waking up too early or just not feeling rested in the morning, sleep difficulties are increasingly common. Among many effects, lack of sleep increases appetite, negative emotions and stress hormones, as well as decreases visual-spatial speed, learning retention and immune function.
The good news is, recent studies have greatly increased our understanding of how the body goes to sleep, why we need sleep, and how the timing of our light exposure, eating, body temperature and activity affect the quality of our sleep. We all have daily schedules and routines that affect when, how much and what kind of light we get, food we eat and activities we do. In short, getting good sleep has a lot to do with the timing of things you already have and do in your life.
Using published research data on how light, food, temperature and activity timing affects sleep, we at AuraViva are building a mobile web application to help you shift your daily routines toward times and cycles that supports better sleep. We are targeting mid-December to launch the first application. If you want us to let you know when the application launches and receive a 2 week free trial, sign up for our newsletter. If you want to learn more about the science behind our sleep improvement solution, check out the circadian rhythms section of the website.