Connecting the circadian dots
Sleep problems such as insomnia have a significant impact on public health, affect the quality of life and productivity of millions daily, present a yearly economic burden in the billions, and are strongly associated with multiple comorbid conditions. Several factors affecting sleep are primarily behavioral and not always obvious. This project aims to detect the behaviors that affect sleep and use this knowledge to help users improve sleep habits. While asleep, a wearable sensor headband is used to track the quality of sleep. While awake, smart phones are used to capture behaviors that can impact sleep. Based on the data collected, the phones will also be used to provide context-sensitive suggestions and coaching elements borrowed from cognitive behavioral therapy to improve awake behaviors and sleep habits, while their communication capabilities will be used to enhance social support from sleeping partners and family members.