Sleep deprivation is a national epidemic. A research by Center for Disease Control showed that an estimated one third of the American adult population is not getting enough sleep. CDC goes as far as calling sleep deprivation a public health epidemic.
Getting situated for bed can be a time-consuming and even stressful time for people who should be at their most relaxed. Additionally, many people have difficulty waking up, and may forget certain steps in their routine that can change the course of their next day for the worst.
Temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep
“The lower the room temperatures were in the investigated area, the higher the levels of deep sleep and REM sleep were. Warm nights had greater wakefulness and higher REM latency.” (Basel, Karger, 1973)
Favored hues are red, orange, yellow
Lights should be dim, with gradually dimmer lights closer to bedtime
Sleep patterns follow 90 minute cycle; Wake-up should be timed at a break between cycles
Designing for the Naive User
We were intentional in many elements of our design of LITsleep. From the start of using the app, the user faces a simple interface that allows them no other option but to create an account and register their devices. Following this, the app directs the user to the Tracking page, which is the default for users. From the tracking page, they are able to set preferences for each piece of hardware.
Generating user trust plan
The user will gradually develop trust in the product overtime. They will be initially interested as the system begins to collect data and develop analytics about their sleeping habits. As the program learns, the system will become more and more effective and the user will see even greater improvement in their sleep. They will even feel more energy and overall health throughout their day. The ease of use and the dramatic increase in the quality of sleep will have the user trusting this product from the get-go. Before bringing LITsleep to market, we will develop the app and hardware functionalities extensively to ensure all room elements and biosensors are synchronized for increased trust.
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2. Debra Goldschmidt, C. (2018). The great American sleep recession. CNN. Retrieved 19 September 2018, from https://www.cnn.com/2015/02/18/health/great-sleep-recession/index.html